Law experts will propose a range of solutions to mitigate the potentially negative influence of Brexit on the peace process, North/South relations, the border, human rights and equality, at a major ‘Town Hall’ event in Magee in a fortnight’s time.
BrexitLawNI, an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project between the law schools of Queen’s University, Belfast, and Ulster University, and the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ), rolls into town on December 7.
Dr. Amanda Kramer, a research fellow at the School of Law in Queen’s, said those behind the project are proposing the EU (Withdrawal) Bill should be amended to retain the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights as enforceable in UK law and that immigration controls should also be expressly prohibited on the border.
Attendees of the forthcoming Magee event, which will take place between 1 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. on the day, will also hear how a Single Equality Act for the North would ensure the jurisdiction is well placed to keep pace with international and European best practice in terms of equality.
And, said Dr. Kramer, ‘Operation Gull’, which saw nearly 800 people stopped or arrested by immigration officers and police in Derry, Belfast and Larne in a single year of its operation recently, should be discontinued.
Dr. Kramer, said: “Through extensive research and public engagement our ambition is to make a constructive and informed contribution to local and global conversations on the implications of Brexit for Northern Ireland. The main output of this project will take the form of six policy reports, each examining a different theme.”
She added: “We are holding the ‘Town Hall’ event to share some of our research findings, but more importantly to gather information about the public’s views on Brexit, its impact or potential impact on them, what they think of the proposed solutions and what research still needs to be done.”