How would a Brexit impact Ireland?

22 Jun 2016

Unless you’ve been living under a particularly snug rock, you’ll be aware that the UK is set to vote on a rather important issue tomorrow (23 June) – whether or not it is going to remain in or leave the European Union (EU).

The Brexit debate has been dominating media coverage on both sides of the Irish Sea and all over Europe in recent weeks, with D-Day finally dawning for residents and citizens of the UK with the right to vote in the referendum tomorrow.

The possibility of Brexit is of particular interest to us here in Ireland, given our close relationship with the UK and uncertainty over what a ‘Leave’ vote would mean when it comes to our open border with Northern Ireland.

The Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) in Dublin has been providing much coverage of the Brexit campaign, including this forecast, which gives a nifty look at five possible scenarios for the ‘morning-after’ should the UK vote to leave.

They also produced this animation purporting to show what the UK leaving the EU would mean for Ireland.

It’s clear from this that the IIEA is firmly on the ‘Remain’ side, as are many leaders in science and tech, but the truth is that no one really knows just what the impact will be if the UK does leave the EU.

However, by Friday, we will finally know whether or not the UK is in or out of the EU project.

Brexit image via Shutterstock

Brigid O Gorman is a former sub-editor of Silicon Republic.