RUSI JournalVolume 161Issue 2

Who Will Speak for Northern Ireland? The Looming Danger of an Ulster Brexit


Northern Ireland will feel the economic and political effects if the UK decides to leave the EU – policy-makers in Whitehall and Stormont need to consider the country's situation

Northern Ireland is rarely mentioned in the debate on the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU). However, a potential Brexit may have a significant impact on the social and economic situation in the country. Edward Burke argues that politicians in Westminster and Stormont have failed to address the risks associated with the UK’s departure from the EU. These may adversely affect the region’s prosperity and the delicate peace process.

The views expressed in the article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Institute.

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