In this blog post for the LSE Brexit Blog, Professor Aoife O’Donoghue outlines the legal aspects of the potential process for bringing about Irish unification after Brexit.
Of the many things thrown up in the air by Brexit, the potential for it to bring about a united Ireland is gaining increasing attention. This ought not to be a surprise to anyone. Economics has long since played a part in the history of partition, the border and the questions about the consequences of unifying both polities on the island. This blog post focuses on the legal aspects of the potential process for bringing about unification, it doesn’t map a substantive vision of a unified Ireland (beyond foregrounding important social, cultural, economic and political questions), because that will be for the people of the two polities to decide.