28 04, 2022

WEBINAR: After the Stormont elections – Where next for Northern Ireland?

By |2022-05-11T09:45:16+00:00April 28th, 2022|Categories: 2022, Brexit, Devolution, Europe, UK|Tags: , , , |

Joint event by the Federal Trust, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and Global Policy Institute   10th May 2022 WATCH THE WEBINAR HERE or in the player below:   At this timely webinar, held a few days after the elections in Northern Ireland, our expert speakers analysed the elections results and their possible implications. [...]

22 04, 2022

VIDEO: Northern Ireland, Elections and Brexit

By |2022-04-22T13:24:39+00:00April 22nd, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Trade, UK Constitution, Video|Tags: , , , , |

In this new video our Director Brendan Donnelly and Council member John Palmer discuss the forthcoming elections in Northern Ireland and their likely implications for the Northern Ireland Protocol and relations with the rest of the island of Ireland. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE or in the player below:   SPEAKERS: John Palmer is a [...]

21 04, 2021

A United Ireland – An Empty Slogan?

By |2021-04-21T11:56:01+00:00April 21st, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In May 2021 Northern Ireland will mark the hundredth year of its existence. These years have been marked by long periods of turmoil rather than any sense of contentment or stability. There has been and remains an atmosphere of unease. Governments in Northern Ireland have been marked  by periods of [...]

16 11, 2020

Ireland: A shared island – Brexit and a Celtic future ?

By |2020-11-16T12:35:35+00:00November 16th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

An atmosphere of crisis in Ireland north and south is dominating discussions of the future among seasoned observers and commentators there. It is occasioned by the impending decision on Brexit due to be made shortly ahead of the end of the transition period on 31 December. While the wider public [...]

13 10, 2020

Brexit: removing the connective tissue of the United Kingdom?

By |2020-11-14T12:25:11+00:00October 13th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Europe, Federalism, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The United Kingdom (UK) and what is now the European Union (EU) were intertwined for nearly half a century. Consequently, Brexit means more than the UK removing itself from the EU. It involves extracting the EU from the UK. The four years after the EU referendum of 23 June 2016 [...]

29 09, 2020

Brexit and Northern Ireland – a Different United Kingdom

By |2020-11-16T12:34:35+00:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Europe, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Northern Ireland will mark 100 years of its existence on the 3rd of May 2021. Meantime the Government of the Republic has launched a radical new policy calling for “A Shared Island”. This new emphasis on SHARING points to a United Ireland as an aspiration rather than a policy. In [...]

22 07, 2020

How far can the Northern Ireland Protocol limit Brexit’s economic damage?

By |2020-07-22T09:45:01+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Trade, Trade & Financial services, UK Devolution|Tags: , , |

Photo credit: Albert Bridge (Wikimedia Commons/ CC BY-SA 2.0)   The Brexit project entails much collateral damage. The most prominent potential victim of UK departure from the EU to date – though others will no doubt become increasingly difficult to ignore – has been the island of Ireland. [...]

16 07, 2020

Hard Brexit plus Covid equals Divorce?

By |2020-07-16T13:18:15+00:00July 16th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , |

President Clinton admonished us that it was “the economy, stupid”. Perhaps, in the current febrile situation this should be amended to being “it’s the politics, stupid”.  Faced with a 25% drop in GDP in the UK in quarter 2, this might seem surprising to some. But take a closer look. [...]

16 06, 2020

VIDEO: The Brexit negotiations and their implications for the island of Ireland

By |2020-07-10T09:19:03+00:00June 16th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Video|Tags: , , |

Click here to watch the recorded webinar held on 8th June 2020.   SPEAKERS: Daithi O’Ceallaigh Dáithí O’Ceallaigh is a former Irish diplomat who worked for many years on British-Irish and north–south relations, culminating in service as ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2001 to 2007. Dr Mary Murphy Dr [...]

10 06, 2020

Constitutional options for Northern Ireland: a discussion

By |2020-06-10T13:21:33+00:00June 10th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Europe, UK Devolution|Tags: , , |

No version of Brexit avoids disruption for Northern Ireland and the peace process. Furthermore, it is inherent in the logic of UK departure from the European Union that, far from seeking to minimise this impact, it should augment the risks to the region. The concept of sovereignty – however defined [...]

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