IBEC sets out its Brexit stall

The Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation (IBEC) has  pulled all its policy positions on Brexit together in a snappy set of 12 information cards called “Brexit: Challenges with Solutions“. Speaking at the introduction in Brussels last week, IBEC CEO Danny…

Farage fears a Brexit in "name only."

Farage fears a Brexit in “name only.”

You’ll recall Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and colleagues quickly exiting stage left after the referendum result just over a  year ago.  The Brexiteers didn’t believe they would win and when they did their – nothing to do with us guv…

Just not at the meeting

Just not at the meeting

The news today that both the Scottish and Welsh first ministers met in Brussels with the  EU Chief negotiator Michel Barnier helps to underscore Northern Ireland’s  absence and that it does not have a government to reflect its views even…

‘Blind eye to porous EU border in Ulster’

Former MEP Andrew Duff has proved to be an insightful Brexit commentator. Writing for the Centre for European Policy, he frequently challenges the conventional view and turns out to be right.  He now thinks that the citizenship issue will reach…

Barnier blows whistle and CBI appeals for time.

Barnier blows whistle and CBI appeals for time.

BBB has always argued that what we have already in border terms between the North and South of Ireland is about as frictionless as you can get.  Any changes to that arrangement, in the context of Brexit, would only add…

Put simply - "Brexit is a bad thing"

Put simply – “Brexit is a bad thing”

For aviation – new agreements on flights ahead of Brexit. For energy – a French Irish interconnector.  For business – relaxation of rules to allow support post Brexit.  These are just a few of the proposals in the Seanad’s Special…

Sharing experience

Sharing experience

While Brexit negotiations are now playing out a high level in Europe companies are still trying to work out the net effect on their businesses. Many are still living in the land of known unknowns and unknown knowns. Intertrade Ireland commissioned…

Irish Times: "Frictionless border is a fallacy"

Irish Times: “Frictionless border is a fallacy”

In a hard-hitting opinion piece, Irish Times Economic Editor Cliff Taylor attacks the notion that there can be a ‘frictionless border’ if the UK pulls out of the customs union. “It really is time to nail the fallacy of the…