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O'Donoghue, Aoife, Murray, Colin, Warwick, Ben & de Mars, Sylvia (2017). Policy Paper: The Common Travel Area: Prospects After Brexit.

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Maintaining the Common Travel Area that has existed between the UK, Ireland, the Channel
Islands, and the Isle of Man has been set down by the UK Prime Minister as one of her
government’s 12 key negotiating objectives. In this note, some of the functions of the CTA are
described, and the possible threats to it from Brexit are explored. It is concluded that the flexibility
and informality of the CTA means that while maintaining it in name is relatively easy, changes to
its substance are likely. Close scruntiny of any changes to the reciprocal nature and substantive
provisions of the CTA are therefore essential to assessing the success of this aspect of the UK
government’s negotiations.