Marine Spatial Planning, Brexit and the Island of Ireland.


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Irish Geography, 52(2), 213-233. 


The study shows how the same border may have different qualities accross an institutional context following Brexit.

Sea Basin(s): 
November 2019
Application in MSP: 
Unknown effect
Not sector specific
Type of Issue: 
Cross-border cooperation
Environment aspects
Type of practice: 
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Coherence with other processes: 
Integrated Coastal Zone Management

Questions this practice may help answer: 

  • What are the impacts of Brexit on MSP in Ireland?  

Implementation Context: 

The study concerns the UK withdrawal from the European Union that underligned a number of governance issues, including the maritime spatial planning.


The study evaluates recent marine governance innovations in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) and Northern Ireland (NI) to assess whether they promote integration. It illustrates how the characteristics of marine borders are context-dependent, with the same border being both hard and soft in differing contexts, and explains how this may be impacted by Brexit. 

Main Outputs / Results: 

The authors argue that the development of integrated marine management is not a priority in these jurisdictions and that the resulting complex, multiple constructions of marine borders has largely been ignored by MSP researchers. The authors conclude that developing a more nuanced understanding of borders, in order to advance integrated marine management, is crucial for post-Brexit MSP planning practice and research. 


The study addresses the impacts of Brexit on MSP in Ireland.

Responsible Entity: 

School of Natural and Built Environment.