Source: British Irish Chamber of Commerce

Source: British Irish Chamber of Commerce

This 9-page document was issued precisely 10 days before the referendum and was clearly designed to boost the Remain campaign. It started off with testimony from the great and the good of commerce – Airbus, BMW, Ford, Shell, Vodafone, BT,…

Source: Brexit, Northern Ireland and Ireland

Source: Brexit, Northern Ireland and Ireland

  A 26-page joint study published by the universities of Durham and Newcastle which runs through issues of travel, citizenship and trade  in a readable style. It was published in June 2016, presumably before the referendum judging by the opening…

May hints at transitional Brexit deal

May hints at transitional Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Therese May told the Confederation of British Industry she understands that business and industry don’t want the UK to go over a ‘cliff edge’  in 2019. This is being interpreted as the first hint that she may…

"Brexit is not something which is happening in two years, it is happening now"

“Brexit is not something which is happening in two years, it is happening now”

This time last year the BBC was reporting that Northern Irish shoppers were heading South for bargains. Like the seasons themselves the border regions have become accustomed to currency fluctuations – sometimes benefiting the South and sometimes the North.  This time…

The hard facts of dairy

The hard facts of dairy

In a recent article in the Irish Independent Brendan Keenan noted: “Almost 600 million litres of raw milk crossed the border from the North last year. Imports of drinking milk were valued at €175 million.” All sorts of fantasy deals…

Source: Queen's University Brexit Resource Guide

Source: Queen’s University Brexit Resource Guide

The European Politics team at Queen’s University, Belfast has been pumping out articles and studies on Brexit since early 2015 and Professor David Phinnemore seems to be the most prolific writer. The common thread seems to be a desire to…

Source: Nevin Economic Research Institute

Source: Nevin Economic Research Institute

This 30-page report from the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI), which is closely linked to the Irish and international trade union movement, was published in April 2016 with heavy use of the conditional tense. It certainly confronted the scope and…

Source: Impact on fisheries

Source: Impact on fisheries

SEMRU ( The Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit, NUI Galway) has produced an 8-page note (pre-referendum) containing all the fish statistics one could wish for with relevance to Brexit. The fish landed by Irish fishermen in British ports represents 27% of the total value…

Source: Food and drinks sector

Source: Food and drinks sector

26-page report produced by employers’ federation IBEC, September 2016

Source: Exposure by sector

Source: Exposure by sector

IGEES (Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service) is a little-known unit in the Department of Finance but they have produced an exceptionally useful 60-page report (October 2016) itemising likely Brexit impact sector by sector. This is important because for the typical decision-maker…