Dublin Port prepares for Brexit customs checks

Dublin Port prepares for Brexit customs checks

Dublin Port said it can wait no longer on political solutions to Brexit and is applying for planning permission for new customs sheds and freight inspection points on its 250-hectare site. The port currently handles 1.3 million Ro-Ro  and container…

Deal or no deal? Barnier slices through the fudge

Deal or no deal? Barnier slices through the fudge

In early December it was all sweetness and light: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said “we have the assurances and guarantees we need from the UK on the Irish issues” and they amounted to a “cast-iron guarantee” that there would be no…

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 Brexit reality gulf widens

UK Brexit secretary David Davis and Chancellor Philip Hammond are on a charm offensive in Germany trying to convince German business that they have a vital interest in Britain getting a bespoke deal with the EU. In a guest article in…

Bespoke or off-the-shelf: UK options for a trade deal

EU negotiators are holding fast to the principle that the UK cannot get a trade deal that is better than membership, that it cannot cherry-pick its own mix of rights and responsibilities. It can have full market access like Norway,…

For the record: Phase II negotiating guidelines

For the record: Phase II negotiating guidelines

Following the David Davis ‘statement of intent’ interview, the EU is clearly intent on getting the terms of the Phase I agreement tied down before moving on. In its guidelines for Phase II talks the European Council has specified that…

“Time to get off Brexit Fantasy Island”

The end of Phase I talks brought the rather devastating disclosure that until this week, the British Cabinet had never actually discussed what the UK wants out of Brexit. In an editorial on Prime Minister Theresa May’s report to the…

Brexit apart, the Irish economy is doing grand

Brexit apart, the Irish economy is doing grand

It was a long time coming but the Irish economy is now firing on all cylinders, according to the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in its quarterly economic forecast. “The Irish economy looks set to experience another year of…

The Brexit Border Deal – key paragraphs

JOINT REPORT FROM THE NEGOTIATORS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE UNITED KINGDOM GOVERNMENT ON PROGRESS DURING PHASE 1 OF NEGOTIATIONS UNDER ARTICLE 50 TEU ON THE UNITED KINGDOM’S ORDERLY WITHDRAWAL FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION (Our highlighting of key phrases…

Don't follow the money, watch the border

Don’t follow the money, watch the border

The deal the British government is now prepared to do on its EU divorce bill could go as high as €45 billion (Financial Times), €50 billion (BBC) or €65 billion (Guardian). The confusion arises because the reports emerging from both…