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Brexit, Citizens’ Rights and their Protection

Brexit, Citizens’ Rights and their Protection

The DCU Brexit Institute hosted an event today on ‘Brexit, Citizens Rights and their Protection’, jointly organised with the European Parliament representation office in Dublin.

The workshop examined specifically the issue of rights of EU citizens in the UK and the rights of UK citizens in the EU after withdrawal –one of the three main items in the withdrawal negotiations currently underway between the UK Government and the European Commission.

The event was opened with a keynote speech by Bertie Ahern (former Taoiseach). It then featured a panel of leading academics and policy-makers, including Pieter Cleppe (Head of Brussels Office, Open Europe), Ciaran Burke (Professor of International Law, University of Jena, and Law Reform Commission), Brenda Daly (Senior Lecturer, Dublin City University) and Dimitry Kochenov (Professor of European Law, University of Groningen). This panel was chaired by Dearbhail McDonald (Irish Independent)

The workshop finished with a debate between David Campbell Bannerman (Conservative MEPs Joint-Spokesman for International Trade) and Bernard Durkan (TD, Fine Gael), chaired by Federico Fabbrini (DCU Brexit Institute).

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5th October, 2017