OECD: Brexit will wipe £40 billion off British growth

OECD: Brexit will wipe £40 billion off British growth

The “no-deal” Brexit that is now on the cards would wipe up to £40 billion off UK economic growth by 2019, according to the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD). In its September economic forecast summary it said the threat of…

"Find a new home for a billion litres of milk"

“Find a new home for a billion litres of milk”

BBB was established a year ago in large measure because we were so critical of the quality of media analysis and commentary on the issue. An honourable exception from day one was Tony Connelly, RTE Europe Editor. Now he has…

Customs White Paper faces both ways

Customs White Paper faces both ways

There is by now a well-established procedure in the Brexit debate that involves you or me  or Michel Barnier asking the British government what they intend to do about this or that and getting a reply on the lines of:…

A stay of execution is always welcome

A stay of execution is always welcome

Dr Samuel Johnson, he who was not overly impressed by the Giant’s Causeway, said that the prospect of hanging concentrates the mind wonderfully. We who grapple with the looming disaster that is Brexit know exactly what he meant. So the…

“How do you quantify what you might be missing out on?”

“How do you quantify what you might be missing out on?”

Intelsens was interviewed by Brexit Border Blog on behalf of Intertrade Ireland. The interview was first published on Intertrade Ireland’s website. One look at the front page of the website of Intelesens underscores the collaborative nature of this pioneering health manufacturer….

"We will pass the cost of tariffs along to the end-users”

“We will pass the cost of tariffs along to the end-users”

Univet was interviewed by Brexit Border Blog on behalf of Intertrade Ireland. The interview was first published on Intertrade Ireland’s website. Univet employs 64 people at its single manufacturing plant in Co Cavan, making veterinary pharmaceuticals for cattle, sheep and pigs….

"We’ll go where our business is, where our customers are"

“We’ll go where our business is, where our customers are”

McAree Engineering was interviewed by Brexit Border Blog on behalf of Intertrade Ireland. The interview was first published on Intertrade Ireland’s website There is an arc of engineering and metal fabrication that curves from south Cavan through north Monaghan to…

Keep your eye on the ball in Brussels

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has made a sensible and genuinely useful contribution to the necessary political debate on the impact of Brexit on the island of Ireland. To say that Ireland should not and would not help design a border to…

Taoiseach signals end of phoney war on border

Taoiseach signals end of phoney war on border

The most interesting thing about Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s Brexit outburst on Friday was how long it has taken someeone, anyone, from the Irish government to tell it like it most certainly is. After 14 months of diplomatic cliches (“we agreed…

Down to the crunch on land/sea border issue

Down to the crunch on land/sea border issue

The Times of London is reporting that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is no longer looking for special deals on the land border but rather wants the EU external border with the EU to be in the middle of the Irish Sea….