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NEXTEUK - Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

Centre for European Research (CER), Queen Mary University of London

Dear Colleagues, Friends and Followers,

NEXTEUK and CER team is closing a very eventful 2021 year, albeit mostly virtual. In a context of difficult and tensed high politics, our roundtables on British influence over the EU in post-Brexit times and on Freedom, Security and Justice post-Brexit: The UK-EU Relationship in Troubled Waters have gathered leading practitioners, academics, and experts to talk in a confident environment about the way forward, thus creating a trustful platform of exchange between leading academics and key policy-makers. Our 2021 Virtual Summer School edition was very successful, enabling a community of young scholars to exchange on their research and to meet leading scholars in the field of EU-UK. This community has been growing and we hope to soon share with you their collective output on an outlook of EU-UK relations by 2030. We hope to hold our 2022 Summer School face to face, but please stay tuned beginning of 2022 for more information and a call for paper.

I also want to draw your attention to the 13 and 14 January conference that will by following a hybrid format. You can find the full programme here. The online registration is available here. If you can join us in person in Paris please send an email to Special thanks to Agathe Piquet team manager of the NEXTEUK project, as well as to Tinahy Andriamasomanana and Jeanne Boillot for their work and to all our NEXTEUK and CER team of experts who continue to lead frontier-edge research on Europe and the UK. Wishing you a restful holiday

Sarah Wolff

Upcoming Events 

2022 NEXTEUK International Conference: 'Global Order and the future of EU-UK relations'

13-14 January 2022

University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP)
9-11 Rue de Constantine, 75007 Paris 

(Please note that you will need to present your ticket along with your "passe sanitaire" upon entry (in paper or digital form). You will be required to wear a mask for the duration of the event)

This two-day conference will take place at the University of London in Paris (9-11 rue Constantine) on 13 and 14 January 2022. It will gather academics from various disciplines interested in the topic of Global Order and the future of EU-UK relations.

The academic programme will be complemented by keynotes and policy events, and will provide a networking opportunity between policymakers and scholars at all stages of their career. The online registration is available here.

Key topics driving this conference include, but are not limited to:

  • EU-UK security relationship
  • EU-UK trade and economic relationship and policies
  • EU foreign and defence strategies
  • EU-UK relations in 2030
  • EU-UK sectoral relations 
  • UK foreign and defence policies
  • Transatlantic and multilateral cooperation
  • Climate change and the challenges to human security
Past Events 

Freedom, Security and Justice post-Brexit: The UK-EU Relationship in Troubled Waters


On November 19th, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence NEXTEUK on the Future of EU-UK Relations (Queen Mary, University of London) and the Jean Monnet Chair RE-CON on EU-UK internal security relationship post-Brexit (Northumbria University) organized an event on "Freedom, Security and Justice post-Brexit: The UK-EU Relationship in Troubled Waters".

Sir Julian King (former British European Commissioner for the Security Union and British ambassador) opened this event with a keynote speech entitled 'Meeting shared challenges. Protecting our shared values'. Dr Helena Farrand Carrapico (Northumbria University) was the chair.

Session I: 'Meeting shared challenges. Protecting our shared values'

The second session of this event was titled 'You can’t always get what you want. The impact of Brexit on UK internal security.' Lord Ricketts (member of the Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the House of Lords, former National Security Adviser and British ambassador), Baroness Hamwee (Chair of the Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the House of Lords), Professor Christian Kaunert (Dublin City University and Jean Monnet Chair (EUCTER)) and Professor Elaine Fahey (City University of London and Jean Monnet Chair (Law and Transatlantic Relations)) discussed the impact of Brexit on UK internal security. The event was chaired by Dr Benjamin Martill (Lecturer, University of Edinburgh).

Session II: 'You can’t always get what you want. The impact of Brexit on UK internal security.'

The third part of this event was titled 'With or without U(K): the post-Brexit Area of Freedom, Security and Justice.' Dr Chloé Brière (Associate Professor, Université libre de Bruxelles), Ms Camino Mortera-Martinez (Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform) and Professor Florian Trauner (Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Jean Monnet Chair (EXPAND)) discussed the impact of Brexit on the EU's Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ). The event was chaired by Dr Agathe Piquet (Postdoctoral researcher, QMUL and co-manager of the Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence (NEXTEUK).

Session III: 'With or without U(K): the post-Brexit Area of Freedom, Security and Justice'

British Influence over the EU in post-Brexit Times  

On 12 October, the NEXTEUK project and the EU-UK Forum organised a policy roundtable on 'British influence over the EU in post-Brexit times' where participants benefitted by engaging directly with our outstanding panel of selected academics and experts.

The online session was on invitation only and facilitated a frank and open discussion on questions such as how are the new EU-UK governance structures working out and to what extent do they transform the relationship between the EU and the UK, now a third country, yet a special one? What is the role of the European parliament in the implementation of the TCA and what will be the role of parliamentary cooperation? 

The report of the policy roundtable is available to read here.

Gods and Diplomats: on the Relevance of the Religious in Diplomacy

Following the Treaty of Westphalia, Gods and Diplomats have traditionally thought to be incompatible. Yet in recent years, some have spoken about a resurgence of the religious in international relations. Engagement with the religious has taken new forms that have been explored by our two panellists, Delphine Allès and Sarah Wolff, who presented their findings from their respective books at ULIP on 7 October. Nadia Marzouki and François Foret discussed the two books and Anna-Louise Milne chaired the event. 

