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Brexit and British–Irish Relations

Etain Tannam
RUSI Journal, 27 July 2018
European Union, UK, International Institutions, Europe
The Brexit negotiations have strained the UK's relationship with Ireland.

This article examines the impact of Brexit on British–Irish relations to date. Etain Tannam shows how the intergovernmental relationship has flourished, but highlights the challenges posed by Brexit. She argues that strong British–Irish intergovernmental relations are essential to manage the challenges. A formalised institutional framework is and will be essential in the absence of common EU membership. To this end, the Good Friday Agreement’s British–Irish Intergovernmental Conference should be revitalised.

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