Let ‘the people’ decide: Reflections on constitutional change and ‘concurrent consent’

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The aim of this article is to examine the intensifying conversation about constitutional change on the island of Ireland. Discussions are prioritising the need for adequate planning and have therefore entered a new phase that is much more detailed. Myths are being interrogated and hard questions raised about all aspects of the process. The objective here is to explore the reasons why this is the case and analyse the existing framework, with a particular focus on the requirement for ‘concurrent consent’. The argument aligns with those calling for extensive advance preparation to ensure people are aware of the consequences. That is not to insist on unrealistic conditions as a prerequisite, it is to ensure that what follows the referendums concerns primarily the implementation of known proposals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-405
Number of pages24
JournalIrish Studies in International Affairs
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2021

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations


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