Briefing Papers

June 20, 2016

EU Referendum Briefing Note: Informing the Debate

The upcoming referendum on the United Kingdom’s continued membership of the European Union is, arguably, the single most important decision that UK citizens have been asked to make in a generation. This view is maintained by Prime Minster David Cameron, for whom, the referendum presents “a huge decision for country, perhaps the biggest we will […]

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June 16, 2016

The UK Referendum on Membership of the EU: Cross-Border Cooperation, Peace-Building and Regional Development

Leading up to the referendum, the Centre for Cross Border Studies and Co-operation Ireland are publishing a series of briefing papers which aim to inform debate by exploring the potential impacts on Northern Ireland and North-South relations. This third paper in the series considers the role the European Union has played in supporting crossborder cooperation that […]

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June 1, 2016

Border People Briefing: Free movement of people and the UK EU Referendum

The UK referendum on continued membership of the EU will take place on 23rd June 2016. One of the key issues imbedded in the referendum is the UK’s intention to limit the free movement of people, one of the EU’s four principal freedoms, together with the free movement of goods, services and capital. With the […]

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April 28, 2016

The Potential Implications of Brexit for Cross-Border Bodies

CCBS provided a policy seminar on “The Potential Implications of Brexit for Cross-Border Bodies”, held in Dublin on 28 April 2016. Gathering members of the Advisory Board of SafeFood, as well as stakeholders of cross-border implementation bodies, the seminar examined the extent to which policy and regulatory divergence between the two jurisdictions on the island […]

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March 24, 2016

CCBS and Cooperation Ireland publish second EU Referendum Briefing Paper

In the run-up to the referendum, the Centre for Cross Border Studies and Co-operation Ireland are publishing a series of briefing papers which aim to inform debate by exploring the potential impacts on Northern Ireland and North-South relations. The first paper in this series provided an overview of the potential consequences of a ‘leave’ vote […]

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February 3, 2016

EU Referendum: Briefing paper series

By the end of 2017 (but perhaps as early as June 2016) the people of the United Kingdom will have voted in a referendum that will decide whether the UK remains a member of the European Union. Given the importance of what is at stake and the range of complex issues the referendum raises, the […]

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January 12, 2016

The possible implications of repealing the Human Rights Act 1998

In October 2014, the Conservative Party published a strategy paper titled ‘Protecting Human Rights in the UK’. In this document, Chris Grayling in his role as Secretary of State for Justice laid out Conservative proposals for reforming the UK’s human rights laws and specifically the repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998.The proposal to scrap […]

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June 15, 2015

Border People Briefing: Cross-border Family Benefits

For cross-border workers the country of employment usually pays Family Benefits even if the family reside in another EU state. This EU legislation applies to many families living in the Irish border region. How the EU legislation is implemented by the Irish and UK authorities frequently results in excessive delays in payments and as a […]

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April 23, 2015

The Future of Cross-Border Cooperation in a rural context

The Rural Community Network’s latest edition of Network News was dedicated to considering what the future may look like for rural communities, with several contributors from a range of sectors offering predictions for trends in their particular areas of expertise. Anthony Soares, CCBS’s Research & Policy Manager, contributed a piece entitled “Bordering on the Future”, […]

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December 17, 2014

Border People Briefing: Obstacles to Cross-border mobility; Taxation

The foundation of the European Community in 1957 established the right to free movement between member states. These rights are enshrined in Article 45 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the Europe Union although their practical application at national level can sometimes hinder rather than encourage cross-border mobility. The most frequent issues identified are […]

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January 17, 2014

Border People Briefing: Barriers to Student Flows

Considering the fact that Ireland is a small island which shares a common language and two intimately comparable education systems, it would be natural to assume that large numbers of students from each jurisdiction would cross the border each year to study. This briefing paper examines the impact of barriers to student mobility on the […]

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