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Book review: Europe and Northern Ireland’s future: negotiating Brexit’s unique case

O’Neill, Matthew G. (2018) Book review: Europe and Northern Ireland’s future: negotiating Brexit’s unique case. LSE Business Review (25 Nov 2018). Blog Entry.

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With Europe and Northern Ireland’s Future: Negotiating Brexit’s Unique Case, Mary C. Murphy presents a monograph that depicts a multi-layered narrative of Northern Ireland’s political complacency, dispensation and the return of old sectarian divisions since the Brexit referendum vote on 23 June 2016. The book rightly focuses on the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin, both currently drawing power from one-sided political narratives resulting from the collapse of Stormont and the Executive, but also as integral parts of a path to a restored Executive. The DUP, sitting comfortable with a confidence and supply demand at Westminster, are able to promote the narrative that they are still working for the good of Northern Ireland to their base. And Sinn Féin, whose votes were in decline with the growing stability of Northern Ireland, have been reenergised by the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scandal and have formed a new narrative of resistance. Murphy presents a reasoned and detailed analysis of the current state of Northern Irish politics and its relationship with the European Union, which expands the scope of her research to the development and emergence of Brexit and Northern Ireland decisions being produced at a distance and without the voice of an Executive with the intention of making Northern Ireland’s unique case better understood and heard.

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Additional Information: © 2018 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 13 May 2021 10:42
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 10:13

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