Source: Single market versus customs union

One of the main purposes of this blog is to find simple, clear explanations of issues which partisan commentators prefer to complicate. No publication does this job better than The Economist. This one-page essay on The difference between Europe’s “customs…

Source: CPD on best NI outcome

Source: CPD on best NI outcome

  This very substantial study of almost 50 pages published by the Belfast-based Centre for Democracy and Peace Building was prepared by Professor David Phinnemore whose team at Queen’s University has produced a series of Brexit papers and a Brexit Resource Guide….

Source: A legal perspective

Source: A legal perspective

did  This short document written a month after the referendum runs through issues that have generally been well covered in broadsheets – the legal eagles noted that the referendum was only advisory but did not flag up the possibility of…

Source: Policy paper, Centre for Cross-Border Studies

Source: Policy paper, Centre for Cross-Border Studies

A 12-page paper published June 2016 which scans all the possible options broadly from the perspective of the cross-border workforce, so there is a great deal of focus on the Common Travel Area.

Source: NI Assembly briefing note

Source: NI Assembly briefing note

This 15-page paper published in March 2015 which now seems such a long time ago – there are presumptions about UK political continuity which are definitely dated. It rehearsed all the prevailing arguments for and against, coming down for a…

Source: The Irish energy market

Source: The Irish energy market

Two-page summary published October 2016 by law firm LK Shields. Ireland imported energy worth €6 billion from the UK in 2014. The single energy market is not dependent on EU membership but any new EU tariffs on these imports  could…

Source: Managing the border

Source: Managing the border

This 27-page report from Queen’s University has no publication date but was clearly written at least a month after the referendum in June 2016. While it is light on trade impacts it provides a quite comprehensive overview of all the…

Source: Brexit and the CAP

Source: Brexit and the CAP

A 27-page in-depth report from PACT European Affairs, a Brussels-based consultancy, published November 2016. The two lead authors have complementary backgrounds, one within the Commission bureaucracy dealing with CAP, the other outside lobbying on behalf of agri-food organisations. Their main…

Source: Bord Bia briefing June 2016

Source: Bord Bia briefing June 2016

      Eight pages – a useful summary of the food trade. The UK accounts for around 54% of total Irish meat and livestock exports, reflecting the fact that it is the highest priced beef market in the world….

Source: Implications for Irish Agri-food

Implications of British exit from the EU for the Irish agri-food sector Author: Alan Matthews Published by Trinity Economics Papers Dublin TEP Working Paper No. 0215, April 2015 21 pages. Useful table of EU Common External Tariffs on agri-food products on…