Giving a voice to local communities on the impact of Brexit.

As the UK prepares to leave the EU on 29th March 2019, the full impact of Brexit on the Irish border area remains undefined and getting answers to the questions posed may still take some time. ICBAN developed a Policy Paper on Brexit in March 2017, noting and respecting the differing political positions on our Management Board. It was agreed that the organisation would work towards highlighting any opportunities or concerns and to withstand any negative consequences arising from the Brexit process.

Having identified an absence of community consultation on both sides of the border, ICBAN together with Queen’s University Belfast conceived a survey initiative which became the ‘Bordering on Brexit: The views of local communities in the Central Border Region of Ireland/Northern Ireland’

report released in November 2017.  The report presents eight core findings that are highly relevant to Brexit negotiations and has gained significant coverage in local, national and international media, and been widely referenced across the UK, Ireland and Europe, as well as in Egypt and India.

With Brexit pending, there will be challenges for the border region to overcome. ICBAN will review and make decisions accordingly and play its part to help ensure that the interests of this Region are considered as a priority by key stakeholders and decision-makers. Key to the organisation’s ongoing efforts has been to present evidence to UK and Irish parliamentary consultations as well as to EU structures involved in the process.