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.

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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