What does Brexit really mean for us: case studies from the voluntary and community sector

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21 June 2018 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

On Thursday 21 June, NICVA will be launching of a report highlighting the potential implications of Brexit on the voluntary and community sector using six different case studies.

NICVA have been engaging continuously with the voluntary and community on the issue of Brexit since before the referendum in June 2016 in order to understand the potential implications it could have for our sector and for wider society.

Whilst many of the dicussions around the impact has tended to focus on economic and technical issues, the launch of this report seeks to highlight and give profile to the real-life potential impacts for our sector and for the people that it benefits.

The Agenda is as follows:

1.45pm: Registration

2pm: Welcome and background of report by Geoff Nuttall, NICVA

2.10pm: Foreword from the author of the report, Carys Brown, QUB

2.15pm: Presentation of Case Studies:

  • What does Brexit mean for the VCSE and the people that it serves?
  • What impacts is the sector experiencing and what are the perceived future impacts?


Olivia Potter Hughes/Ian Williamson, NUS-USI

Joe O’Donnell, Belfast Interface Project

Louise Kennedy, Womens Aid

2.45pm: Analysis from Professor David Phinnemore, QUB

  • What are the key uncertainties and outstanding questions yet to be answered?
  • How and when within the Brexit negotiations and UK government processes these issues are likely to be or could be addressed?


3pm: MLA panel discussion and Q&A:

Claire Hanna, SDLP

Máirtín O’Muilleoir, Sinn Fein

Stephen Farry, Alliance Party

Steve Aiken, UUP

  • What do they see as the biggest challenges in the Brexit negotiations in the coming year?
  • What do they think are the priority questions and issues that need to be addressed most urgently?
  • Can you offer any insight into the best way to solve these priority issues?

3.45pm: Final remarks and call for more case studies.

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