Epilogue
Brexit – do or die?
in Breaking peace
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The concluding chapter frames the key arguments within the book and the key issues that will face Northern Ireland, the UK government and the Irish Republic as the next phase of the Brexit process begins. It makes the argument that Brexit is breaking peace in Northern Ireland and that the severity with which it does so is dependent upon how Brexit is experienced.

A no-deal Brexit with no transition period is likely to result in a more extreme decline in Anglo-Irish relations and the peace process, while a deal between the EU and UK with the backstop element intact and a transition period is likely to cause a less immediate and urgent crisis.

This chapter will include the events at the end of October 2019 and the implications presented by whether the UK leaves the EU without a deal and a transition period – or agrees an alternative arrangement with the EU. The chapter will also cover the implication of the Conservative Party leadership contest to replace Theresa May as leader and prime minister and the implications of this for the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process in Northern Ireland.

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