Brexit and Britain’s Borders

Dr Cathal McCall (QUB) – Brexit and Britain’s Borders                                            

A United Kingdom (UK) exit from the European Union (EU) poses significant questions for the UK’s borders, the most pertinent of which are: would there be a need for a hard border? If so, where would it run? The primary goal of the Leave campaign is to halt the influx of ‘unwanted outsiders’ to the UK. Such a goal requires a territorial border to be configured as a security barrier. Such bordering is considered here in the contexts of the UK, Great Britain, and the British Isles.