"About 35-40% of our trade comes over the border and we are hurting”

“About 35-40% of our trade comes over the border and we are hurting”

Photographs just don’t prepare the first-time visitor for the sheer, stunning magnificence of the Slieve Russell hotel near Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan. No wonder this fairy-tale structure set amid the green fields is the backdrop for about 160 weddings a year….

Source: How to stop Brexit before it is fully accomplished

It really is quite extraordinary that no coherent or effective opposition to Brexit has emerged within the British political system. The general ineptitude of the Corbyn-led Labour Party is less than a sufficient explanation as none of his many critics…

Westminster to stage Brexit debate Mrs May wants to stifle

Westminster to stage Brexit debate Mrs May wants to stifle

At last! Westminster is to stage the proper debate about Brexit which the government has worked hard to stifle since June. As a result, The Convention is filling the Westminster void on May 12-13 with a 2-day public event entitled…

Source: NI problems compounded by Brexit election

Source: NI problems compounded by Brexit election

In the absence of much mention in Britain of possible harsh effects of Brexit on Northern Ireland, credit is due to the European Policy Centre (EPC) for at least trying to provoke a discussion. Compiled by a group of Belfast-based…

Frontline: No new investment in wind in Northern Ireland.

Frontline: No new investment in wind in Northern Ireland.

  Optinergy of Stradone, Co. Cavan specialises in provision of operations and maintenance services to the wind industry in Ireland north and south and across Europe.    It manages and maintains a high number of wind turbines across Northern Ireland which makes up about…

Source: Britons did not vote to make themselves poorer—as Mrs May’s “hard Brexit” will

The Economist Magazine does not pull its punches or  sugar-coat its bitter pills. “The most dangerous of Mrs May’s illusions has been her claim that no deal is better than a bad deal. … To revert to trading with the…

Source: US/UK trade agreement a long way off

Source: US/UK trade agreement a long way off

The campaign to take the UK out of the EU was characterised by rejection of expertise. For the more gungho Brexiteers, leaving and its consequences are still largely impervious to reasoned argument or even simple arithmetic. A case of sorts…

Source: It's the agri-food economy, stupid

Source: It’s the agri-food economy, stupid

In general, agri-food occupies a tiny place in the British Brexit debate. The UK is very much a food buyer, importing almost 40% of what it eats, and is in fact a unique major market in that respect. Agri-food occupies…

Dairygold getting ready for 16c/litre tariff

Dairygold getting ready for 16c/litre tariff

Brexit is the gravest threat Irish agri-business has ever faced, warns  Dairygold chief executive Jim Woulfe. Dairy, beef and rural industry will face a crisis if there is  a hard Brexit and it will have “gigantic repercussions” for Ireland.  Dairygold is…

Source: Straight talking and business advice from PwC (2)

Source: Straight talking and business advice from PwC (2)

The clear advice from PwC is that you should  make your business plan on the basis that the UK will be a Third Country trading with the EU on WTO (World Trade Organisation) rules in two years’ time. Make your…