Queen's on Brexit

Informed by years of internationally-recognised research excellence, Queen’s on Brexit brings together leading academics from Queen’s University who can provide an authoritative voice on the Brexit process, the many policy areas affected by Brexit, and the subsequent impact on Northern Ireland, the island of Ireland, the UK and the EU-27.

Insight and analysis

European Court of Justice

CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES

Judging Brexit Solutions

November 2017 - Much of the focus of the Brexit debate, with respect to N. Ireland/Ireland, has moved to ‘solutions’. Many are now on offer (‘reverse’ this and ‘plus’ that). How should these proposals be judged with reference to some of the values that are informing the BrexitLawNI project? There is scope for differing views but there are five issues I want to highlight (with the aim of promoting discussion).

Professor Colin Harvey
Brexit Law NI

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CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES

Preliminary Findings Report – Brexit and North-South Relations

October 2017 - Brexit has intensified discussion of the border on the island of Ireland. One thing that both the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement (GFA 1998) and membership of the EU did was to take the hard edges off this issue by normalising movement, as well as promoting the idea of transnational institutions and the concept of multiple identities.

Professor Colin Harvey
Brexit Law NI

Border Signs

Border Issues

Bordering on Brexit: The views of local communities in the Central Border Region

November 2017 - Dr Katy Hayward looks at some of the findings from the report entitled Bordering on Brexit: views from local communities in the Central Border Region of Ireland/Northern Ireland – conducted by the Centre for International Borders Research at Queen's on behalf of the Irish Central Border Area Network.

Dr Katy Hayward
QPOL

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Border Issues

Bordering on Brexit Report

November 2017 - Research report by Queen's University Belfast and the Irish Central Border Area Network on the effect of Brexit on the local communities in the central border region of Ireland/Northern Ireland.

Dr Katy Hayward

Brexit in Scrabble pieces

Brexit Process

The language of ‘flexible and imaginative’ solutions is unique to the Irish dimension of Brexit

November 2017 - The language of ‘flexible and imaginative’ solutions is unique to the Irish dimension of Brexit, writes Professor David Phinnemore from Queen’s University Belfast. Furthermore, he argues that at the heart of the commitment of all parties involved in the exit negotiations is the desire to ensure that Brexit does not in any way undermine the Northern Ireland peace process. He outlines what a range of ‘flexible and imaginative’ solutions might entail.

Professor David Phinnemore
The London School of Economics and Political Science

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CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES

Miller and Northern Ireland: A Critical Constitutional Response

October 2017 - There are many unfortunate results of Brexit, but one of the most problematic is the adverse effects that Brexit has had on current and future relationships between Britain and Ireland, and within Northern Ireland. These adverse effects were entirely predictable and show little sign of abating.

Professor Christopher McCrudden
SSRN

Parliament buildings at Stormont

CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES

Preliminary Findings Report – Brexit and the Border

October 2017 - The Common Travel Area (CTA) is an arrangement whereby UK legislation provides there are no border (i.e. passport) controls across the land border on the island of Ireland. Common EU membership has also ended customs controls. Any restriction on freedom of movement over the land border engages compatibility with the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement (GFA 1998).

Professor Colin Harvey
Brexit Law NI

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CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES

EU (Withdrawal) Bill and its implications for human rights and equality in NI

October 2017 - Northern Ireland voted to remain in the EU and that fact continues to be significant. Common membership of the EU has been a basic assumption of the peace process and the ‘special relationship’ between the UK and Ireland has also underpinned that peace. There is extensive debate at all levels on the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland and how these will be reflected in the discussions ahead.

Professor Colin Harvey
House of Lords

Brexit Expertise

Professor David Phinnemore

Professor David Phinnemore

Professor of European Politics
School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Professor Dagmar Schiek, school of law

Professor Dagmar Schiek

Professor of Law
School of Law

Professor Lee Magowan, School of history, anthropology, philosophy and politics

Professor Lee Magowan

Professor of Contemporary European Politics
School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

 

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Research Activity

As an institution, Queen’s has a long-standing history of research into European integration, with our academics offering key insight into the work of several high-profile Brexit research projects.

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INSTITUTIONAL POSITION AND RELATED LINKS

Read the University’s various statements and responses to the Brexit process and find practical information in related sites.

Institutional Response

Contact Us

To find out more about the Brexit-related research and expertise within our university, please visit our Brexit Expertise section and contact any of our academics. Alternatively, why not send an email to qpol@qub.ac.uk with your request.

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