Policy

September 7, 2017

European Commission publishes guiding principles on Ireland and Northern Ireland

The European Commission has today set out its principles for the political dialogue on Ireland and Northern Ireland in the Brexit negotiations. Today’s paper states that the Good Friday Agreement should continue to be protected and strengthened in all its parts after the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. The continuation of the Common Travel Area, which […]

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September 1, 2017

CCBS Director Ruth Taillon podcast ‘Is a frictionless Irish border ‘magical thinking?’ for The Guardian

Ruth Taillon, Director, Centre for Cross Border Studies was recently interviewed by the Guardian for their ‘Brexit Means’ podcast series discussing the critical Brexit question and potential dealbreaker of ”Is a frictionless Irish border ‘magical thinking?’ Appearing on the show with presenter Jon Henley, Lisa O’Carroll, the Guardian’s Brexit correspondent, and Martina Anderson, a Northern […]

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August 25, 2017

CCBS Brexit Blog Update Issue 2

Centre for Cross Border Studies Deputy Director Anthony Soares gives a brief Brexit update from the team’s weekly meeting below. In this update, Deputy Director Soares discusses the recent British Government’s Paper on Northern Ireland & Ireland and gives the Centre’s response. For further information please see the CCBS Statement & CCBS Response to the […]

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August 18, 2017

CCBS ‘Response to the UK Government position paper: Northern Ireland and Ireland’

The Centre for Cross Border Studies has published a response to the UK Government’s position paper ‘Northern Ireland and Ireland.’ CCBS welcomes the fact that the paper recognises the unique circumstances of the island of Ireland and appreciates the references to upholding the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, avoiding a ‘hard border’, maintaining the Common Travel Area, […]

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August 10, 2017

CCBS Brexit Blog Update Issue 1

Centre for Cross Border Studies Deputy Director Anthony Soares gives a brief Brexit update from the team’s weekly meeting below. The island of Ireland is most at risk from the UK’s decision to leave the EU and ‘flexible and imaginative solutions’ will be needed. CCBS has published its own proposal through its recent Briefing Paper which […]

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August 9, 2017

The Centre for Crossborder Studies Publishes an Update of its Briefing Paper on ‘Brexit and Economic Development’

In the run-up to the United Kingdom’s referendum on membership of the European Union in June 2016, the Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS) and Co-operation Ireland published a series of five briefing papers. These papers aimed to inform debate by exploring the potential impacts of an eventual Brexit on Northern Ireland and North-South relations. […]

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August 9, 2017

CCBS Report: The negotiations for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union

This report  evaluates how relations within the island of Ireland, and between the island of Ireland and Great Britain are framed within the approaches to the negotiations being taken by the main players involved, and suggests how to safeguard North-South and East-West relations in the post-Brexit context using the 1998 Belfast/Good Friday Agreement as a […]

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July 6, 2017

Brexit: Irish border one of the top EU priorities

Speaking to the Economic and Social Committee in Brussels this morning, the EU’s chief negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier, made the following points of special interest here in Ireland. He reiterated the primacy of the Irish border issue as one of the top EU priorities: “The best way of reaching an agreement is to create […]

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