Brexit trade deal could take 10 years

Somebody finally said it – in fact it was the UK ambassador to the EU.  According to the BBC’s Laura Kuensberg, Sir Ivan Rogers has warned Cabinet ministers that the European consensus was that a deal might not be done until…

Taoiseach rules out bilateral – or does he?

RTE is reporting that Taoiseach Enda Kenny ruled out the sort of bilateral deal with the UK suggested in the House of Lords report earlier this week. What he actually said was: “Obviously a bilateral deal is not available in…

New partnership to provide tariff data (2)

New partnership to provide tariff data (2)

The ability to drill down to product level is particularly important given the clustering of cross-border trade in the food, drink and tobacco category. AS the pie chart shows it accounts for a bit over half of all goods that…

New partnership to provide tariff data (1)

New partnership to provide tariff data (1)

Cross-border body Intertrade Ireland, think-tank ESRI (Economic and Social Research Institute) and the Central Statistics Office are joining forces to provide businesses with product-specific information on the WTO tariffs which will apply if the UK leaves the single market and…

Source: The real numbers from the Institute for Fiscal Studies

BBB doesn’t usually bother with studies produced before the referendum because we live in a different world now, but we are prepared to  make an exception for the Institute for Fiscal Studies. “Brexit and the UK’s Public Finances” is an…

Source: Enterprise Ireland's revised export guide

Source: Enterprise Ireland’s revised export guide

This 36-page revised exporters’ guide issued by Enterprise Ireland in July 2016 was an exercise in reassurance – nothing will change on the short term, the new relationship with the UK won’t emerge for some years so meantime it is…

Source: Lords propose major initiative on Ireland

Source: Lords propose major initiative on Ireland

At times it seems that politicians in these islands are still in working their way through the five stages of post-referendum grief, with most trapped somewhere between depression and acceptance. Some surprising agencies and institutions have stepped tentatively into the leadership…

Dublin case may end-run Supreme Court action

Dublin case may end-run Supreme Court action

It is deeply ironic that after a referendum debate which was fought and won with the crudest of simplistic arguments, discussion has now moved to the Supreme Court in London where every spoken word and phrase is weighed and studied…

Brexit and the Energy Trilemma

Brexit and the Energy Trilemma

Markets, particularly energy markets, need security.  Indeed its one of the three legs of the energy trilemma affecting Ireland.  The other two are competitiveness and sustainability. The Institute of International and European affairs has published a considered piece on post…

Source: Brexit in numbers

Source: Brexit in numbers

  The Central Statistical Office has lived up to its promise to produce new tools for analysing Brexit impact. “Brexit: Ireland and the UK in numbers” is not exactly bedtime reading but it is exactly the sort of publication that…