300 million to none?

300 million to none?

A number of thoughts occur following the recent announcement by the Irish Government of a 300 million euro Brexit loan scheme for Irish business.  The loans, backed by the European Investment Fund, are for future working capital requirements to fund…

Will we need food patrols on the border?

Will we need food patrols on the border?

The debate on the border has focused on how Northern Ireland might be kept in ‘the’ or at least ‘a’ customs union with the EU. This still leaves the question of how the agri-food industry north and south would have…

Smart or not?

Smart or not?

Compare the present Irish border with what is outlined in the the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee’s  Smart Border 2.0 report and its clear that a future border arrangement, with or without a political agreement, will be anything but frictionless. Commissioned by…

Time not certainty

Time not certainty

Here is the text of the agreement between the EU and UK  following the St Patrick’s weekend negotiations.  On Ireland, the UK confirmed it would accept the “backstop” solution of aligning with EU regulations to prevent a hard border with the…

Lines are now drawn.

Here is the full text of the European Parliament withdrawal agreement and already it is clear that it will produce a defining point in these negotiations opening as it does the prospect of Northern Ireland remaining within the customs union and single…

Who will say - “We shall not be removed” from Europe!

Who will say – “We shall not be removed” from Europe!

There is no political mandate to change the status of Northern Ireland by taking it out of the EU. So where are the calls for peaceful democratic resistance to defeat this ‘monstrous conspiracy?’ Exiting will take with it rights and…

Sweden-Norway border no model for Ireland

Sweden-Norway border no model for Ireland

Brexiteers and others who wish to play down the difficulties British withdrawal from the EU is going to cause like to point to best practice on the Swedish-Norwegian border. Specifically, they point to the use of technology including CCTV with…

The 2018 Brexit business challenge

Enterprise Ireland continues to warn that Brexit means 2018 is going to be a challenging year for Irish companies.  It is also echoing research from IntertradeIreland that even yet many companies have not got plans in place to mitigate potential…

Irish beef exporters voice concerns

Irish beef exporters voice concerns

For every ten cattle produced in Ireland we can only eat one. A simple fact that means we must export the rest. No wonder then there is increasing anxiety among Irish beef exporters about the potential impact Brexit will have…

A showdown of historic proportions

A showdown of historic proportions

For a background on Ireland’s recent upping of the ante on Brexit then Tony Connelly’s comment piece on RTE is a must read. In it he outlines how and why Ireland upped the ante – a combination of emerging consensus…