Health Governance after Brexit: Law, Language and Legitimacy
Project start date: February 2019
Project duration: 2 years
Funding awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council
Professor Tamara Hervey, from the University of Sheffield’s School of Law, is leading a two-year project with Queen’s University Belfast looking at post-Brexit governance in an area that was critical in the referendum debates: health and the NHS. The project is part of the ESRC's Governance after Brexit programme.
The project team is Professor Hervey; Dr Matthew Wood (University of Sheffield's Department of Politics) and Dr Mark Flear (Queen's University Belfast's School of Law); and Dr Ivanka Antova (Queen's University Belfast's School of Law).
Guided by co-producers from the health policy sector, we are analysing the implications for health and the NHS of new post-referendum legal texts as they emerge. We are also gathering views from the public in the North of England and Northern Ireland using ‘hit and run’ street conversations – a novel form of ethnographic research.
We are comparing the legal language, the elite language used in health contexts, and the language of the public, focusing on metaphors and stories, to uncover the extent to which post-Brexit health governance can be said to be legitimate.
Health and the NHS remain critical to public and elite understandings of EU membership and what will be possible outside of the EU. We are studying the unfolding post-Brexit legal settlement to see its impact on health, and what experts and the public think about its meaning and significance.
Professor Tamara Hervey
We are working closely with several external collaborators including:
Members of Parliament
Tamara Hervey, Mark Flear, Matthew Wood and Ivanka Antova contribute to the UK in a Changing Europe's new report: Brexit and Beyond.
Authoring the section on health, our team address the health-related challenges faced by the UK now that it has left the European Union. Published January 2020.
Our team has been working with Shout Out UK to produce a documentary exploring the perspectives, hopes and expectations for health and the NHS in the aftermath of Brexit.
The documentary is freely accessible on Shout Out UK’s learning portal along with helpful resources and a quiz pack. These resources are popular with school teachers and youth leaders, for teaching pupils how democracy and the media works.
The ‘Brexit, Health & Me’ pack will be provided free to over one thousand schools in the UK to engage students following A Level Politics courses and similar courses in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and for general civic education. The pack is perfect for home learning, which is still the norm for the vast majority of secondary school students at present.
Register for free and access the course here: https://education.shoutoutuk.org/
Shout Out UK trailer
- Policy analysis/briefings
- Academic outputs
Hervey, T. & Phillips, A., 'Brexit and Biobanking: GDPR Perspectives', in Slokenberga, S., et al (eds), GDPR and Biobanking: Individual Rights, Public Interest and Research Regulation Across Europe, (Springer, 2021)
Hervey, T., Antova, A., Flear, M., Wood, M., et al, 'Health “Brexternalities”: The Brexit Effect on Health and Health Care outside the United Kingdom', (2020), Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
Phillips, A. N., et al., 'Brexit and Biobanking: GDPR Perspectives' chapter summary, in Individual Rights, Public Interest and Biobank Research - Article 89 GDPR and European Legal Responses, (Springer, forthcoming 2020)
Flear, M. L. & Ruijter, A., 'Guest Editorial to the Symposium on European Union Governance of Health Crisis and Disaster Management: Key Norms and Values, Concepts and Techniques' (2019) European Journal of Risk Regulation
- Blog posts
- Conference papers
European Consortium for Political Research Conference, Warsaw, September 2019 - Can Elite Institutions be deliberatively Democratic? The Case of the European Medicines Agency’s Public Hearing on Valproate
- Project reports
- Past events
Healthy Partnerships? The Impact of Brexit & the Priorities for Sovereign Cooperation
Tuesday 19 January, 10:00-11:00
Hosted by the EU-UK Forum, Tamara Hervey joined a panel of other experts to discuss Brexit's impact on NHS recruitment, cross-border cooperation, and the effects of sovereign independence on vaccine procurement.
Health Policy in the EU and "European" health care
Wednesday 13th January 2021
Tammara Hervey presented the project's paper on ‘Brexternalities’ and the effect of Brexit on healthcare outside of the UK, at this seminar. This paper can be viewed in the 'Academic Outputs' drop-down menu above.
GreensEFA in the EP: first EU-UK agreement briefing re Social Security and Labour Law
Friday 8th January 2021
Tamara Hervey presented her gap analysis of the Withdrawal Agreement.
Northern/Ireland Health law & Ethics Network (N/IHLEN) & Irish Association of Law Teachers (IALT) virtual symposium
11 December 2020
Mark Flear co-convened this event which addressed 'Covid-19 and Legal Responses on the Island of Ireland'. Ivanka Antova presented on policy responses to Covid-19 and disability.
Brexit: Legal, Public Health, Food Supply & Security Impacts
Tuesday 24 November 2020 from 19.00 – 20.30
Tamara Hervey participated in the Socialist Health Association event where she spoke on the current legal implications of Brexit for healthcare and the NHS.
Law Through a Lens: Brexit, Health and Me
Wednesday 29th April 2020 from 17.00 - 18.00
A discussion with staff and students was held about how legal and policy research in the University of Sheffield - including undergraduate and postgraduate student research - contributes to real world problems.
Professor Tamara Hervey, School of Law, University of Sheffield
Dr. Mark Flear, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast
Dr. Ivanka Antova, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast
Natalia Miernik, School of Law