From partners to rivals
Anglo-Irish relations after Brexit
in Breaking peace
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This chapter examines the impact that the Brexit negotiations have had on Anglo-Irish relations. It explains how the London/Dublin relationship has been integral to the political fortunes of Northern Ireland and will continue to play a critical role in the future viability of the peace process and political institutions in the region. UK and Irish membership of the EU has been a point of commonality since the simultaneous entry of the two countries to the EEC in 1973. From that point a slow convergence took place over seeing the political conflict in Northern Ireland as a problem to be jointly managed.

The chapter explains how the Brexit referendum and subsequent UK negotiation with the EU changed that dynamic and potentially sets a new course for both countries. This relates to policy towards Northern Ireland but also to wider dimensions, notably economic interests, attitudes to security, human rights and to the European neighbourhood itself.

The chapter demonstrates how the Brexit negotiations made diplomatic relations more fraught between the two countries, primarily over the ambiguity surrounding the future of the Irish border, but also over the UK’s broader commitment to the future of the GFA itself.

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