Back to the future?

Northern Ireland between Brexit and fragile peace
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Border area between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, 1988


With the Brexit negotiations slowly moving on, about 1.8 million people in Northern Ireland are still left in limbo. After tough negotiations only one thing seems to be certain: There shall not be a return of a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. At the same time, however, the integrity of the UK shall be safeguarded, meaning one thing in particular: that Northern Ireland shall remain part of the United Kingdom after Brexit. So what could a potential middle ground between two seemingly incompatible positions look like?

Two years after the decision of the British people to leave the European Union many questions still remain open: How can a partnership between the EU and the UK be organised in the future? Where is cooperation possible and where will both go separate ways?

In addition to questions concerning the future border regime and economic prospects the people in Northern Ireland have to deal with even more uncertainties: the already fragile peace and the feeble societal cohesion are at stake. It has been over a year now that Northern Ireland is without a ruling government, political, social and religious trenches still continue to divide Northern Irish society, and general discontent continues to grow.

Although very few people expect a return to full-scale violence as it happened during the darkest days of the "Troubles", many questions remain unanswered: What is in store for Northern Ireland after the Brexit? And: How fragile is the peace in the north?

These questions will be discussed by

Brian Feeney, author and journalist, Belfast
Dette Hughes, East Border Region, Newry
Victoria Hewson, Legatum Institute, London
Dr. Katy Hayward, Queen's University, Belfast

Moderator: Jochen Bittner, ZEITonline, Hamburg

date

15.03.2018, from 18:00 until 20:00

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venue

Palais in der Kulturbrauerei
Schönhauser Allee 36
10435 Berlin

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Anyone who is interested in the subject

organiser

Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Fachbereich "Extremismus"

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Please note:
The discussion will be in English. However, simultaneous translation into German will be provided.

Please be aware that the event will be recorded (audio and video) in order to document the discussion and use the material for the Federal Agency for Civic Education's public relations work.

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Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung
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hanne.wurzel@bpb.de

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