What would happen to the Northern Irish border in the event of Brexit?

IIEA22nd June 20161min
With the UK’s referendum on its EU membership fast approaching, and UK public opinion precariously balanced, politicians and policymakers are turning their attention towards the tangible implications of a potential Brexit.

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IIEA Policy Brief - Brexit

With the UK’s referendum on its EU membership fast approaching, and UK public opinion precariously balanced, politicians and policymakers are turning their attention towards the tangible implications of a potential Brexit.

The Northern Irish dimension of this debate has recently come to the fore, with particular attention focused on possible implications of Brexit for the border.

Any hardening of the Northern Irish border, whether in the form of customs posts or passport controls, would have political and economic implications for both the UK and Ireland, encompassing mobility, trade and supply chains, and, in the worst case scenario, perhaps even affecting the fragile settlement in the North.

This IIEA brief describes the possible implications for the Northern Irish border in the event of Brexit.