Questions tagged [ireland]

Use for questions regarding politics or policies relating to the island of Ireland. If your question relates specifically to either the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland please instead use those tags.

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Why doesn't UK consider Ireland a foreign country for the purpose of British law?

Why doesn't UK consider Ireland a foreign country for the purpose of British law? What is the philosophy behind it? If we examine the history, it can be pointed out that more than half people in ...
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In the absence of a trade deal, and an amended withdrawal agreement, how will smuggling be prevented across the Irish border?

The extreme wing of the Conservative party which is currently ascendant in Britain, argues that there will never be a hard border in Ireland, because no one would build one, Britain, Ireland nor the ...
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If Northern Ireland joins the Republic of Ireland to become a United Ireland, will the Common Travel Area be abolished? [closed]

If Northern Ireland joins the Republic of Ireland to become a United Ireland, will the Common Travel Area be abolished? CTA, in part, exists because of the fear of a hard border between UK and Ireland....
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Why is a UN Security Council seat important to Canada?

Canada loses its bid for a seat on UN Security Council. Some politicians are very disappointed with that fact. I am of the opinion that instead of Canada, we have Norway or Ireland. I believe they ...
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What was Jeremy Corbyn’s involvement in the Northern Ireland peace process?

I’ve heard mixed reports as to his involvement; some reports describe him as a broker of peace whose efforts brought an early end to the Troubles, while others describe him as a terrorist sympathizer ...
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In the Revised Irish Protocol, what would the nature of the Irish Sea border be?

In the Revised Irish Protocol, a customs and regulatory border would be erected between Great Britain and Northern Ireland if Great Britain wished to diverge in tariffs and/or goods regulations from ...
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The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and the revised Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol

The revised Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland means Northern Ireland will stay in European Union Single Market regulatory alignment for goods, for a minimum of six years (four before the first ...
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In the revised Irish Protocol when would the first Northern Irish consent vote occur?

In Article 18 of the revised Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland (an annex to the Withdrawal Agreement), the Northern Irish Assembly is given the ability to consent or deny consent for the ...
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Customs checks and Brexit

The UK Government has recently been reiterating that customs checks will not be located at or near the North/South Irish border. But the Withdrawal Agreement treaty (Article 184) commits the UK to ...
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Was the e-Borders CTA border management system replaced?

On 20th December 2011, the Irish and British governments signed the Joint Statement Regarding Co-Operation on Measures to Secure the External Common Travel Area Border. This document committed the ...
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What would the EU’s position be with respect to a United Ireland?

During the Scottish referendum of 2013, it was made clear that the United Kingdom is a member of the European Union and any part of the UK seceding from it would be treated as a 3rd country, and would ...
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Controversial significance of Pawnbrokers Bill 1964 to Seanad Éireann

According to Wikipedia, the Seanad Éireann has only twice rejected a bill only to be overridden by the Dáil. The first case concerned electoral reform which it's easy to imagine might divide houses. ...
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Does a hard border in Ireland necessarily breach the Good Friday Agreement? [duplicate]

I don't believe this has been asked before: I looked at here, and here. These are different questions. The answer is clearly yes as far as the EU’s jurists are concerned. But could they be wrong? ...
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Why can't UK MPs vote for the Withdrawal Agreement, then renege on the backstop if it comes to that?

In 64 days the UK will leave the EU without a transitional deal (Withdrawal Agreement). This will be a catastrophe for Ireland in that legally a physical border must then be built there. This would ...
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Brexit and backstop: would changes require unanimous approval by all EU countries? Does Ireland hold a veto?

A number of EU rules need to be agreed to unanimously: new members, treaties, taxation, IIRC. Ireland (the Republic, not NI) has repeatedly stated its concerns with the re-introduction of a hard ...
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What is the improvement of the “legally binding commitment” proposed by Boris Johnson over the existing “backstop”?

As explained in this article in The Guardian, Boris Johnson has written to the EU suggesting the backstop could be replaced by some form of commitment to prevent a hard Irish border in his ...
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Does the UK delegate some immigration control to the Republic of Ireland?

Identification is not legally necessary for domestic journeys within the United Kingdom. Take the following three-legged journey: Fly from a non-EU country to Dublin Ride a coach to Belfast Sail a ...
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How is the excise border managed in Ireland?

There is a tax border between Northern Ireland and Ireland for excise. By "tax border" I mean a border across which tax is due. Although there has been a harmonisation effort within the EU for ...