Three leading commentators on European trade, diplomacy, and Northern Ireland will take part in this discussion of the EU-UK Trade Agreement signed in late December 2020.
Carlo Trojan spent his career as senior European Commission official, working on competition policy, agriculture, German unification, and Northern Ireland (as head of the Commission’s Task Force). He served as European Commission secretary general 1997-2001 and EU Ambassador to the WTO. He will provide an overall assessment of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
David O’Sullivan recently retired as EU Ambassador to the Unites States. He formerly served as Director General of Trade for the European Commission and as secretary general. He will discuss the Irish perspective on the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the concept of “Global Britain” and the prospects of a UK-US trade agreement.
Katy Hayward is Professor of Political Sociology at Queen’s University Belfast and a Senior Fellow of UK in a Changing Europe. She will explain the significance of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland in light of the TCA, and its longer term implications for Ireland and British-Irish relations.