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Ireland-UK Relations and Northern Ireland after Brexit

Brexit has rudely interrupted Irish-British reconciliation.

This report explores the impact of Brexit from an Irish perspective, explaining Europe’s role in improving Ireland-UK relations since 1970s and outlining the threat posed by Brexit to the political settlement in Northern Ireland. 

In April 2019, LSE IDEAS produced a second edition of this report, containing a new contribution from Michael Burleigh, important updates from Paul Gillespie and Adrian Guelke, and a refreshed introduction from Michael Cox.

Read the digital edition (second edition):

Ireland-UK Relations and Northern Ireland after Brexit

Download the pdf (first edition):

Ireland-UK Relations and Northern Ireland after Brexit

About the Authors

Biographies from time of report publication (April 2019)

Michael Burleigh is author of a dozen books on history including Blood and Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism (2008), Moral Combat: A History of World War II (2010) and Small Wars, Far Away Places: The Genesis of the Modern World 1945–65 (2013). He  has recently been appointed as the first Engelsberg Chair in LSE IDEAS.

Michael Cox is Emeritus Professor in International Relations at the LSE and Director of LSE IDEAS. The author and editor of over twenty  volumes including works on E.H Carr, his most recent books include a  3rd edition of his popular text US Foreign Policy (2018) and a book of his essays, The Post-Cold War War World (2019). He is currently  working on a history of the LSE.

Paul Gillespie is a former foreign policy editor with The Irish Times. He currently contributes a regular column for the newspaper entitled ‘World View’. He was recently appointed Deputy Director of the UCD Institute of British and Irish Studies  in Dublin.

Adrian Guelke is an Emeritus Professor in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University, Belfast and attached to the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict. Publications include Politics in Deeply Divided Societies (Polity Press) and The Study of Ethnicity and Politics (co-edited with Jean Tournon – Barbara Budrich Publishers). He is also the author of two works on terrorism: The Age of Terrorism and the International Political System and Terrorism and Global Disorder, both published by I. B. Tauris.