As it stands a border cannot be avoided.

As it stands a border cannot be avoided.

In the Brexit debate it is not just what it is being said but also who says it that is important. So if, just days ahead of the decision to move to the next phase of talks, the Irish or…

Don't follow the money, watch the border

Don’t follow the money, watch the border

The deal the British government is now prepared to do on its EU divorce bill could go as high as €45 billion (Financial Times), €50 billion (BBC) or €65 billion (Guardian). The confusion arises because the reports emerging from both…

Digging for Victory or digging a hole?

Digging for Victory or digging a hole?

The Brexiteers counterbalance to exiting Europe is the prospect of greater global trade but the Centre for European Reform in this report Dig for Victory on the Wonk.Eu, or here on CER’s own site, says” that a trade deal with the…

"Bordering on Brexit - voice of border communities.

“Bordering on Brexit – voice of border communities.

The Irish Central Area Border Network (ICBAN)  has just published a study , conducted by Queens University’s Katy Hayward, on the views of Border Communities on Brexit.  The region it says is at risk of being the most deeply affected adding…

Brexit could destabilise CAP and other EU programmes

Brexit could destabilise CAP and other EU programmes

The UK exit from the EU will leave holes in the Union budget which are unlikely to be filled without significant changes, according to research carried out for the EU AGRI Committee. “Possible impact of Brexit on the EU budget…

Supply chains the fourth Brexit whammy

Supply chains the fourth Brexit whammy

As nonsense and whimsical wishful thinking about soft borders recede, our appetite for hard, fact-based economic scenarios increases. To date, we have had just two systematic quantitative analyses of the impact of a crash-out Brexit on Ireland: Working Paper 550…

OECD: Brexit will wipe £40 billion off British growth

OECD: Brexit will wipe £40 billion off British growth

The “no-deal” Brexit that is now on the cards would wipe up to £40 billion off UK economic growth by 2019, according to the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD). In its September economic forecast summary it said the threat of…

"Find a new home for a billion litres of milk"

“Find a new home for a billion litres of milk”

BBB was established a year ago in large measure because we were so critical of the quality of media analysis and commentary on the issue. An honourable exception from day one was Tony Connelly, RTE Europe Editor. Now he has…

Customs White Paper faces both ways

Customs White Paper faces both ways

There is by now a well-established procedure in the Brexit debate that involves you or me  or Michel Barnier asking the British government what they intend to do about this or that and getting a reply on the lines of:…