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Brexit and the Irish Border: Historical Context

Published by The British Academy

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: Historical Context' is written by Professor Mary E. Daly MRIA, Professor Emeritus in Modern Irish History at University College Dublin.

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Brexit Briefings

The British Academy’s Brexit 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.

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