Source: North could be like Vatican, Andorra or Åland

Source: North could be like Vatican, Andorra or Åland

Brexit may look like the only game in town, but the EU is currently negotiating its relationship with Andorra, San Marino and Monaco. The negotiations are mentioned in “Hard Brexit” -How to address the new conundrum for the Island of Ireland?”,…

‘There will be a hard border, the only question is where’

Notions of a high-tech unseen border are a pipe dream, promises of a soft border almost worthless. This is the forthright view of Professor James Anderson, a founder-member of the Centre for International Borders Research at Queen’s University Belfast, writing in…

Attention turns to nature of negotiations.

Attention turns to nature of negotiations.

Now that the date has been set for triggering Britain’s ultimate divorce from the European Union consideration is now turning to the nature of the negotiations. The Centre for European Reform believes Brexiteers are wrong to think that Germany, because…

More dough for Brexit bread

More dough for Brexit bread

Half of the flour used by Irish bakers is milled on the island of Ireland in just three big flour mills, two in Belfast and one in Portarlington. The Belfast mills export 60% of their output to the south and…

Source: Government sets out its Brexit priorities (2)

Source: Government sets out its Brexit priorities (2)

The Common Travel Area (CTA) between Ireland and the UK has been so successful that few people are aware of its existence and the very notion of producing passports at the border is met with amazement and even ridicule. Yet…

Source: Government sets out its Brexit priorities (1)

Source: Government sets out its Brexit priorities (1)

Over the last nine months we have gradually realised more and more ramifications of Brexit, but mapping the full extent of the impact is extremely challenging. The government has decided to have a go in a 24-page document issued in…

Guest article: Same again Scotland?

Guest article: Same again Scotland?

Events in Scotland have such potential to alter the whole framework of the Brexit debate in these islands that Brexit Border Blog is making an exception to our strict ‘non-political’ rule to get an update from an Edinburgh perspective. The…

Keep farming till the money’s all gone

Last month Brexit Border Blog completed the Frontline Project, which will shortly be published by the British-Irish Chamber of Commerce and Chambers Ireland. From north Louth to North Donegal we talked to companies, cross-border commuters and all kinds of community…

Failure to plan for a 'no deal' will be a serious dereliction of duty.

Failure to plan for a ‘no deal’ will be a serious dereliction of duty.

The government has said no Brexit deal is better than a bad deal. This has provoked Westminster’s Foreign Affairs Committee to explore the implications of a such a ‘no deal’.  Its report spells out why it believes such an eventuality…

Editorial: The Brexit vote is long over – the consequences are not so why is that not apparent?

Editorial: The Brexit vote is long over – the consequences are not so why is that not apparent?

Since its inception BBB has been harnessing and publishing analysis, facts and reports relating to the effect of Brexit on the island of Ireland.  We’ve also been reflecting business concerns about the lack of information, and sources of information.  Tariff…