No version of Brexit avoids disruption for Northern Ireland and the peace process. Furthermore, it is inherent in the logic of UK departure from the European Union that, far from seeking to minimise this impact, it should augment the risks to the region. The concept of sovereignty – however defined – was always a key feature of Euroscepticism, and in 2016 the ‘leave’ campaign presented its cause in terms of a reassertion of this quality on the part of the UK. The UK government has now seemingly chosen this term as the keyword of the latest instalment in the Brexit process.
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