The outcome of the UK’s negotiations with the EU will have far-reaching consequences for the UK’s relationship with its European neighbours.

The aim of this project is to examine and communicate research on the negotiations between the UK and the EU, the UK’s relationship with the European Union, and the UK’s broader relations with ‘Europe’. The first phase of the research will be to follow the Article 50 negotiations, to examine the positions taken by the two sides, and to explore the implications of the various scenarios. Thereafter, the focus will be on the interaction between the UK and the EU, the UK’s wider repositioning in Europe, and the impact on the UK and EU sides. The research will pay particular attention to the positions and action of the EU institutions and the EU-27, which are often overlooked or downplayed in coverage of Brexit in the UK. 

The findings of the research will be published in several forms, including blogs, podcasts and academic articles, and will be accompanied by a series of animations. A programme of events – national, international, regional and local – is planned.

The project is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council under its ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ programme. ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’ was created in 2015, and has achieved a strong reputation for its independence and the quality and rigour of its analysis. 

Professor Kassim is one of nine Senior Fellows appointed under the programme in 2019. He was previously PI of ‘Negotiating Brexit: national governments, EU institutions, and the UK’, a cross-national observatory monitoring approaches to the Article 50 negotiations on the part of 15 member states, Norway, and the EU institutions. Professor Kassim previously held a Senior Fellow in the first round in 2015. In his career, Professor Kassim has published widely on the relationship between the EU and its member states, the EU institutions, and policy in competition and in aviation. View Professor Kassim's previous publications.


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  • Professor Hussein Kassim, Principal Investigator, ESRC Senior Fellow, UK in a Changing Europe, and UEA
  • Dr Cleo Davies, Senior Research Associate, UEA
  • Dr Pippa Lacey, Administrative Assistant, UEA


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Past Events:


ESRC ‘UK in a Changing Europe’  Thursday 12 March 2020  

British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

A one-day conference that brought together expert commentators to assess what is at stake in the second phase of EU-UK negotiation, to examine the positions of key actors, and to contemplate what lies beyond.

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"Brexit: where are we now? Ask an expert”

Saturday 23 November 2019, The Forum, Norwich

Our two events, organised by Professor Hussein Kassim under his Senior Fellowship under the ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ programme, offered the chance for people from Norwich and Norfolk the opportunity to put their questions to a panel of independent experts.

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“Brexit: a pre-election stock-take. Making sense of Brexit”

Mon 9 December 2019, 6.30pm, University of East Anglia, Norwich

Panellists at the event on 9 December at The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia, included 

  • Professor Sir John Curtice, University of Strathclyde and ESRC Senior Fellow ‘UK in a Changing Europe’
  • Jill Rutter, ESRC Senior Fellow ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ and formerly Institute for Government
  • Allie Renison, Head of EU and Trade Policy, Institute of Directors
  • Dr Nikos Skoutaris, School of Law, UEA, and 
  • Professor Hussein Kassim, School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, UEA and ESRC Senior Fellow ‘UK in a Changing Europe’. 

The panel was chaired by Annabelle Dickson, Political Correspondent, Politico.

Topics covered included: trade and future ‘red tape’ within the UK and between the UK and the EU, the civil service, the Irish border, the domestic debate about Brexit in the UK, and the perspective from Brussels.

The event was reported by BBC 'Look East' on 9 December.