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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. For further information, see project website and list of correspondents. Professor Kassim previously held a Senior Fellow in the first round in 2015. His previous publications can be accessed here. 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.

Negotiating the Future Team

Professor Hussein Kassim, Principal Investigator, ESRC Senior Fellow, UK in a Changing Europe, and UEA

Dr Katja Swider, Research Assistant, UEA

Dr Pippa Lacey, Administrative Assistant, UEA

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With the General Election coming up, we are organizing two events, featuring academics from UEA and ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’, to review where we are with Brexit and to give you the chance to have your questions answered by independent experts:

Mon 9 December, 6.30pm 

University of East Anglia, Norwich

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

Chair: Annabelle Dickson, Political Correspondent, Politico

Panellists include: Professor Sir John Curtice, University of Strathclyde, and Senior Fellow ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’ (via Skype), Allie Renison, Head of EU and Trade Policy, Institute of Directors, Jill Rutter, ESRC Senior Research Fellow, ‘The UK in a Changing Europe', Professor Hussein Kassim, UEA and Senior Fellow ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’, Dr Nikos Skoutaris, Associate Professor in EU Law, UEA

The UK in a Changing Europe: “provides an authoritative, non-partisan and impartial reference point for those looking for information, insights and analysis about UK-EU relations that stands aside from the politics surrounding the debate”.

To book for this free event

Please join us for free refreshments after the panel discussion



Saturday 23 November 2019

The Forum, Norwich

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

Chair: Annabelle Dickson, Political Correspondent, Politico

Panellists include: Professor Catherine Barnard, University of Cambridge and ESRC Senior Fellow ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’, Professor Andy Jordan, UEA, Professor Hussein Kassim, UEA and Senior Fellow ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’, Dr Nikos Skoutaris, UEA