On Brexit and Secession(s)

The present paper aims at focusing precisely on the interrelationship between Brexit and secession. First, it analyses Art 50 TEU as a constitutional provision that allows for secession. Second, it explains how Brexit could trigger the dissolution of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the reintegration of Scotland and Northern Ireland to the EU. Third, it discusses why a solution to the 'Irish border’ conundrum that would entail a much closer relationship of this region with the EU than the rest of the UK should be seen as a pragmatic solution that protects the fragile balance struck by the Good Friday Agreement rather than as an annexation of Northern Ireland to the EU.