Gods and Diplomats: On the Relevance of the Religious in Diplomacy
NEXTEUK Policy Briefs

Issue 5 of the NEXTEUK policy briefs has been published.

The paper is titled 'What is left of British influence in Brussels?' 
Report of the NEXTEUK- EU-UK Forum Policy Roundtable (12/10/2021)

By Tinahy Andriamasomanana (PhD candidate, QMUL) and Agathe Piquet (NEXTEUK post-doctoral researcher and team manager)

The UK’s exit from the EU was completed on 1 January 2021, five years following the Brexit referendum in 2016. But the relationship between the UK and EU has been turbulent since, due to challenges surrounding the negotiations of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) which have questioned the ability of the UK to still influence the EU. On 12 October 2021, the NEXTEUK project together with the EU-UK Forum organised a high-level policy roundtable gathering leading policy-makers and academics to discuss whether British influence over the EU in post-Brexit times is vanishing or taking new forms and entering new venues. 

During the rich discussion three main themes have emerged: the density of formal and informal institutions, forums and networks to exchange views and ensure mutual influence; the lack of trust at the level of high politics and the highly politicised environment deteriorating the UK-EU relations; and the role that institutions could play in normalising the current situation.


New CER/NEXTEUK Blog Posts

Contributions have been made to the Europe Matters blog. 

Dr Stella Ladi (QMUL), Dr Angie Gago (University of Lausanne), Dr Catherine Moury (University of Lisbon) and Dr Daniel Cardoso (University of Lisbon) argue that bailed-out governments during the Eurozone crisis exercised more leverage than assumed in their blog titled Bailed-out governments did not lose policy-making discretion during the Eurozone crisis.

James Thompson (MA student, QMUL) wrote a blog titled The Tigray War: The EU’s Response to the world’s worst food crisis in which he examines why EU policy has so far failed to alleviate the growing humanitarian crisis in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

Vedrana Maglajlija wrote a blog titled Bulgaria’s veto strengthens nationalism and Euroscepticism in North Macedonia which sheds light on the consequences of the Bulgarian veto to North Macedonia becoming an EU member State on domestic politics and public opinion and more broadly on the EU itself. 

She has also written a blog titled Serbia and China: ‘Steel Friendship’ in the EU’s backyard which explores how the "steel friendship" between Serbia and China, has been reinforced in times of pandemic and the ambiguity of the Serbian relationship to the EU.
The Centre for European Research regularly publishes blogs on a range of issues. They can be found on the NEXTEUK website and the Europe Matters blog page.
NEXTEUK Team Publications 
Members of the NEXTEUK Team have recently published new articles and blog posts. They have also made contributions to the media.

Dr Sarah Wolff
has published an article in the Journal of Common Market Studies titled 'The EU Institutional Architecture in the Covid-19 Response: Coordinative Europeanization in Times of Permanent Emergency' co-authored with Dr. Stella Ladi.
Prof. Tim Bale has published a new book titled The British General Election of 2019, co-authored with Robert Ford (University of Manchester), Will Jennings (University of Southampton) and Paula Surridge (University of Bristol).

He has written several blog posts and articles
Prof. Françoise Boucek participated in a radio roundtable discussion on Monocle 24 Foreign Desk with Andrew Mueller and Quentin Peel about ‘Coalition Politics: the highs and lows’ in October 2021. They discussed the strengths and weaknesses of coalition-building following Germany’s federal election and coalition negotiations.  

She continues to make regular media appearances and contributions commenting about French politics and elections, Tory factionalism, coalition government etc.  Recent ones include: 

Dr Agathe Piquet has a new article published in Politique européenne in a special issue about 'The turbulences of Brexit' edited by Nathalie Berny, Viviane Gravey and Anja Thomas. It is titled 'Europeanisation, disengagement or de-Europeanisation? The post-Brexit police cooperation.' 

Dr Davor Jancic has acted as principal investigator for an extensive study on the promotion of gender equality through parliamentary diplomacy. The study was commissioned by the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and published in November 2021.The full study is available here.

The purpose of this study is to support EP delegations, committees and subcommittees in implementing the Resolution of 23 October 2020 on gender equality in EU foreign and security policy. Based on desk research as well as quantitative and qualitative empirical analysis, the study describes the existing EP practices of gender equality promotion, analyses whether the current practices deliver on the commitment, and presents what can be learned both from the bottlenecks identified in the EP’s existing institutional arrangements and from the practices of other national parliaments and international parliamentary institutions. The study concludes that while the EP is highly advanced when it comes to gender mainstreaming in external relations, there are a number of aspects that need improvement or fine-tuning. To facilitate the implementation of the overarching EP gender action plan, the study provides a set of policy recommendations aimed at increasing the effectiveness of gender equality promotion through parliamentary diplomacy.
Dr Stella Ladi had a blog published for her new book titled Capitalising on Constraint: Bailout Politics in Eurozone Countries, co-authored with Catherine Moury (NOVA University of Lisbon), Daniel Cardoso (Autonomous University of Lisbon), and Angie Gago (University of Lausanne).

She will participate in a new project that has just been funded by Italy on 'Pandemic crisis, PA reform and public sector politicization: reversing or strengthening PA reform agendas? Evidence from Greece and Italy'.  The principal investigator is Laura Polverari. She will discuss her paper (co-authored with Laura Polverari) titled 'Crises as opportunities? Reconceptualising EU member states relationships in the age of permanent emergency' during the ECPR Joint Sessions on 19-22 April 2022.

Disclaimer: The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which only reflect the views of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use of the information contained therein.
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