A Troubled Constitutional Future

Northern Ireland after Brexit

Mary C. Murphy, Jonathan Evershed

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ISBN 9781788214117
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192 pages   |  234 x 156mm   |  09 December 2021


The UK's decision to leave the EU has opened up huge existential questions for Northern Ireland as it marks 100 years since Partition. Peace had been regarded as resolved and settled, but Brexit has altered the wider constitutional framework within which the 1998 Good Friday Agreement is situated. With the question of Irish unity gaining renewed and sustained traction, and as the reality of post-Brexit trade between Northern Ireland and the Republic is far from frictionless and tariff-free, Northern Ireland approaches a “constitutional moment”.

Murphy and Evershed examine the factors and dynamics that are most likely to be influential and potentially transformative in determining Northern Ireland’s constitutional future. This book offers a cautionary warning about how Brexit and its fallout may lead to contested constitutional upheaval on the island of Ireland.


1. Introduction
2. Northern Ireland and the great Brexit disruption
3. Irish Nationalism
4. Ulster Unionism
5. The "middle ground"
6. The British and Irish governments
7. What prospects for the constitutional future(s) of Northern Ireland, and of "these islands"?

Author Information

Mary C. Murphy holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration and is Senior Lecturer in Politics at University College Cork. Her books include Northern Ireland and the European Union (2014) and The Europeanization of Party Politics in Ireland, North and South (2010) (coeditor).

Jonathan Evershed is a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of English and Digital Humanities at University College Cork.

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