Migration Law Research: House of Lords Report on Brexit, the United Kingdom and Ireland

The work of Professor Bernard Ryan, of Leicester Law School, has been used extensively in a House of Lords report on Brexit.

The House of Lords European Union Committee published Brexit: UK-Irish relations, a report calling on all parties to the forthcoming Brexit negotiations to give "official recognition to the special, unique nature of UK-Irish relations". That would lead on to a bilateral agreement between the United Kingdom and Ireland as part of the final Brexit negotiations. Key elements of the agreement would relate to borders, immigration and citizenship.

The report relies extensively upon Professor Ryan’s written evidence concerning the Irish border and the common travel area. Professor Ryan said, “I am especially pleased that protection for the common travel area, and the reciprocal rights of British and Irish citizens, are among the subjects proposed to be covered. My research has shown the need for greater legal certainty in these areas. A Brexit-related agreement would provide an excellent opportunity to achieve that.”

More information

House of Lords European Union Committee report 'Brexit: UK-Irish relations'

Professor Ryan’s written evidence for the inquiry on Brexit: UK-Irish Relations

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