OECD: UK economy will slow this year and next

OECD: UK economy will slow this year and next

The UK economy will slow in 2017 and 2018 primarily due to uncertainty about the outcome of Brexit talks, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development ( OECD) in its June Global Economic Outlook. The OECD assessment is…

WTO tariffs not automatic fallback for no-deal UK

WTO tariffs not automatic fallback for no-deal UK

Throughout the Brexit debate it has been widely accepted that if the UK cannot agree a final deal with the EU by the 2019 deadline, it will have to revert to World Trade Organisation tariffs. However, that is not the…

BMA highlights Brexit risk to cross-border health care

The British Medical Association has expressed concern that vital cross-border cooperation in health care could  be put at risk by hard border controls. The BMA’s Northern Ireland council chair, Dr John Woods said Northern Ireland is too small a health…

UK-EU talks: What can possibly go wrong?

UK-EU talks: What can possibly go wrong?

The late Mario Cuomo, governor of New York, coined the phrase that you campaign in poetry and govern in prose. In a week’s time the electoral poetry will be all over and the professionals will sit down to the prosaic…

IIEA’s practical guide to the Brexit process

In the immediate aftermath of the British referendum last year a great deal of media attention was paid to the formal Brexit process and timeline. Since that process was formally launched with the triggering of Article 50 at the end…

ICBAN seeks rural communities views on Brexit

ICBAN seeks rural communities views on Brexit

ICBAN – the cross border organisation is teaming up with Queen’s University to conduct a research project on Brexit and the Central Border region.  The results of the project  will be compiled in a project report that will be shared with…

Ryanair may stop flights to and from UK by 2019

Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary has warned that the airline may have to stop flying to and from the UK from the end of 2018 unless a new post-Brexit aviation deal is agreed with the EU. If Britain leaves the EU without…

6000 lorries from north cross the border every day

Irish customs authorities are planning to inspect 6-8% of the more than 6000 HGVs which cross from Northern Ireland into the Republic per day. Giving evidence to the Oireachtas Finance Committee, Seamus Leheny of the NI Freight Transport Association, described…

EU firms replacing UK supply chain links

Almost half of EU businesses working with British suppliers are already seeking replacement suppliers in other EU countries, according to a survey by by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Almost two thirds of UK businesses said they have seen their…

IMF: Brexit is most pressing challenge for Ireland

IMF: Brexit is most pressing challenge for Ireland

The International Monetary Fund reckons “Brexit represents the most pressing and far-reaching challenge for Ireland.” In the Concluding Statement of an official mission visit, it noted that while the impact to date has been modest, the overall effects over the…