On 23rd June 2017, Centre for Cross Border Studies Director Ruth Taillon was a guest speaker at the the Bureau of the Various Interests’ Group of the EESC at the Ballymascanlon Hotel in Dundalk, Ireland. The location was significant as it is the place where, in 2011, the “New Cross Border Agreement” was signed between the Louth local authorities and the Newry and Mourne District Council, with both parties taking a major step forward in promoting cross-border partnership. At the time, the agreement was seen as an example of best practice and an important new instrument for building cooperation between the relevant local authorities. Now, in the wake of the Brexit referendum, the tendency is rather the reverse, with borders closing instead of opening up. CCBS Director Ruth Taillon gave her presentation on Brexit and it’s possible border implications to the audience, underlining the value which cross-border cooperation adds to the peace process and the impact which Brexit could have on this.
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