Brexit and the Northern Ireland Constitution

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


This thesis considers the intersection of two processes: the steady yet fragile development of Northern Ireland's unique post-1998 constitution; and, the complex, multifaceted and constitutional process of Brexit. The research draws on legal and political theory to develop a novel analytical framework based on systematic definitions of the two research variables - Brexit and the Northern Ireland constitution - and applies this to the evolving process of UK withdrawal from the EU in real-time. As a result, this thesis provides an original and comprehensive contribution that puts legal and constitutional literature in dialogue with a burgeoning area of political science literature to study the impact of an unprecedented process on the region most exposed to its effects.

Thesis embargoed until 31 December 2022.
Date of AwardDec 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Queen's University Belfast
SponsorsEconomic & Social Research Council
SupervisorGordon Anthony (Supervisor) & David Phinnemore (Supervisor)


  • Brexit
  • Northern Ireland
  • European Union
  • United Kingdom
  • political constitutionalism
  • legal constitutionalism

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