Law professors from Queen’s and Ulster universities and local human rights officials will bring the findings of their Brexit investigation to Enniskillen next week.
Brexit Law NI is a collaborative Economic and Social Research Council-funded research project examining the constitutional, conflict transformation, human rights and equality consequences of Brexit.
Headed by Professor Colin Harvey of Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) School of Law, the team includes leading researchers from Queen’s, Ulster University and the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ).
“We aim, as much as possible to feed our research into the ongoing Brexit negotiations. We have already attended meetings in London, Brussels, Dublin and Stormont to facilitate this,” said a Brexit Law NI spokeswoman.
Brexit Law NI will hold a ‘townhall’ event at the Enniskillen Townhall on January 10 from 7-9pm.
The spokeswoman added: “We want to share some of our research findings in an accessible way, 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.”
She said: “Northern Ireland (along with Scotland) voted to remain in the European Union; it is the region of the United Kingdom most likely to be negatively affected by the decision to leave the EU. 
“It is now evident that the transformation of constitutional and legal relationships between Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Britain flowing from the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement 1998 was premised on background assumptions about common membership of the EU. 
“The UK-wide vote to leave the EU is thus profoundly unsettling for the peace process, and it has already proved constitutionally destabilising in and beyond Northern Ireland.”
There are many complex questions “with significant legal and constitutional consequences that demand considered reflection,” she said.
The new initiative aims to disentangle the legal elements of Brexit with regard to Northern Ireland, and present and communicate the related implications for policy and practice in user-friendly formats.