A stay of execution is always welcome

A stay of execution is always welcome

Dr Samuel Johnson, he who was not overly impressed by the Giant’s Causeway, said that the prospect of hanging concentrates the mind wonderfully. We who grapple with the looming disaster that is Brexit know exactly what he meant. So the…

"Politically crass and scientifically meritless" - Ouch!

“Politically crass and scientifically meritless” – Ouch!

With a title – “How the UK and EU can resolve the Irish border issue after Brexit” – you would think that the Legatum Institute had it all sorted.   Not according to Queen’s University’s Dr Katy Hayward and Research…

HMRC - adding it up.

HMRC – adding it up.

The head of the HMRC has given his estimation to the Treasury Select Committee  of the cost of border and tax checks post Brexit. Between five and eight hundred million pounds with the need for about 5000 additional staff. Although…

"...someone is going to mention the unmentionable."

“…someone is going to mention the unmentionable.”

The response by the EU’s Michel Barnier to the EU’s position papers on Brexit’s particular impact on Ireland was fairly direct – in effect calling Britain out on its stance. In the Irish Examiner Fergus Finlay calls Britain out further, not…

Europe comes first

Europe comes first

Daily headlines about Brexit show how much the issue dominates here.  Not so elsewhere.  As Polly Toynbee points out in the Guardian – with German elections looming at the end of the month, there was not a single mention of…