Wales and the EU Hub

The Wales and the EU Hub is a project created to provide and disseminate non-partisan and independent research on Wales and the EU. In the context of the forthcoming referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, the Hub is hosting two specific research and engagement projects that are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council’s The UK in a Changing Europe initiative. These projects are intended to support the debate in Wales, through independent research and engagement with policy-makers, civil society, businesses and the general public. These projects run between 2015 and 2017. More information on the projects, as well as links to their outputs, can be found below.

The Wales and the EU Hub is part of the Wales Governance Centre and is supported by the Centre for European Law and Governance at Cardiff University’s School of Law and Politics.

The UK in a Changing Europe: Legal Powers in Wales in the context of UK membership of the EU, led by Senior ESRC Fellow Dr Jo Hunt

The UK in a Changing Europe initiative promotes independent and impartial research into the relationship between the UK and the EU. It is funded by the ESRC and explores the key aspects of the UK-EU relationship including the impact of different policies and the implications of any changing relationship with the EU on different parts of the UK.

This specific project on the role and legal implications for Wales, as a devolved administration, of any redefinition of the UK-EU relationship, is being led by Dr Jo Hunt of the Cardiff University School of Law and Politics, with the support of Dr Jayne Woolford. It explores the legal position of Wales should the UK seek to renegotiate or repatriate powers or exit the EU. Following on from the UK Government’s Balance of Competence Review, it analyses the extent to which the current devolution settlement and interests of Wales are reflected in the review, the current scope of Welsh competences, and the legal options and frameworks for Wales in the case of a range of possible scenarios repatriation or renegotiation of powers to Brexit.

The project runs through to early 2017 and will produce impartial policy briefs throughout this period for discussion and consideration at one or more events. The seminars will be open to policy-makers, civil society, interest groups, business, politicians and the general public. Provisional topics are outlined below, chosen on the basis of their salience and significance to Wales and through consultation with interested parties.

  • Single market, trade and investment.
  • Cohesion Policy.
  • Agriculture and Fisheries.
  • Environment and climate change.
  • Employment and social policy.

For more information about the project and events and to register your interest, please email Dr Jo Hunt, ESRC Senior Fellow,  or Dr Jayne Woolford, Research Associate.

EU Exchange Wales, led by ESRC Commissioning Fund Awardee Dr Rachel Minto

EU Exchange Wales provides a forum for Cardiff University academics and Welsh Government civil servants to discuss issues relating to the European Union (EU). Building on the success of the participant-led sessions convened as part of EU Exchange Wales 2014, the initiative has continued and grown into 2015/16.

The current 2015-16 series of sessions is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council’s  The UK in a Changing Europe initiative. As a rule, sessions are held in Cardiff; however, it is foreseen that EU Exchange Wales will go “on tour” during this ESRC series.

EU Exchange Wales is coordinated and led by Commissioning Fund awardee, Dr Rachel Minto, in conjunction with ESRC Senior Fellow Dr Jo Hunt’s project on Wales and the EU.

A record of each session is kept, which is agreed by all participants.  These reports are compiled into regular reports (both mid-term and end of series) which are made available selectively to “friends of EU Exchange Wales” upon request.

If you would like to know more about EU Exchange Wales or would like to express an interest in participating, please contact Dr Rachel Minto.


In the run up to the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union on 23 June 2016, Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre is publishing a number of papers to inform the debate in Wales on the implications of EU membership and a potential withdrawal.

The research is funded under the ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ initiative which promotes independent and impartial research into the relationship between the UK and the EU. Leading the work on these briefs are Dr Jo Hunt and Dr Jayne Woolford.

These research briefs are as follows:

Public Debates

The Wales and the EU project hosted discussion with a panel of experts in Cardiff seeking to provide impartial answers to the key questions surrounding the 2016 referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU – particularly with a view on Wales. The full video is available below.