31 October, 2018 (London, UK)
Dr. Sara Hagemann, the Deputy Programme Director of the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) and Executive Master of Public Policy (EMPP), recently delivered expert testimony to the Exiting the European Union Comittee of the UK House of Commons.
As the process of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union unfolds, the Exiting the European Union Commitee has been established by the House of Commons to scrutinise the priorities and positions of the UK government, as well as key European decision markers, such as the European Commision, the EU-27, and EU Parliament.
Due to her expertise in European affairs, Dr. Hagemann is a frequent commentator on the ongoing Brexit negotiation process between the United Kingdom and the European Union. The UK government, including the House of Commons, has called upon her to provide oral evidence, regarding the intracies of European policymaking. She has also commented on the ramifications of potential deal scenarios for both British and European institutions.
On Wednesday 31 October, Sara appeared before the Exiting the European Union Commitee to offer insight on the progress of the UK's Brexit position. In response to a question from the Chair of the Committee about the future relationship between the UK and the European Union in a post-Brexit world, Dr. Hagemann said,
"Everything depends on the withdrawal agreement and the kind of relationship the UK itself is proposing and willing to get into. From the very beginning, from the rest of the EU there has been a whole range of options available, from the Norway model to the Canada model and others."
Later in her testimony, Dr. Hagemann discussed the possibility of the 'Norway' model, which has been proposed by MP Nick Boles and others, as a next step forward for the UK.
"With the UK’s Government’s position that the UK is to leave the single market and to leave a customs union, we are going in a direction that looks less and less like a Norway model," stated Dr. Hagemann.
"The priority being the withdrawal agreement and the conditions that it lays out, it is unlikely that a Norway model, or something of that kind, can be a temporary solution, simply because that comes with the same sort of conditions as EU membership regarding the four freedoms et cetera. Unless the UK accepts those, we cannot imagine that it would be a Norwegian model," said Dr. Hagemann to the committee.
The full transcript for this session is available on the Exiting the European Union Committee's website.
For more information on Dr. Sara Hagemann's research, please visit her faculty profile page.