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The future cooperation between the EU 27 and the United Kingdom after Brexit


After leaving the European Union on 31 January 2020, the UK and the EU will negotiate a new partnership. “We are ready to design a new partnership with zero tariffs, zero quotas, zero dumping. A partnership that goes well beyond trade and is unprecedented in scope”, von der Leyen explained in her speech on 8th January 2020, while pointing out that the EU would work for solutions that uphold its integrity, its Single Market and its Customs Union. How could these future relations possibly look like? Will the EU’s institutional relations to Norway or Switzerland serve as a role model?

In this seminar, students will take part in a European Council simulation game which will focus on the negotiations about the future relations between the EU and the UK. It will draft a proposal about a new partnership.

The seminar is embedded into an interdisciplinary and international event bringing together advanced students from Political Sciences and Law Departments. It combines the application of political and legal knowledge with elements of a simulation exercise. Every participant has the possibility to practice real-life situations in English by performing a specific role in a simulation of negotiations within a European Council Summit on the challenges of the future institutional relations between the EU and Britain.

The seminar will start with an introductory session and will be followed by an excursion to Brussels (27th - 30th of April) where the students meet inter alia with Herman van Rompuy, former President of the European Council (2009-2014). The seminar will culminate in a simulation exercise (European Council Summit) on negotiating the future institutional relations between the EU and Britain in Cologne (18th - 19th of June).

The objective of the simulation exercise is to bring first-hand understanding of both academic and everyday practice of EU decision-making by offering students insights in "real life" political processes and the possibility to "experience" the EU as a vivid political system as well as to meet politicians, practitioners and stakeholders in the European capital Brussels. The participants will have the possibility to bring in their own academic/professional contributions and to discuss them with the group and the experts. They will get a better understanding of the working mechanisms and decision making procedures of the European Council since every participant will take the place of a ‘real’ member of this EU institution.


Participating students will be provided with more information (literature, schedule etc.) during the first meeting on April, 20th 2020.