Neither hard nor soft but racist? Brexit, ethnic profiling and the Irish border 

June 26, 2017

The IRR invites you to a wide-ranging discussion meeting on the implications of Brexit for border policing in Northern Ireland.

Given the new minority Conservative government is reliant on the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), this timely meeting will also address concerns that core tenets of the Good Friday Agreement could be in jeopardy.

  • Monday 26 June 2017, 2-3.30pm
  • IRR, 2-6 Leeke Street, Kings Cross Road, London WC1X 9HS


Theresa May initially asserted that Brexit would not herald a return to the ‘borders of the past’ but now openly talks of the construction of a ‘seamless, frictionless border’. In this context, speaker Daniel Holder will discuss:

  • How the ethos and actions of the UK Border Force fits with the peace settlement promise of non-discriminatory, human rights compliant and accountable policing;
  • What the prospects are like for the Good Friday Agreement now that the Conservatives have formed an alliance with the Democratic Unionists, who oppose that Agreement;
  • Whether populist anti-migrant racism will become institutionalised via discretionary border checks and entry decisions;
  • Does BREXIT spell the end of the UK-Ireland Common Travel Area and the further isolation of migrant communities?

Please note you need to book for this meeting as space is limited, please email:

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