Brexit, Northern Ireland and the Irish Border

Belgium, Brussels, 1000, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies
Wednesday, January 31 2018 / 12:30

Although concerns around immigration and the prospect of future trade-agreements dominated the Brexit campaign, it is the future status of the Irish Border that has proven to be one of the biggest stumbling blocks in negotiations to date. Matters have been further complicated by the ongoing political impasse in Northern Ireland’s devolved parliament of Stormont and by the decision of Theresa May’s government to enter into a parliamentary arrangement with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

The decision to move to Phase 2 of Brexit negotiations in December 2017 throws up further questions which impact significantly on the Republic of Ireland’s relationship with both Northern Ireland and Britain. How can a “hard border” on the island of Ireland be avoided if Britain leaves the single market? Will Brexit impact the peace process underpinned by the Good Friday agreement of 1998? How have the DUP accrued so much power in these negotiations? Join our panel of experts to discuss these important questions.