The future of Northern Ireland: Border anxieties and support for Irish reunification under varieties of UKexit

John Garry*, Brendan O’Leary, Kevin McNicholl, James Pow

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Abstract

The paper assesses public attitudes in Northern Ireland towards the potential hardening of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as a result of the UK’s exit from the European Union. It investigates the relationship between border-related anxieties and support for a United Ireland. The study draws on specially designed qualitative and quantitative data, generated from a one-day citizens’ assembly and a representative attitude survey. It identifies a group of conditional Catholics who support Irish unity, but only under ‘hard exit’ conditions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalRegional Studies
Early online date4 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • border
  • Northern Ireland
  • referendum
  • UKexit from the European Union
  • unification

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