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…

London hasn’t a clue.

 Irish government ministers are highly critical of UK ministerial attitudes to Brexit according to a confidential memo seen by the Irish Times. International trade secretary Liam Fox believes that it will be possible for the UK to maintain access to the EU…

John Fitzgeralds’s pyjamas

Economist John Fitzgerald has constructed a Brexit reality check around a pair of pyjamas that he bought in Marks & Spencers in Dublin (Irish Times 4.11.16). The pyjamas were made in Vietnam and once the EU import tariff had been…

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