The Northern Ireland/Ireland Border, Regulatory Alignment and Brexit
Professor David Phinnemore and Dr Katy Hayward look at some principles and options in light of the UK-EU Joint Report of 8 December 2017.
This briefing paper is designed to inform discussion regarding the need and options for regulatory alignment on the island of Ireland in the context of Brexit and, in particular, the UK-EU Joint Report of 8 December 2017.
It first discusses key principles and practices regarding the regulatory context for cross-border trade and cooperation on the island of Ireland (Section I).
It then sets out the implications of the commitments of the UK and the EU stated in the Joint Report, centering on the avoidance of a hard border and the protection of the 1998 Agreement (Section II).
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David Phinnemore is Professor of European Politics and Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Science in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast. His research interests cover EU treaty reform, EU enlargement, EU external relations and alternatives to EU membership, particularly association.