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Brexit – Populism and Progressive Politics

29 Oct 2017

By Sun 29 Oct 2017April 9th, 2020Active Citizenship, Events

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Event Details


Green European Foundation, with the support of Green Foundation Ireland, present a one-day Workshop.

SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER 2017   –   10:00am to 5:30pm
Venue: Canada Room, Queen’s University Belfast.

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While admission is FREE to this event, registration is REQUIRED.
Please secure your place by booking here – early booking is advised.


Queen’s University Belfast is easy to reach by a reliable and frequent bus and train services, making for a green and stress-free way to get there.

All you have to do on arrival at Belfast Central train station is cross to the next platform and take a train to Botanic Station, then it’s a short stroll to Queen’s University! Your ticket from Dublin even covers your entire journey to Botanic Station. Here is a map of how to get from Botanic Station to Queen’s University – it will take approximately 5 minutes to walk.

Returning is just as easy, with the last train to Dublin departing from Belfast Central at 19:05, arriving into Dublin Connolly at 21:15.

Event Programme

Our Workshop will have four panels:

10:00am to 11:00am:
Brexit and Progressive Politics
Speakers include:
Steven Agnew (MLA, Green Party Northern Ireland)
Ray Cunningham (Co-Ordinator, Green House Think Tank)
Stephen Nolan (Trademark Belfast)

11:15am to 12:30pm:
Brexit and Sustainability in Northern Ireland, the UK and Europe
Speakers include:
Viviane Gravey (Lecturer in European Politics, QUB)
Nichola Hughes
(Sustainability Officer, Sustainable Northern Ireland)
Emily Hunter (Nature Protection Policy Officer, RSPB NI)
James Orr (Director, Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland)

1:30pm to 3:30pm:
Brexit, the Border and Futures for Ireland and Northern Ireland
Speakers include:
Clare Bailey (MLA, Green Party Northern Ireland)
Katy Hayward (Political Sociologist, Queen’s University Belfast)
John Kyle (Councillor on Belfast City Council, Progressive Unionist Party)
David Phinnemore (Professor of European Politics, QUB)

4:00pm to 5:30pm:
Roundtable discussion on ‘Populism, Brexit and the European Green Movement’
Speakers include:
Sophie Long (PhD candidate, Queen’s University Belfast)
Lee McGowan
(Professor of Comparative European Politics, QUB)
Dick Pels (Sociologist and freelance political writer, The Netherlands)
Eamon Ryan (TD and Leader of the Irish Green Party)

As always at our events, an important part will be the Q&A sessions which will allow full participation by those attending.

Our PROGRAMME OF EVENTS (last updated on 20 Oct 2017) is available here.

Further updates on this event will appear on this page.


  • 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 in June 2016 and the on-going 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?

This one-day workshop will explore these and related issues.

This event is a part of the on-going transnational GEF project The potential impact of Brexit on the prospects for a Green transition in Europe which includes Green foundations from six countries – France, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The project aims to foster a greater understanding of the potential impact of Brexit among both the policy-making community and the wider public and to support the much-needed public discussion of Brexit’s impact on individual Member States, as well as on the EU level.

With thanks to the European Parliament for financial provision to
Green European Foundation which supports this event.