ICEL Brexit Series - Implications for All-Ireland Trade
Trade is arguably the most contentious area in upcoming negotiations between the United Kingdom and EU27 in the context of the UK's withdrawal from the EU. A competence of the European Union, the UK will have to renegotiate its trading relationship with its European partners, a matter that poses a serious challenge for the island of Ireland, in particular as speculation mounts as to the necessary reemergence of a hard border with Northern Ireland, the resurrection of customs or "trade facilitation posts" and depending on whether the UK opts for a hard or soft Brexit after the 8th June elections, the distinct possibility of the UK departing the customs union and seeking to assert itself as a standalone member of the WTO and to establish its own tariff schedules. As the negotiations intensify, the ICEL proposes to examine the legal implications of both a soft and hard Brexit for trade on the island of Ireland in a full-day conference with leading practitioners, academics and stakeholders in this field, exploring the potential consequences of the various options open to the negotiating parties.
Charlie Flanagan T.D., Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade - Opening address - TBC
Bernard McNamara - Managing Partner, NCTM Brussels - Basic structure of the WTO and the rights and obligations of the UK and the other WTO members in implementing a standalone country schedules.
Timothy Lyons QC BL – 39 Essex Chambers, London - Customs union - EU foundation stone, Brexit stumbling stone.
Philip Lee - Managing Partner, Philip Lee Solicitors - The likely implications of hard and soft Brexit for Irish practitioners.
Katie Daughen - Head of Brexit Research and Support Services, British Irish Chamber of Commerce
Prof. Joseph McMahon, Dean of Law, University College Dublin - TBC
Verona Murphy - President of the Irish Road Haulage Association – TBC