Brexit and the Future of the UK-Irish Relations
Forthcoming in Federico Fabbrini (ed), The Law & Politics of Brexit Volume Two: The Terms of Withdrawal (Oxford University Press 2019)
DCU Brexit Institute - Working Paper N.3 - 2019
16 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2019 Last revised: 29 Jul 2019
Date Written: March 20, 2019
This article examines the impact of Brexit on the British-Irish intergovernmental relationship and places the assessment in the context of the contemporary history of the relationship. In particular, it highlights the importance of the intergovernmental relationship since 1985 and its role in the peace process and the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. In section one, the importance of the British-Irish relationship and the EU in achieving a peace process in Northern Ireland is examined and the implications of Brexit are assessed. In section two, Brexit’s challenges are outlined and in the third section Brexit’s impact to date is assessed. Finally, in conclusion potential methods of managing the relationship after Brexit are outlined and it is argued that stronger use of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference is necessary to ensure future cooperation, as well as developing stronger institutional links across a range of policy areas.
Keywords: Brexit, British-Irish Relations, Good Friday Agreement
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