Scotland's and Northern Ireland's Choice: How could they remain in the EU?

In the Brexit referendum of 23 June 2016, England and Wales voted to leave the EU, while Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain. Following that, there has been a debate about how it would be possible to achieve the continuing EU presence of those UK constituent nations that do not want to be taken out against their will.

In a recently published paper I have argued that there are two pathways for Scotland and Northern Ireland to remain in the EU. The first entails the achievement of Scottish independence and the reunification of Ireland through democratic referendums. The second pathway explores how it would be possible for Scotland and Northern Ireland to remain in the EU even without seceding from the UK.

The findings of my research have been reported and discussed by the media. Here are three newspaper articles that refer to my work:

  1. 'Constitution must be changed if Scotland to stay in EU says legal expertThe National, 16 July 2016.
  2. 'Scotland to choose between two families of nations', The Scotsman, 18 July 2016.
  3. 'UK Brexit: Could Cyprus inspire pro-EU Scotland?', BBC, 23 July 2016.