Brexit and the threat to Northern Ireland

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Series Details No. 115, August / September 2017
Publication Date 20/07/2017
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The announcement by Prime Minister Theresa May on January 17th 2017 that Britain would leave the EU’s single market and customs union came as a profound shock to Irish nationalists in Northern Ireland. The prospect of a return of border controls on the island of Ireland is a bitter reminder that two fundamental pillars of the Good Friday Agreement are under threat: the significant EU funds spent in Northern Ireland; and ever closer economic and cultural integration with the Republic. Both the EU and the UK should come up with a damage limitation plan for Northern Ireland if they fail to agree quickly on a comprehensive trade agreement. One suggestion would be the creation of a specific regime for Irish and Northern Irish goods and services (including and beyond agri-food), essentially exempting them from tariffs and most customs checks if they remain on the island of Ireland

Source Link http://www.cer.eu/publications/archive/bulletin-article/2017/brexit-and-threat-northern-ireland
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ESO: Background information: Facing Brexit: Ireland, Northern Ireland and the EU http://www.europeansources.info/record/facing-brexit-ireland-northern-ireland-and-the-eu/
ESO: Background information: Brexit Negotiations: The Irish border question http://www.europeansources.info/record/brexit-negotiations-the-irish-border-question/
ESO: Background information: Hard Borders of the Mind: Brexit, Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement http://www.europeansources.info/record/hard-borders-of-the-mind-brexit-northern-ireland-and-the-good-friday-agreement/
ESO: Background information: Ulster's Fight, Ulster's Rights? Brexit, Northern Ireland and the Threat to British-Irish Relations http://www.europeansources.info/record/ulsters-fight-ulsters-rights-brexit-northern-ireland-and-the-threat-to-british-irish-relations/

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