Required reading.

Required reading.

The British Irish Chamber has helpfully compiled a digest of headlines within the technical notices that the UK government has published  outlining preparations businesses and consumers should take in preparation for a “no deal” outcome in Brexit negotiations. They are…

No Deal? London says Belfast should ask Dublin

No Deal? London says Belfast should ask Dublin

This morning in Newry, Enniskillen and Derry, vans and lorries are being loaded for short delivery runs to Dundalk, Cavan and Letterkenny. Business people with half an eye on television news will be aware that the UK Department for Existing…

Border residents more informed but not reassured over hard border

Border residents more informed but not reassured over hard border

The cross border organisation ICBAN and Queen’s University have published a new study on border residents views on the impact of Brexit.  Brexit at the Border finds that generally people are more informed about the issues, partly because it is…

It's the post-Brexit economy, stupid

It’s the post-Brexit economy, stupid

One can only have the utmost sympathy for EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier as he valiantly tries to nail the latest helpings of Brexit porridge to the hard wall of economic reality. One must have admiration too for his patient,…

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…