On 8 October, Peter Oliver and Christopher Muttukumaru were keynote speakers at a conference in Dublin on the Legal Implications for Ireland of British exit from the EU. The meeting was hosted jointly by the Irish Society for European Law and the UK Association for European Law
The conference in Dublin was chaired by the Irish Foreign Ministry’s Legal Adviser. Apart from Peter and Christopher, the other keynote speaker was the former Ambassador of Ireland to The UK.
Christopher covered the UK Government’s aims in the imminent negotiation of a reformed relationship with the EU and offered a view on the UK’s prospects of success.
Peter covered the challenges inherent in negotiations with the other Member States under Article 50, including the difficulty of completing a negotiation within two years.
An enthusiastic audience asked some searching questions, including on the impact of repealing the Human Rights Act, on the impact of a referendum whose result was to leave the EU on Scottish devolution and on the impact of Brexit on bilateral relations with Ireland.