Brexit may alter views on political violence

The impact of Brexit on relations between Protestants and Catholics and attitudes to political action and violence is the subject of a new study by a Derry-based academic.

Wednesday, 3rd April 2019, 10:46 am
Updated Wednesday, 3rd April 2019, 11:47 am

Paul Stafford, a PhD researcher at the School of Psychology at Ulster University, is seeking data at what could yet prove an epoch-making moment in European, Irish and British relations.

Mr. Stafford said: “There’s been a lot of research on the economic impact of Brexit but the social issues have been relatively ignored. It’s really important to understand what people believe the impact of Brexit will be on community relations in NI.

“It asks people’s opinions on Brexit, how they feel it could affect the politics and communities of NI, and views on political action and political violence.

“The study is open to anyone aged 18 or over. Three years on from the referendum it’s an important opportunity for people who were too young to vote in the 2016 referendum. We are also keen to hear from those who live in the Republic but travel to Northern Ireland to work or study, offering them a first chance to have their voices heard.”

He said he would like to assure potential participants that the researchers take privacy and data care extremely seriously and abide fully by British Psychological Society data protection regulations.