What did you do in the negotiations?

What did you do in the negotiations?

There’s a statistic the European Parliament has drawn attention to in an article about the impact of Brexit on Ireland.  It highlights that along the entirety of the EU’s eastern border from Finland to Greece there are 137 crossings. Between…

Bespoke or off-the-shelf: UK options for a trade deal

EU negotiators are holding fast to the principle that the UK cannot get a trade deal that is better than membership, that it cannot cherry-pick its own mix of rights and responsibilities. It can have full market access like Norway,…

For the record: Phase II negotiating guidelines

For the record: Phase II negotiating guidelines

Following the David Davis ‘statement of intent’ interview, the EU is clearly intent on getting the terms of the Phase I agreement tied down before moving on. In its guidelines for Phase II talks the European Council has specified that…

“Time to get off Brexit Fantasy Island”

The end of Phase I talks brought the rather devastating disclosure that until this week, the British Cabinet had never actually discussed what the UK wants out of Brexit. In an editorial on Prime Minister Theresa May’s report to the…

Rand Corp: UK worse off under most plausible scenarios

Rand Corp: UK worse off under most plausible scenarios

Leading US think tank the Rand Corporation has turned its attention to Brexit in its Examining Economic Outcomes series, and its findings are harsh. “The UK will be economically worse-off outside of the EU under most plausible scenarios. The key…

Brexit apart, the Irish economy is doing grand

Brexit apart, the Irish economy is doing grand

It was a long time coming but the Irish economy is now firing on all cylinders, according to the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in its quarterly economic forecast. “The Irish economy looks set to experience another year of…

Brexit Border Deal - what's in it and what's not

Brexit Border Deal – what’s in it and what’s not

“The United Kingdom … recalls its commitment to the avoidance of a hard border, including any physical infrastructure or related checks and controls … In the absence of agreed solutions, the United Kingdom will maintain full alignment with those rules of the…

The Brexit Border Deal – key paragraphs

JOINT REPORT FROM THE NEGOTIATORS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE UNITED KINGDOM GOVERNMENT ON PROGRESS DURING PHASE 1 OF NEGOTIATIONS UNDER ARTICLE 50 TEU ON THE UNITED KINGDOM’S ORDERLY WITHDRAWAL FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION (Our highlighting of key phrases…

As it stands a border cannot be avoided.

As it stands a border cannot be avoided.

In the Brexit debate it is not just what it is being said but also who says it that is important. So if, just days ahead of the decision to move to the next phase of talks, the Irish or…