‘Our precious union’ – the backstop and the constitutional integrity of the UK
The DUP might feel comfortable with rejecting the differentiation that the backstop introduces. However, there is a significant risk in such uber-unionist position. Restricting the... Read More
Holding European Parliament elections in Northern Ireland after Brexit
It would be an interesting turn of events if the argument of Geoffrey Cox whose aim was to convince the EU to accept UK’s right... Read More
Breaking up is hard to do
If the current political and constitutional crisis is a preview of what is to come, there is the real danger that the UK will become... Read More
“Everything must change so that everything can stay the same” – the effect of Brexit on the Union
There is an inherent contradiction in the uber-unionist position as expressed by the likes of the DUP and certain members of the Conservative Party. Unless... Read More
Why Theresa May is right about Brexit
The idea that we could now go back to the EU and negotiate something better is unrealistic. We have achieved an extraordinary negotiating result. This... Read More
The Northern Ireland border problem
The Northern Ireland border problem may turn out not to be the mother of all problems for the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union,... Read More
Backstop, backstop, backstop
The negotiations for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU are reaching their final stages and it is difficult to see how a solution... Read More
A tale of two ‘Backstop’ options
The Irish border might prove the pulling factor that keeps the UK in a close relationship with the EU for the next few years at... Read More
A bull in a china shop – Brexit as a challenge to the Good Friday Agreement
The EU and the UK legal orders possess the necessary flexibility to accommodate such a special status that will respect and protect the unique constitutional... Read More
A special arrangement for Northern Ireland?
Formal recognition of the particular circumstances of Northern Ireland is vital to securing the objectives being sought as the UK negotiates its orderly withdrawal from... Read More
Growing up on the border – on Brexit’s Irish problem
People voted to take back control of the UK’s borders… with little thought for what that would mean for the only actual land border.
What does Brexit mean for the EU’s Security and Defence Policy?
Brexit might actually be an opportunity in disguise for Brussels; without the constant British impediment, proponents of the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy... Read More