The University and Europe

Understanding Brexit

Public events, analysis and research from the University examining what is next for Europe.

Research and analysis

The University of Edinburgh has published its evidence to the Migration Advisory Committee on EEA workers in the UK labour market. (6 November 2017)

The Scottish Centre on European Relations features a comment piece Brexit and Indyref2 from Charlie Jeffery, Professor of Politics, University of Edinburgh. (22 March 2017)

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee is holding an inquiry into the risks and opportunities for science and research following the Brexit vote. Following their call for evidence, the University made the following written submission to the Committee. (26 August 2016)

The Conversation features academic debate on big business from Kenneth Amaeshi, Associate Professor of Strategy and International Business at the University of Edinburgh. (5 July 2016)

The Conversation features academic debate on world trade from Kristen Hopewell, Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at the University of Edinburgh. (29 June 2016)


Centre on Constitutional Change - researching the UK’s changing constitutional relationships.

European Futures - an academic blog on Europe and European affairs from the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Europa Institute.

Research Support Office blog (EASE login required) - opinions from: Catherine Burns, advisor on research funding opportunities for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science; Angela Noble, expert advisor on EU funding policy and strategy; and Alan Kennedy, expert advisor for EU applications and opportunities.

Scottish Centre on European Relations - a new independent and unaligned EU think tank based in Edinburgh. The Advisory Board includes the following University of Edinburgh staff: Christina Boswell, Professor of Politics; Dr Tobias Lock Senior Lecturer and co-director Europa Institute; and Professor Drew Scott co-director Europa Institute.

Public events

The European Union Society, with the support of Edinburgh Global, is hosting an event on Tuesday 6 November 2018 - Scotland and Brexit: The Way Ahead, with Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations.

The European Union Society hosted an event to mark Europe Day on 9 May 2018 - The EU’s Post-Brexit Foreign Policy: A Europe Day Discussion.

The Business School and the David Hume Institute hosted an event on Thursday 24 May 2018 where Lord Kerr, former diplomat and author of Article 50, will discuss his views on Brexit.

The University of Edinburgh Business and Law Schools hosted a joint event to provide a unique perspective from Minister François Voeffray, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom. A Year to go: Brexit and Beyond will take place on Tuesday 1 May 2018.

The Europa Institute and the Scottish Centre on European Relations hosted Willie Rennie MSP, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, at a public event on Scotland and Brexit: The Path Ahead on Wednesday 27 September 2017.

The University of Edinburgh Business School hosted The Challenge of Brexit: An Irish View on 10 July 2017. Dan Mulhall, Ireland’s Ambassador to the UK, discussed Brexit and the likely impact on business and the UK economy, and our long term relations with Europe.

The European Union Society hosted the Maltese High Commissioner, as part of the Council of the European Union presidency visit to Scotland. He discussed Meeting Europe’s Challenges: Malta’s Perspective at an event on Wednesday 28 June 2017.

The Europa Institute and the Scottish Centre on European Relations hosted Elmar Brok MEP, European People’s Party Brexit Coordinator, at a public event on The Future of the European Union on Monday 22 May 2017.

Edinburgh Global hosted a public event Charting the Course of Brexit: A Europe Day Discussion on Tuesday 9 May 2017.

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, one of the foundational moments for the European Union, the Edinburgh Europa Institute hosted a public lecture on Wednesday 29 March 2017. In Scotland: A European Nation, Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hylsop MSP reflected on this anniversary and discussed Scotland's place in Europe.

Irish Ambassador to the UK, H. E. Dan Mulhall, spoke on Scottish–Irish Relations: Past, Present and Post-Brexit at Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland on 23 March 2017, organised jointly by the Academy of Government at the University of Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh University European Union Society, Consulate General of Ireland in Edinburgh and the Consulate General of Germany in Edinburgh held a public event on 7 March 2017: What Future for the European Union? Sixty Years on from the Treaty of Rome.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, led an alumni forum in Brussels where senior staff and alumni discussed the implications of Brexit. A short film shows alumni and University staff discussing why debating the European question is so important.

The University of Edinburgh's European Union Society held an event on 19 January 2017 with the Irish Consul General in Edinburgh, Dr Mark Hanniffy - Brexit: Its Impact on Ireland and British-Irish Relations.

The Europa Institute hosted a lecture by the President of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court on Monday 30 January 2017. In The UK after Brexit: EEA Plus/Minus? Professor Carl Baudenbacher explored whether the European Economic Area (EEA) model, or a variation of it, would be a suitable way forward for the UK after Brexit.

Axelle Lemaire, the French Minister of State for Digital Affairs and Innovation, located within the French Government's Department of Economy and Finance, visited the University of Edinburgh on 22 November 2016 for talks about digital innovation and strengthening Franco-British links during and after Brexit. She also gave a public presentation called 'The digital economy needs an open environment'. In this short interview, Mme Lemaire expresses her desire to see higher education institutions in the UK work closely with partners in the EU, post Brexit.

Brexit and You is a series of public events about the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Some of the country’s leading researchers in the fields of immigration, European history, citizenship, and the economy will be on hand to answer questions about Brexit’s potential effect. Brexit and You is a non-partisan event and the format will be based on discussion, rather than a lecture. Input from the public is as important as that of the experts. Follow the discussion on Twitter @brexitandyou.

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