The 105 million crossing question

The 105 million crossing question

Technology is favoured by those backing Brexit as an answer to the border question but one piece of recent research has technology scoping out the scale of the problem.  Its a Department of the Economy publication on cross border movement and…

Border residents more informed but not reassured over hard border

Border residents more informed but not reassured over hard border

The cross border organisation ICBAN and Queen’s University have published a new study on border residents views on the impact of Brexit.  Brexit at the Border finds that generally people are more informed about the issues, partly because it is…

300 million to none?

300 million to none?

A number of thoughts occur following the recent announcement by the Irish Government of a 300 million euro Brexit loan scheme for Irish business.  The loans, backed by the European Investment Fund, are for future working capital requirements to fund…

Smart or not?

Smart or not?

Compare the present Irish border with what is outlined in the the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee’s  Smart Border 2.0 report and its clear that a future border arrangement, with or without a political agreement, will be anything but frictionless. Commissioned by…

Time not certainty

Time not certainty

Here is the text of the agreement between the EU and UK  following the St Patrick’s weekend negotiations.  On Ireland, the UK confirmed it would accept the “backstop” solution of aligning with EU regulations to prevent a hard border with the…

Lines are now drawn.

Here is the full text of the European Parliament withdrawal agreement and already it is clear that it will produce a defining point in these negotiations opening as it does the prospect of Northern Ireland remaining within the customs union and single…

Who will say - “We shall not be removed” from Europe!

Who will say – “We shall not be removed” from Europe!

There is no political mandate to change the status of Northern Ireland by taking it out of the EU. So where are the calls for peaceful democratic resistance to defeat this ‘monstrous conspiracy?’ Exiting will take with it rights and…

"Bordering on Brexit - voice of border communities.

“Bordering on Brexit – voice of border communities.

The Irish Central Area Border Network (ICBAN)  has just published a study , conducted by Queens University’s Katy Hayward, on the views of Border Communities on Brexit.  The region it says is at risk of being the most deeply affected adding…

It is Ireland that will suffer most in a Brexit no deal

It is Ireland that will suffer most in a Brexit no deal

Whether it is hard ball or reality the potential of a no deal has entered the conversation.  The former governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus in this piece for “The Conversation” reflects on the potential outcome of a no…