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Hartten, K. 2020. Brexit and Its Implications for Northern Ireland. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Copyright Kate Hartten 2020.


This thesis explores Brexit in regards to Northern Ireland. It begins by looking at the voting results, and then predicts implications of Brexit for Northern Ireland's trade and industry, for the rights of her citizens, and for the peace process as a whole.

While studying abroad in Ireland in the summer of 2018, I took a course in Irish history from a professor who grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He lived through the Troubles, and left Belfast in the 1990s. It was during that course that I realized there was a lot more to the situation in Northern Ireland than what it looked like on the surface, and I knew I wanted to learn more. That same summer, I was also struck by the contrasts in attitude towards Brexit.The summer I was there, Derry had five nights of consecutive rioting around the 12th of July; this was higher than usual, and people speculated that the rioting was a response to fears and angers related to Brexit. I wanted to know more about how Brexit would affect the people of Northern Ireland in particular. People are shaped by their history, their community, the economics and trade of the region, and by how secure they feel in expressing their identity. Since Brexit brought many of these issues to the forefront, I thought it would be fascinating to explore the impacts that Brexit might have on the people of Northern Ireland.