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…

Will we need food patrols on the border?

Will we need food patrols on the border?

The debate on the border has focused on how Northern Ireland might be kept in ‘the’ or at least ‘a’ customs union with the EU. This still leaves the question of how the agri-food industry north and south would have…

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…

Brexit will have structural impact on Irish economy

Brexit will have structural impact on Irish economy

The Brexit debate has focused largely on the threats to goods exports and particularly to agri-food if we end up trading with the UK on the basis of World Trade Organisation tariffs. But as noted in a recent article, we…

Brexit will hit you in the shopping trolley

Brexit will hit you in the shopping trolley

South of the border where there is a strong consensus that Brexit is a bad idea inflicted upon us, the debate is primarily economic. In the north and Britain the debate is more emotional and extremely ideological, and many participants…

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…

Stephen Hawking

“I warned before the Brexit vote that it would damage scientific research in Britain, that a vote to leave would be a step backward, and the electorate, or at least a sufficiently significant proportion of it, took no more notice…

UK will continue to face a united EU27 in talks

UK will continue to face a united EU27 in talks

In the months after the referendum, there were constant stories in the British media about the EU falling apart as member countries took opposing sides on various aspects of Brexit. Even now,  the Daily Express runs at least one headline…

Print and stick on your fridge

Print and stick on your fridge

Last week Queen’s University’s Katy Hayward  distilled in four slides what border controls would mean for different types of border with the EU after Brexit.  She invited comment and has now updated them.  We recommend you  print them off  and stick…

Border will be soft on the  outside, crunchy on the inside

Border will be soft on the outside, crunchy on the inside

We all enjoy taking the mickey out of Boris Johnson, but it’s not really his fault – he is the expensively educated product of an insular culture which knows absolutely nothing about borders or how they work. Immediately after the…