Source: Unions opposed Brexit

Source: Unions opposed Brexit

This 10-page statement of the position of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions was published in March 2016. Its analysis depends heavily on the NERI (Nevin Economic Research Institute) report published about the same time.

Source: The Economist on Ireland

A rather gloomy assessment published in October 2016, but it has a rather good quote from Fergal O’Brien of the Irish Business and Employers’ Federation (IBEC):  “When your partner shoots itself in the foot, you’re bound to suffer too.”

Source: Budget responses

Source: Budget responses

“Getting Ireland Brexit-ready” is an upbeat supplement to Michael Noonan’s 2017 budget which relies heavily on the ESRI modelling of the impact of Brexit on the Irish economy. It is really just a collection of new and existing measures to…

Source: Single market versus customs union

One of the main purposes of this blog is to find simple, clear explanations of issues which partisan commentators prefer to complicate. No publication does this job better than The Economist. This one-page essay on The difference between Europe’s “customs…

Source: Brexit and the CAP

Source: Brexit and the CAP

A 27-page in-depth report from PACT European Affairs, a Brussels-based consultancy, published November 2016. The two lead authors have complementary backgrounds, one within the Commission bureaucracy dealing with CAP, the other outside lobbying on behalf of agri-food organisations. Their main…

Source: Implications for Irish Agri-food

Implications of British exit from the EU for the Irish agri-food sector Author: Alan Matthews Published by Trinity Economics Papers Dublin TEP Working Paper No. 0215, April 2015 21 pages. Useful table of EU Common External Tariffs on agri-food products on…

Brexit voters want hard border

Brexit voters want hard border

Fifty-seven per cent of those who voted for Brexit want passport controls on the Irish border, according to a poll by NatCen Social Research. A majority of UK voters also support continued membership of the Single Market (having your cake)…

Brexit keeps NI shoppers at home

Overall shopper footfall in Northern Ireland was down 5.3% in October compared to a year earlier, according to research by the NI Retail Consortium. This was the weakest result of any UK region and the fact that it was the…

Britain's EU bill just went up

Britain’s EU bill just went up

All political acts have unintended consequences. A year ago the pound sterling was worth €1.40 but last week it was hovering around €1.16. Britain’s 2015 contribution to the EU budget has been calculated on the high exchange rate at the…