‘There will be a hard border, the only question is where’

Notions of a high-tech unseen border are a pipe dream, promises of a soft border almost worthless. This is the forthright view of Professor James Anderson, a founder-member of the Centre for International Borders Research at Queen’s University Belfast, writing in…

Failure to plan for a 'no deal' will be a serious dereliction of duty.

Failure to plan for a ‘no deal’ will be a serious dereliction of duty.

The government has said no Brexit deal is better than a bad deal. This has provoked Westminster’s Foreign Affairs Committee to explore the implications of a such a ‘no deal’.  Its report spells out why it believes such an eventuality…

Brexit business relocation will be a two-way street

It is expected that the triggering of Article 50 in coming weeks will also set relocation plans in motion as companies seek to secure access to their main markets. The focus is very much on UK financial services which will…

Border analysis - from the Daily Telegraph to Aljazeera.

Border analysis – from the Daily Telegraph to Aljazeera.

This week the issue of the impact of Brexit on the border in Ireland is reaching a wider audience. It was discussed on Aljazeera social media channel “Stream”.  There were political, academic and sectoral contributions underscoring that there was little consideration…

Source: What will the border look like?

Source: What will the border look like?

There is a powerful air of unreality about the political conversations to date about the future of the border. Hard, soft, frictionless, seamless, blah, blah – we would all prefer to crack a couple of jokes and forget about the…

Brexit's impact on the Game of Throne's industry

Brexit’s impact on the Game of Throne’s industry

Creative industries are a hugely important global growth area. It is not all “Game of Thrones” though that has helped focus attention on the industry, particularly in Northern Ireland where government has identified innovation, R&D and creativity as key economic…