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…

Digging for Victory or digging a hole?

Digging for Victory or digging a hole?

The Brexiteers counterbalance to exiting Europe is the prospect of greater global trade but the Centre for European Reform in this report Dig for Victory on the Wonk.Eu, or here on CER’s own site, says” that a trade deal with the…

Supply chains the fourth Brexit whammy

Supply chains the fourth Brexit whammy

As nonsense and whimsical wishful thinking about soft borders recede, our appetite for hard, fact-based economic scenarios increases. To date, we have had just two systematic quantitative analyses of the impact of a crash-out Brexit on Ireland: Working Paper 550…

It is Ireland that will suffer most in a Brexit no deal

It is Ireland that will suffer most in a Brexit no deal

Whether it is hard ball or reality the potential of a no deal has entered the conversation.  The former governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus in this piece for “The Conversation” reflects on the potential outcome of a no…