Dr Magdalena Frennhoff Larsen: Agence France Presse (AFP)
A number of University of Westminster academics have offered their expertise to several media outlets commenting on the current Brexit negotiations.
Dr Magdalena Frennhoff Larsen, Lecturer in Politics, was interviewed by the news agency, Agence France Presse, on the Irish border issues as part of the current Brexit negotiations. Regarding the idea of implementing technological solutions to maintain the free flow of traffic while allowing for a divergence in customs rules between Ireland and Britain, Dr Frennhoff Larsen said: “I think we are working against the clock so I think it would be difficult for those technologies to be developed by the end of the transition period".
Dr Paul Breen: Agence France Presse (AFP)
Dr Paul Breen, Senior Lecturer in the Westminster Professional Language Centre and Irish affairs experts, was also interviewed by AFP on the Brexit negotiations and said that “May was involved in ‘a political Game of Thrones’”. He added: “The way it's going at the minute, it does look as if we are going to get a ridiculous situation where we are going to come up practically to the time of withdrawal and there just won't be a solution. And it will be a disaster".
Dr Breen’s interview coverage was also featured in French speaking outlets Le Devoir and Le Vif where he explained how the British position in the current negotiations could lead the country to a disastrous situation and could engender divisions on Ireland. He said: “No one from the British side has introduced any practical solutions, everything is very vague.”
Professor Peter Paul Catterall: La Croix
Professor Peter Paul Catterall, Professor in History and Policy, was interviewed by the French speaking online newspaper La Croix where he commented on Theresa May’s Brexit speech at Mansion House on Friday 2 March.
Speaking about Theresa May’s speech, Professor Catterall said: “As usual, Theresa May’s speech aimed at reassuring the most majority of people at once. […] It is not surprising, she has not made any decisions, she has not announced anything new and there are still many remaining doubts especially regarding the Northern Ireland question.”
He added: “However, for the first time, she admitted that the government will not be able to get everything they wanted to obtain and they will need to compromise as it should be done in any negotiations. It is a big first step and it has taken her more than a year and a half to realise this.”