Key Intertrade report on cross-border tariffs (2)

Key Intertrade report on cross-border tariffs (2)

Potential impact of WTO tariffs on cross-border trade South to North trade in goods was valued at €1.65 billion in 2016 (down from €1.73 billion in 2015) and North to South trade was €1.05 billion (down slightly from €1.108 billion…

Key Intertrade report on cross-border tariffs (1)

The Brexit debate has been long on rhetoric and posturing, but deplorably short on facts and verifiable research. In Ireland the key publication to date has been Working Paper 550, issued in November 2016 from the Economic and Social Research…

IBEC sets out its Brexit stall

The Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation (IBEC) has  pulled all its policy positions on Brexit together in a snappy set of 12 information cards called “Brexit: Challenges with Solutions“. Speaking at the introduction in Brussels last week, IBEC CEO Danny…

‘Blind eye to porous EU border in Ulster’

Former MEP Andrew Duff has proved to be an insightful Brexit commentator. Writing for the Centre for European Policy, he frequently challenges the conventional view and turns out to be right.  He now thinks that the citizenship issue will reach…

Irish Times: "Frictionless border is a fallacy"

Irish Times: “Frictionless border is a fallacy”

In a hard-hitting opinion piece, Irish Times Economic Editor Cliff Taylor attacks the notion that there can be a ‘frictionless border’ if the UK pulls out of the customs union. “It really is time to nail the fallacy of the…

Brexit threat to European anti-terror cooperation

Brexit threat to European anti-terror cooperation

Ahead of the London Bridge terrorist attack, Italian authorities had warned their British counterparts about one of the perpetrators, Italian citizen Youssef Zaghba. He was listed on the Schengen Information System (SIS), an EU-wide law enforcement database, after he was…

Update of impact on sectors of Irish economy

Update of impact on sectors of Irish economy

While we discuss Brexit in sweeping generalities, economists and researchers must put numbers on things. The latest update from IGEES (Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service) within  the Department of Finance consists mainly of diagrammatic illustration of the likely impact…

ESRI (2) Energy and climate policies need Brexit-proofing

Ireland has had an all-island single electricity market (SEM) since 2007, which is part of the wider EU Internal Market for Electricity, as is the electricity market in Britain. According to the Economic and Social Research Institute in a new…

ESRI (1): Brexit could take €600 million out of budget

ESRI (1): Brexit could take €600 million out of budget

    The Economic and Social Research Institute reckons a hard Brexit could leave a €600 millon hole in the government’s budget over the next three years. In its latest Quarterly Economic Commentary, it writes: “The need for caution on…