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 for future co-operation and peace building across the island.
The second paper has now been published and focuses in greater depth on possible constitutional and political impacts. In particular, it considers what implications UK departure from the EU would have for key political and legal instruments underlying the Northern Ireland peace settlement, including the Belfast Agreement itself. It concludes by briefly noting potential impacts on the wider UK devolution regime.