Brexit on the island of Ireland: beyond unique circumstances

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    This article offers an original analysis of Ireland’s and the UK’s common EU membership in the light of Brexit, identifies socio-economic decline and threats to the functionality of the Good Friday Agreement as decisive threats emanating from Brexit, and suggests that these can be counteracted by providing a sustainable legal framework for hybridity of Northern Ireland in the categories of citizenship and territory, as well as for deepening socio-economic and civic integration on the island of Ireland, alongside securing anti-discrimination law in Northern Ireland. Instead of protecting these elements, the Draft Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland to the EU–UK Draft Withdrawal Agreement sacrifices the indivisibility of the Internal Market by limiting Northern Ireland’s access to markets in goods. Concise changes to the draft are proposed to address these shortcomings and to secure participation of Northern Ireland’s representatives in its implementation.


    • Brexit on the island of Ireland: beyond unique circumstances

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    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages29
    Pages (from-to)367-395
    JournalNorthern Ireland Legal Quarterly
    Journal publication date09 Sep 2018
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 09 Sep 2018
    EventTREUP: Brexit 15 months on -socio-legal perspectives for the EU and Europe - Queen's University, Belfast, United Kingdom
    Duration: 23 Sep 201723 Sep 2017

      Research areas

    • Ireland/Northern Ireland, Brexit, European Union Law, Draft Protocol Ireland/Northern Ireland to Withdrawal Agreement, Draft Withdrawal Agreement, hybrid citizenship, EU citizenship, European Integration, anti-discrimination law, Economic Integration, socio-economic integration

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