Source: World Trade Organisation (WTO) MFN tariffs

Source: World Trade Organisation (WTO) MFN tariffs

When single markets and customs unions fail we have to fall back on the rules of the World Trade Organisation. MFN (Most Favoured Nation) tariffs are what countries promise to impose on imports from other members of the WTO, unless the country…

Source: Teagasc on Agri-food

Source: Teagasc on Agri-food

  Unlike many reports written before the event this heavy-duty 73-page study by Teagasc (Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority) issued in April 2016 retains its value if only because of the data tables. Like all good analysts they emphasize…

How much Legislation comes from Europe?

How much Legislation comes from Europe?

According to the House of Commons Library  in the UK data suggests that from 1997 to 2009 6.8% of primary legislation (Statutes) and 14.1% of secondary legislation (Statutory Instruments) had a role in implementing EU obligations, although the degree of involvement…

Source: PWC booklet on Brexit

Source: PWC booklet on Brexit

A 36-page report issued in July 2016 which goes into detail on the impact in five sectors: Financial Services, Agri-food, Energy, FinTech & Digital and Pharma. It rather neatly sums up where we need to focus in the short term: “We…

Source: Commons NI Affairs Committee

Source: Commons NI Affairs Committee

In May 2016 the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee produced a 45-page report entitled “Northern Ireland and the EU Referendum”. It can only be described as scrupulously even-handed but it is an excellent source of basic information such…

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…