Livestream from Scottish Parliament 7pm Tuesday 20th March via https://www.youtube.com/c/DemocracytvScot/live
Brexit also means Bre(EEA)xit
Professor Christophe Hillion, from the Centre for European Law at Oslo University, will tell MSPs on Tuesday how the "halfway house" option of single market access without EU membership works for Norway. He will also outline an overlooked aspect of Brexit – its impact on the three EFTA members who are part of the single market via the EEA agreement. Hillion – an expert on EU external relations -- will argue there is no option for a Brexiting UK to remain in the EEA because “Brexit means Br(EEA)xit.” The Nordic Horizons speaker will also suggest solidarity within the EU has been bolstered rather than weakened by the Brexit process; “There have been few signs of fragmentation in the EU following the UK’s activation of Article 50 TEU. On the contrary, thus far, the withdrawal process has shown some integration-friendly features.” Nordic Horizons Director and McSmorgasbord co-editor Lesley Riddoch will be chairing the event.
She said; “The impact of Brexit on small nations with indirect single market access has been ignored so far. As one of Europe’s leading legal experts in the structures of the European Union we hope Christophe will rectify that and describe how access to the single market via the EEA “halfway house” works in Norway - the pros and the cons. It’s an option the Scottish Government is also considering as it tries to plan Scotland’s post-Brexit future.”
Sponsoring MSP Ivan McKee said; "I'm delighted to be hosting Nordic Horizons' timely debate. There's so much we can learn from other small, successful countries - and important to know there are options other than hard Brexit".
The event is full with a waiting list. Accredited journalists, MSPs and Holyrood staff are very welcome to attend but the talk will also be live-streamed via this link which will be live from 7pm on Tuesday night. (Note later starting time because of likely late-running of parliament) https://www.youtube.com/c/DemocracytvScot/live
- Nordic Horizons is a policy group founded in 2010 to increase understanding of Nordic life and policy options in Scotland and facilitate connections between Scots and Nordic individuals and interest groups. NH has brought more than 40 policy specialists from the five Nordic countries, (plus the Faroes and Greenland) to speak in public events and brief Scottish civil servants and local government leaders. NH receives funding from the Scottish Government to cover the travel and accommodation expenses of these speakers.
- Christophe Hillion is also a researcher at the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS) in Stockholm and at the Centre for European Law at Oslo University and has advised the Swedish, UK and Ukrainian governments and the European Parliament, Commission, and Council of Europe.
He will brief Scottish civil servants on legal and practical aspects of EEA membership before his talk in the Scottish Parliament.