Senior Tories talk to Labour on ‘soft Brexit’ plan

Press reports in London say that senior Tories have been in touch with Labour to seek support in forcing Prime Minister Theresa May to take a more conciliatory line in talks with the EU The Evening Standard, edited by former chancellor…

Fears of one-year delay in start of Brexit negotiations

Fears are being expressed in London and Brussels that talks on  Brexit could be delayed by as much as a year in the wake of the British general election, according to media reports. Talks are scheduled to begin on 19th…

OECD: UK economy will slow this year and next

OECD: UK economy will slow this year and next

The UK economy will slow in 2017 and 2018 primarily due to uncertainty about the outcome of Brexit talks, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development ( OECD) in its June Global Economic Outlook. The OECD assessment is…

WTO tariffs not automatic fallback for no-deal UK

WTO tariffs not automatic fallback for no-deal UK

Throughout the Brexit debate it has been widely accepted that if the UK cannot agree a final deal with the EU by the 2019 deadline, it will have to revert to World Trade Organisation tariffs. However, that is not the…

BMA highlights Brexit risk to cross-border health care

The British Medical Association has expressed concern that vital cross-border cooperation in health care could  be put at risk by hard border controls. The BMA’s Northern Ireland council chair, Dr John Woods said Northern Ireland is too small a health…

UK-EU talks: What can possibly go wrong?

UK-EU talks: What can possibly go wrong?

The late Mario Cuomo, governor of New York, coined the phrase that you campaign in poetry and govern in prose. In a week’s time the electoral poetry will be all over and the professionals will sit down to the prosaic…