Katy Hayward, Slugger O'Toole

Katy Hayward

Slugger O'Toole

United Kingdom

Contact Katy

Discover and connect with journalists and influencers around the world, save time on email research, monitor the news, and more.

Start free trial

  • Unknown
  • Slugger O'Toole
  • The Guardian
  • Social Europe
  • Prospect Magazine

Past articles by Katy:

Sunset clauses and statutory instruments: How Brexit is allowing the UK to be redrawn…

Whilst there is a lot of attention on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland as a source of tension and complexity in intra-UK relations, a far more consequential effect of Brexit is coming into view – one which will irrevocably change the constitution of the UK. Extraction of the UK from the EU was never going to be a straightforward case of divorce – it was to provoke a fundamental… → Read More

What comes after 5 May elections? A ‘fortune teller’ diagram…

The 5 May Assembly election may well be a critical moment for post-Agreement politics in Northern Ireland. The law and procedures of the Assembly provide a set of ‘known knowns’ to prepare for; few are straightforward, but none need send us hurtling into stalemate or crisis. First things first: the new cohort of MLAs will take their seats, each one designating as “Unionist”, “Nationalist” or… → Read More

Police mock Johnson’s big crime plan: Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart and Rafael Behr discuss ‘crime week’ and experts look at what’s behind the latest tensions over the Northern Ireland protocol → Read More

The 2020 Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey – Political Attitudes in Northern Ireland in a Period of Transition…

The 2020 Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT) survey was conducted towards the end of a year of extraordinary upheaval. Across the world, all manner of social and human experience was affected by the coronavirus pandemic – births and deaths, home and work, private enterprise and public services. The health crisis began just 6 weeks into the ‘transition period’ from the UK’s exit from the EU to… → Read More

People across Northern Ireland fear that the protocol will damage political stability

Boris Johnson would be wise to recognise that the most acute friction being felt is political, say politics professors Katy Hayward and David Phinnemore → Read More

Why the protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland matters – Katy Hayward

The protocol is a small part of the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement but it has enormous implications for both parties. It is imperative they tread with care. → Read More

Is the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement really in peril?

For all the talk of protecting the peace process, the values underpinning it are in precariously short supply all round → Read More

Covid cases rise as testing crisis worsens: Politics Weekly podcast

Jessica Elgot and John Crace discuss the Covid testing catastrophe and Angela Rayner’s PMQs debut; Rory Carroll and Katy Hayward ponder the future of Northern Irish politics; plus, Rajeev Syal speaks with the new head of the Whitehall spending watchdog, Gareth Davies → Read More

What holds the Kingdom United?

The UK is collapsing as a coherent democratic entity → Read More

Northern Ireland’s MPs and Brexit: Their past and future influence…

The UK in a Changing Europe recently published a report on Parliament and Brexit. The report examines how much has changed as a result of Brexit and, of course, the 2019 election which is unlikely to have happened in other circumstances. It also looks ahead to upcoming challenges for Parliament as the transition period hurtles along. This extract from the report considers the parties from… → Read More

Now Stormont is back, Northern Ireland has hope once again

The DUP and Sinn Féin, gripped by the fear of new assembly elections, agreed a compromise. But there are no guarantees, says academic and author Katy Hayward → Read More

The DUP knows it will have to carry the burden of Brexit

Leaving the EU will have a huge impact in Northern Ireland. For the party, it will not be cost free, says Queen’s University Belfast academic Katy Hayward → Read More

Brexit deal back from the brink – Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart is joined by Katy Hayward, James McGrory and Torsten Bell to discuss whether or not Boris Johnson has avoided the cliff edge. Kate Proctor also reports from the SNP conference → Read More

Johnson’s Northern Ireland Brexit border plan is invidious and unworkable

The ‘two-border’ solution is cost-free for Britain, with all the consequences being felt on the island of Ireland, says Katy Hayward, author of Bordering on Brexit → Read More

She holds the key to the Brexit deadlock. But will Arlene Foster dare use it?

Improbably, the DUP leader finds herself with the power to change the course of European history, says academic and author Katy Hayward → Read More

Recent no-deal threats show dangerous disregard for Northern Ireland and its fragile peace

The backstop is intended to protect hard-won peace; no deal would jeopardise it → Read More

The Irish border in a “no deal” scenario

How hard would the border become in the event that Brexit talks collapsed? → Read More

A hard Brexit means a hard border – whatever Owen Paterson says

The ex-Northern Ireland secretary’s argument is simplistic on cross-border trade, says academic Katy Hayward → Read More

The Irish border, SNP conference and emotions in politics – Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart and guests discuss the main sticking point in Brexit, Libby Brooks reports from the SNP conference in Glasgow, and William Davies discusses his book Nervous States: How Feeling Took Over the World → Read More

When it comes to the Irish border, the government’s reheated customs proposals are nothing less than magical thinking

The proposals, already rejected last year, are only the latest in a long line of failings in Britain’s negotiations with the island of Ireland → Read More