All quiet at the talks, so far

All quiet at the talks, so far

According to the Daily Express the EU is at war with itself: “Brussels cracks as Brexit and member states tear apart united front”. The sub-editing desk seems to have as poor a grasp on syntax (‘apart’ should be at the…

GM foods and bullocks on steroids at a frictionless border

GM foods and bullocks on steroids at a frictionless border

Today in this Republic, we regularly find ourselves in the slightly uncomfortable position that, in relation to Brexit, the best interests of this country and indeed of common sense are often served by the unelected House of Lords. In the…

Hard decisions ahead for freight industry

Hard decisions ahead for freight industry

The prospect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal has massive implications for the road and maritime freight industry in Ireland. A report from the Department of Transport sets out the dependence of the industry on UK routes….

Key Intertrade report on cross-border tariffs (3)

Key Intertrade report on cross-border tariffs (3)

POTENTIAL IMPACT OF WTO TARIFFS ON CROSS-BORDER TRADE The Intertrade report seeks to put figures on three possible scenarios: WTO tariffs only WTO tariffs + 0.25% cost of NTBs WTO tariffs + 0.25% NTBs + 10% exchange rate loss. In…

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…