Lines are now drawn.

Here is the full text of the European Parliament withdrawal agreement and already it is clear that it will produce a defining point in these negotiations opening as it does the prospect of Northern Ireland remaining within the customs union and single…

Who will say - “We shall not be removed” from Europe!

Who will say – “We shall not be removed” from Europe!

There is no political mandate to change the status of Northern Ireland by taking it out of the EU. So where are the calls for peaceful democratic resistance to defeat this ‘monstrous conspiracy?’ Exiting will take with it rights and…

Sweden-Norway border no model for Ireland

Sweden-Norway border no model for Ireland

Brexiteers and others who wish to play down the difficulties British withdrawal from the EU is going to cause like to point to best practice on the Swedish-Norwegian border. Specifically, they point to the use of technology including CCTV with…

The 2018 Brexit business challenge

Enterprise Ireland continues to warn that Brexit means 2018 is going to be a challenging year for Irish companies.  It is also echoing research from IntertradeIreland that even yet many companies have not got plans in place to mitigate potential…

For the record: Phase II negotiating guidelines

For the record: Phase II negotiating guidelines

Following the David Davis ‘statement of intent’ interview, the EU is clearly intent on getting the terms of the Phase I agreement tied down before moving on. In its guidelines for Phase II talks the European Council has specified that…

Brexit apart, the Irish economy is doing grand

Brexit apart, the Irish economy is doing grand

It was a long time coming but the Irish economy is now firing on all cylinders, according to the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in its quarterly economic forecast. “The Irish economy looks set to experience another year of…

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…