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Implications of Brexit: A Divided Kingdom?

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April 2020

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In 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) held a referendum on whether or not to leave the European Union, in what is known as "Brexit.” By a narrow margin of 51.9% to 48.1%, the people voted to leave. Although the UK in its entirety voted to leave, only 38% of Scotland voted to leave, while 62% voted to remain, and in Northern Ireland, 44.2% voted to leave while 55.8% voted to remain. The focus of my research explores the implications of Brexit, particularly its effect on Northern Ireland and Scotland. The “how” of Brexit could have occurred in one of three ways: – a ‘hard’ deal, a ‘soft’ deal, or a ‘no-deal.' Because of the issues of Ireland’s border and Scotland’s sovereignty, there stood a chance that the UK would become a “divided” kingdom. When considering the political and economic concerns, I recommend a ‘soft’ Brexit.

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This oral presentation is based on an individual research project.

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Implications of Brexit: A Divided Kingdom?

In 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) held a referendum on whether or not to leave the European Union, in what is known as "Brexit.” By a narrow margin of 51.9% to 48.1%, the people voted to leave. Although the UK in its entirety voted to leave, only 38% of Scotland voted to leave, while 62% voted to remain, and in Northern Ireland, 44.2% voted to leave while 55.8% voted to remain. The focus of my research explores the implications of Brexit, particularly its effect on Northern Ireland and Scotland. The “how” of Brexit could have occurred in one of three ways: – a ‘hard’ deal, a ‘soft’ deal, or a ‘no-deal.' Because of the issues of Ireland’s border and Scotland’s sovereignty, there stood a chance that the UK would become a “divided” kingdom. When considering the political and economic concerns, I recommend a ‘soft’ Brexit.