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.
Association to Erasmus: Challenges and Opportunities
A briefing outlining past patterns of association to the Erasmus programme and drawing out lessons learnt for the UK.
The European Structural and Investment Funds – Contribution to UK research and innovation
This explainer details the role that European Structural and Investment Funds play in supporting investment and capacity building in UK research and innovation.
Brexit, Rights, and the Ireland-Northern Ireland Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement
This briefing explores how far the Withdrawal Agreement addresses the protection of human (and equality) rights in Northern Ireland.
Association with European Union Framework Programmes for Research & Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities
A briefing outlining past patterns of association to EU Framework Programmes and drawing out lessons learnt for the UK.
Europe on the Horizon: Examining the Value of European Research Collaboration
A briefing detailing the range of European research collaborations that take place within the humanities and social sciences and illustrating their impact on UK research, higher education and society.
Legal Aspects of the Precautionary Principle
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.
The Belfast / Good Friday Agreement, the Island of Ireland Economy and Brexit
A briefing signalling the risks of the UK’s planned departure from the EU which could remove the economic elements underpinning the Belfast/ Good Friday Agreement, depending on the UK’s final settlement.
Frontier Knowledge for Future Gain: Why the European Research Council Matters
This briefing examines the critical role played by the European Research Council (ERC) in supporting the UK research base.
Brexit Means…? The British Academy’s Priorities for the Humanities and Social Sciences in the Current Negotiations
A briefing outlining our goal 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.
Brexit and the Irish Border: Historical Context
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.
Brexit and the Irish Border: Legal and Political Questions
This briefing aims to inform legal and political questions in relation to the Irish border, and in the context of the Good Friday Agreement of 1998.
The Good Friday Agreement, Brexit, and Rights
The briefing considers the relationship between the Belfast-Good Friday Agreement, which underpins the peace settlement in Northern Ireland, and Brexit.