So what does Brexit mean for me and my project? This is just one of the many burning issues that the North Sea Region project community is facing these days.
Unfortunately, the answer to the question seems to be blowing in the wind. This has been the case since the Brexit referendum and appears to be the case for some time to come.
On this backdrop, the enthusiasm about participation in North Sea projects expressed amongst project people in the UK is amazing. But how does that happen?
Michael Barnes, Head of European Programmes at Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership, and Jonathan Vorss-Millins, Head of East of England European Partnership in Brussels, gave their view of this apparent contradiction in their workshop on Brexit at the North Sea Conference in Göttingen last week.
Many potential explanations were provided during their excellent presentation. What I took with me was a picture of local and regional organisations faced with a series of challenges which can only be addressed in cooperation with partners in other countries.
There was clearly a wish amongst the key stakeholders to continue this cooperation come hell or high water (or at least with or without Brexit).
Judging from the enthusiasm in the room, it looks as if cooperation with UK partners in the North Sea Region will continue also after Brexit, though obviously in a different form than the one we know today.