Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

The Future of UK-Irish Relations Post-Brexit

16 January 2017 - 8:15am to 9:30am

Chatham House, London


HE Dan Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the UK
Chair: Quentin Peel, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House



For more than 40 years, EU membership has played a key role in shaping UK-Irish relations.

The single market, with its four freedoms, has facilitated strong economic ties, with trade now standing at over EUR 1 billion per week. An estimated 600,000 Irish citizens live in the UK, with more than 25,000 people crossing the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland each day. Their membership of the EU played a key role in creating the conditions for the Good Friday Agreement and sustaining peace and security, and concerns about the effect of Brexit on the peace process were raised during the campaign. Northern Ireland itself voted 56-44 to remain.

As the UK and the EU prepare for the negotiations ahead, the speaker will focus on some of the challenges for UK-Irish relations that will arise from the Brexit process.

This is part of a series run by the Europe Programme on ‘Britain and Europe: The Post-Referendum Agenda’.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.