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Europe and Northern Ireland's Future
Negotiating Brexit's Unique Case

Mary C. Murphy

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ISBN 9781788210294
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ISBN 9781788210317
192 pages | 216 x 138mm | April 2018
Series: Comparative Political Economy
 

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"Cometh the hour, cometh the book. This book is an invaluable map to understand the consequences of Brexit for Northern Ireland and provides an exemplary compass for appreciating what the future may hold. It further establishes Mary C. Murphy as the leading scholar of the complex nexus that is the relationship between Northern Ireland and the EU." – Paschal Donohoe TD, Irish Minister for Finance

"Mary C. Murphy’s analysis is essential reading for those seeking to understand the importance of the EU to the politics and political economy of Northern Ireland. Her thorough analysis identifies the combined effect of Northern Ireland’s introverted politics and a political economy which is particularly exposed to risks associated with Brexit. Using rich empirical analysis, she provides clear insight into the destabilizing effects that the Brexit process has already unleashed in Northern Ireland, and the political and economic challenges posed by alternative Brexit scenarios." – Nicola McEwen, Professor of Territorial Politics, University of Edinburgh

"By boldly linking Northern Ireland's weak political economy and 'negative peace' to the politicization of its EU membership by Brexit this book makes a powerful case for a special status agreement on the North to stave off wider political and constitutional instability."  – Paul Gillespie, columnist, Irish Times


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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 Four decades of sectarian violence have been replaced by a period of sustained peace, economic growth and development, yet the trenchant political divide remains.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 C. 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 its fragile politics and economy.

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 neighbours.


Author Information

Mary C. Murphy is Lecturer in Politics at University College Cork. She is a Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, President of the Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies and a Fulbright-Schuman awardee. 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. She is the author of Northern Ireland and the European Union (2014) and co-editor of The Europeanization of Party Politics in Ireland, North and South (2010).

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