A century on from the creation of Northern Ireland, its society is once again deeply divided about the need for, and implications of, a border being drawn around it. Local tensions reflect suspicion regarding the actions of London, as well as long-existing sensitivities and a profound sense of uncertainty about the future. In recognising the parallels between the Government of Ireland Act (1920) and the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement (2020), as they affect Northern Ireland, we can draw lessons for the present challenges facing the EU and UK as they make momentous decisions over the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.
Original languageEnglish
TypeOnline article
Media of outputHeinrich-Böll-Stiftung website
PublisherHeinrich Boell Stiftung
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2021


  • Partition
  • Irish Border
  • Peace
  • Centenary
  • Protocol


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