Brexit and Irish Security and Defence

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Title: Brexit and Irish Security and Defence
Authors: Tonra, Ben
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Date: Mar-2019
Online since: 2019-08-29T08:36:08Z
Abstract: Brexit poses fundamental challenges to the Irish state across the public policy spectrum but critically in the area of security and defence. Traditionally, Irish security and defence policy was driven by three interconnected policy goals; territorial defence, aid to the civil power and international security operations. The prospect of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union has placed each of these three security and defence roles into a new context and poses a substantial existential challenge to the Irish state. Each will be reviewed in turn; the impact of Brexit on Irish security and defence policy, the capacity and role of the defence forces, and Ireland’s engagement in EU security and defence – including the prospect of a ‘common defence’. We argue that these three concerns lie at the heart of national existential interests; the survival of the peace process and security on this Island.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Politics and International Relations
Start page: 1
End page: 12
Series/Report no.: School of Politics & International Relations Working Paper Series; WP12/2019
Keywords: BrexitDefenceIrelandNorthern IrelandBelfast AgreementSecurity
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations Research Collection

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