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05 Jul 2023

50 years on: divergent paths of British and Irish membership of the EU

2023 marks the 50th anniversary of Ireland and the UK’s accession to the now European Union, and three years since the UK withdrew from it. Following nearly fifty years of convergence and integration, it is time to interrogate the meaning and nature of EU membership in a current and former member state, reflecting on common questions including sovereignty, constitutional identity, and the protection of rights.

This series of commentaries, first published on the Verfassungsblog in March-April 2023 in a symposium co-convened by UK in a Changing Europe and the Sutherland School of Law at University College Dublin, reflects on the constitutional evolution brought about by EU membership and Brexit.

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