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9:30 am - 5:30 pm
University Road
Belfast, BT7 1NN United Kingdom

The Green European Foundation is hosting a series of debates at the Queen’s University Belfast about the potential impacts of Brexit, with the help of our partner the Green Foundation Ireland.

The event is a part of the ongoing transnational project “The potential impact of Brexit on the prospects for a Green transition in Europe” which attempts to support the much-needed public discussion of Brexit’s impact on individual Member States, as well as on the EU level, while exploring what this means for the Green movement’s endeavour in the transition to sustainability.

Debate in Belfast

“Transition to Sustainability in Europe post-Brexit” will be a one day event, consisting out of critical debates in which prominent speakers will provide insights into potential impacts of Brexit in the context of Ireland and the EU.

What are the implications and impacts of Brexit for the Green transformation of Europe? Are there progressive political potentials in the wake of the referendum decision in the UK last June and the ongoing political turmoil it has created? How should Greens and other progressives understand the rise of populism across Europe? And what are the likely impacts of Brexit for the island of Ireland?

All thematic sessions and confirmed speakers are listed below:

1. Brexit and Progressive Politics (10h – 11h)


  • Ray Cunningham – Green House Think Tank
  • Steven Agnew – Green Party Northern Ireland
  • Stevie Nolan – Trademark
  • Chaired by John Barry – Queen’s University Belfast

2. Brexit and Sustainability in Northern Ireland, the UK and Europe (11h15 – 12h30)


  • Emily Hunter – RSPB
  • Nichola Hughes – SNI
  • James Orr – Friends of the Earth
  • Chaired by John Barry – Queen’s University Belfast

3. Brexit, the Border and Futures for Ireland and Northern Ireland (13h30 – 15h30)


  • Clare Bailey – Green Party Northern Ireland
  • David Phinnemore – Queen’s University Belfast
  • Mark Daly – Senator, Fianna Fáil
  • John Kyle – Progressive Unionist Party
  • Katy Hayward – Queen’s University Belfast
  • Chaired by John Barry – Queen’s University Belfast

4. Roundtable discussion on ‘Populism, Brexit and the European Green Movement’ (16h – 17h30)


  • Dick Pels
  • Lee McGowan – Queen’s University Belfast
  • Chaired by Ray Cunningham – Green House Think Tank

Please note that the programme is not finalised yet, more updates to come soon!


This event is free of charge and open to everyone. To confirm your attendance, please register here.

For more information please contact the Green Foundation Ireland via email to info@greenfoundationireland.ie!

University Road
Belfast, BT7 1NN United Kingdom

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