Frustrating Brexit? Ireland and the UK’s conflicting approaches to Brexit negotiations

Dooley, Neil (2022) Frustrating Brexit? Ireland and the UK’s conflicting approaches to Brexit negotiations. Journal of European Public Policy. pp. 1-21. ISSN 1350-1763

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Abstract

While Ireland and Northern Ireland barely featured during the 2016 referendum campaign, they have been central to Brexit negotiations. For some, Ireland’s prominence in talks represents core EU values of solidarity and peace. For others, Ireland has been ‘used’ as a bargaining chip to ‘frustrate Brexit’. In contrast, this paper shows how conflicting policy styles had an impact on the outcome of Brexit negotiations on the border in Ireland. Drawing on the literatures on Brexit negotiations, British policy style, and new intergovernmentalism, it shows that Ireland pursued a deliberative approach, contributing to its negotiating success. This is contrasted with three, relatively ineffectual, British approaches to Ireland, ‘lack of engagement’, ‘magical thinking’, and ‘delayed deliberation’. The paper draws on original interviews conducted with Irish politicians during negotiations, and interviews with senior British political figures contained in the UK in a Changing Europe Witness Archive.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Brexit, Ireland
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex European Institute
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2022 08:02
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2022 08:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/104897

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