Europe and Northern Ireland's Future

Negotiating Brexit's Unique Case

Mary C. Murphy

Agenda Publishing

Europe and Northern Ireland's Future

Pub Date: April 2018

ISBN: 9781788210300

192 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $25.00

Pub Date: June 2018

ISBN: 9781788210294

192 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $85.00

Europe and Northern Ireland's Future

Negotiating Brexit's Unique Case

Mary C. Murphy

Agenda Publishing

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The implications of Brexit for Northern Ireland are profound, given its history and geographical position as a land border with the European Union. Four decades of sectarian violence have been replaced by a period of sustained peace, economic growth, and development, yet the trenchant political divide remains. The ongoing fractious relations within the Northern Irish Assembly threaten to derail any hope the region might have on influencing the discussion and direction of the Brexit negotiations.

Mary Murphy offers a detailed and in-depth analysis of Northern Ireland’s relationship with the EU; the role the EU has played in rebuilding the region after “the Troubles”; and the challenges and opportunities that Brexit might offer Northern Ireland in terms of both its fragile politics and its economy, as well as future Brexit deals that might have to be done with the border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland has long occupied a greater political space than might seem warranted, given its size and relatively underdeveloped economy. This space may yet again become the most hotly contested and divisive topic in future Brexit negotiations, if it doesn’t in fact prove to be the key to the successful UK withdrawal and future relations with our European neighbors.

About the Author

Mary C. Murphy is lecturer in politics at University College Cork. She is a Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and president of the Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies. She is also an associate fellow of the Centre on Constitutional Change at the University of Edinburgh and a senior fellow of the Centre for European Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University.