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Brexit and the Central Border Region: Have Your Say

Amid the uncertainty about the future of the UK's relationship with the European Union, one thing is clear: the Irish border region will be most directly affected by Brexit. This is in part because this Region embodies the close interlinking of relations between these islands - not just north and south on the island of Ireland, but east and west between Britain and Ireland.

Whilst some 'solutions' for addressing the risks of Brexit around the border may emphasise the need for inter-city connections and urban corridors, the Central Border Region faces unique challenges relating to its quite low density of population, small business economy and concentration of rural towns and communities. Furthermore the significance of the agrifood sector for trade in this Region raises particular needs to be considered in any post-Brexit arrangements. Such concerns are best considered on a regional basis, by those most directly affected. 

With this in mind, ICBAN together with a small team from Queen's University Belfast are conducting a community engagement research project on 'Brexit and the Central Border Region' with a particular emphasis on the views of rural communities. 

As part of this engagement, a brief online survey can be completed. There will also be an opportunity to participate in focus groups which will be held across the Region. 

The project is non-political and non-partisan and it is hoped can gather the views of local people whose voices tend not to be heard.

The results of this project will be compiled in a project report that will be shared with all the local Councils and with the Northern Ireland Executive, Irish Government, UK Government, European Union and MLAs, TDs, Senators, MPs and MEPs from this area. It is intended to complete a similar exercise in 12 months' time to identify any changing trends that may arise.

The online survey can be accessed here.

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