Brexiting borderlands: the vulnerabilities of the Irish peace process
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Insight 4


Katy Hayward explores the re-emergence of the borderlands in Northern Ireland since the Brexit vote of 2016 and the anxieties that the referendum triggered among border communities contending with an uncertain future. The article describes the significance of European Union (EU)  membership to the peace process, centred around the Belfast  Agreement in 1998, and the challenges related to the border. Based on a study conducted by the author, the article looks at how local communities in the central Irish borderland region perceive the potential impact of Brexit on a still-fragile peace.