Source: Getting to know the WTO tariffs

Source: Getting to know the WTO tariffs

We might all start with “A Beginner’s Guide to Trade Data” published by the Wall Street Journal. Next comes an article in the Economist Magazine outlining some of the many difficulties Britain will face in a transition from trading as…

Taoiseach outlines plans to cope with Brexit

Extracts from a speech to Institute for International and European Affairs, 15th February 2017 “The last Budget contained tax measures to support Irish businesses who could be affected by Brexit. As part of this, we have taken specific actions to…

Source: What will the border look like?

Source: What will the border look like?

There is a powerful air of unreality about the political conversations to date about the future of the border. Hard, soft, frictionless, seamless, blah, blah – we would all prefer to crack a couple of jokes and forget about the…

Source: Breakdown of Britain’s €60 billion exit bill

The London press seems not to have spotted the issue of the UK’s exit bill, otherwise we would be hearing more of it. When it does explode into the tabloids details are likely to be hazy, so it is worth…

You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.

You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.

The concept and scale of a UK bill for leaving the EU was being discussed as early as last November and BBB pointed to an Irish Times article then that the bill for leaving could be as high as 60…

Editorial: A direct threat to Ireland's economy

Editorial: A direct threat to Ireland’s economy

Even if achievable you won’t arrive at a frictionless border unless there’s some friction in the analysis and debate. That won’t be achieved unless there is a firm recognition that the problem with the border is not just bother and…

RTE features Brexitborder.com in "uncertain future" debate

RTE features Brexitborder.com in “uncertain future” debate

The Week in Politics kicks off its debate this week by acknowledging that the reality of a hard border could be about to bite us with former government minister Dermot Ahern reminding us how difficult things were in the past saying “it would…