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The British Academy’s Briefings explore the challenges and the key issues related to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU within the context of research and innovation and UK-Ireland relations. These briefings intend to raise awareness of the topics and questions that need consideration and/or responses as the UK negotiates its exit from the EU.

The decision of the UK to leave the EU has raised concerns and uncertainty over the land border on the island of Ireland, the Common Travel Area, the Good Friday Agreement as well as the all-island economy. These issues which have been identified as priorities for the Irish Government and for the EU institutions are the focus of our series of briefings with the Royal Irish Academy. By exploring the distinct geographical, historical, legal and economic context of these islands, the briefings aim to inform policies and the wider debate during the negotiations.

This series also seeks to inform policies as they relate to research and innovation. Our priority is to ensure that the excellence and value of UK-based research, scholars and students in the humanities and social sciences are recognised and supported in the various agreements that will be required during and after the Article 50 process. World-class research is outward looking and internationally engaged, benefitting from an exchange of ideas, people, methods and practices across borders.


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Project outcomes

Legal Aspects of the Precautionary Principle

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This briefing examines the legal aspects of the precautionary principle and helps inform the debate as the UK Government prepares to incorporate the precautionary principle into UK law.

Brexit and the Irish Border: Historical Context

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A briefing highlighting some key aspects of the history of the Irish border over the past century with a view to informing current discussions in relation to the UK's planned departure from the EU.

The Good Friday Agreement, Brexit, and Rights

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The briefing considers the relationship between the Belfast-Good Friday Agreement, which underpins the peace settlement in Northern Ireland, and Brexit.

The Common Travel Area: More Than Just Travel

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A briefing which examines issues pertaining to the Common Travel Area in the context of the UK’s planned departure from the EU, including as they relate to the Schengen Convention, other EU/EEA citizens and the border.

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Europe's Futures

A programme of activities promoting the UK’s engagement with European partners and illustrating the value of the social sciences and humanities for better understanding of the potential pathways for the Europe of tomorrow.


We foster international collaboration in the humanities and social sciences, and promote the sharing of international perspectives on global challenges.

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