Taoiseach signals end of phoney war on border

Taoiseach signals end of phoney war on border

The most interesting thing about Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s Brexit outburst on Friday was how long it has taken someeone, anyone, from the Irish government to tell it like it most certainly is. After 14 months of diplomatic cliches (“we agreed…

Down to the crunch on land/sea border issue

Down to the crunch on land/sea border issue

The Times of London is reporting that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is no longer looking for special deals on the land border but rather wants the EU external border with the EU to be in the middle of the Irish Sea….

All quiet at the talks, so far

All quiet at the talks, so far

According to the Daily Express the EU is at war with itself: “Brussels cracks as Brexit and member states tear apart united front”. The sub-editing desk seems to have as poor a grasp on syntax (‘apart’ should be at the…

GM foods and bullocks on steroids at a frictionless border

GM foods and bullocks on steroids at a frictionless border

Today in this Republic, we regularly find ourselves in the slightly uncomfortable position that, in relation to Brexit, the best interests of this country and indeed of common sense are often served by the unelected House of Lords. In the…

Hard decisions ahead for freight industry

Hard decisions ahead for freight industry

The prospect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal has massive implications for the road and maritime freight industry in Ireland. A report from the Department of Transport sets out the dependence of the industry on UK routes….

Key Intertrade report on cross-border tariffs (3)

Key Intertrade report on cross-border tariffs (3)

POTENTIAL IMPACT OF WTO TARIFFS ON CROSS-BORDER TRADE The Intertrade report seeks to put figures on three possible scenarios: WTO tariffs only WTO tariffs + 0.25% cost of NTBs WTO tariffs + 0.25% NTBs + 10% exchange rate loss. In…

Key Intertrade report on cross-border tariffs (2)

Key Intertrade report on cross-border tariffs (2)

Potential impact of WTO tariffs on cross-border trade South to North trade in goods was valued at €1.65 billion in 2016 (down from €1.73 billion in 2015) and North to South trade was €1.05 billion (down slightly from €1.108 billion…

THE IRISH BORDER QUESTION

THE IRISH BORDER QUESTION

Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has put an untagged coach and horses through the potential for electronic tagging along the border post Brexit saying – it will not work.  His comments come as the border issue dominates in this…

Key Intertrade report on cross-border tariffs (1)

The Brexit debate has been long on rhetoric and posturing, but deplorably short on facts and verifiable research. In Ireland the key publication to date has been Working Paper 550, issued in November 2016 from the Economic and Social Research…

“TIME TO GET REAL” – BREXIT AND FOOD

There was much absent in the pre-Brexit debate which has emerged since. One such issue is food. We’ve been more aware of tariff and non-tariff issues, costs and jobs, given the extent to  which food is traded within the island…