On the verge of its centenary, the Irish border is once again at the centre of British politics. Twenty years on from the landmark Good Friday Agreement, the already complex and controversial question of the border — which generations of Westminster politicians have sought to suppress— has now been further complicated by Britain’s protracted withdrawal from the EU.
In this concise explanation of an issue that has bedevilled British politics for nearly a century, Ivan Gibbons charts the border’s genesis, the historic background to the current controversy, the reasons for decades of British indifference to an ignorance of the subject, and what the future of the border might be.
IVAN GIBBONS is former Programme Director of Irish Studies at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London and a member of the Board of directors of Hammersmith Irish Cultural Centre, London. He is a lecturer and writer on twentieth-century British and Irish History and is the author of The British Labour Party and the Establishment of the Irish Free State 1918-1924 and Partition: How and Why Ireland was Divided.
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