Sense making of Brexit for economic citizenship in Northern Ireland

Brownlow, Graham and Budd, Leslie (2019). Sense making of Brexit for economic citizenship in Northern Ireland. Contemporary Social Science: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, 14(2) pp. 294–311.



Northern Ireland appears to be the keystone for building a sustainable outcome for Brexit for the whole of the United Kingdom and its future relationship with the other Member States of the European Union, especially the Republic of Ireland. The complex constitutional, political, socio-economic, geographical and cultural position of Northern Ireland means that resolving the current negotiating difficulties rests on a wider set of considerations. These include the scale and scope of cross-border corporation with the rest of Ireland so that there is effectively an all - Ireland single market to which the Single European Market and Customs Union is presently essential. In this context, there is a significant challenge for economic citizenship in Northern Ireland and its governance arrangements. This paper sets to analyse the challenges to economic citizenship in Northern Ireland by examining the case of the key Agrifood sector for whom cross-border transactions and co-operation are crucial. It does so in the general context of how the economics profession contributed to the weakness of its expertise in investigating the impact of Brexit.

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