OECD: UK economy will slow this year and next

OECD: UK economy will slow this year and next

The UK economy will slow in 2017 and 2018 primarily due to uncertainty about the outcome of Brexit talks, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development ( OECD) in its June Global Economic Outlook. The OECD assessment is…

WTO tariffs not automatic fallback for no-deal UK

WTO tariffs not automatic fallback for no-deal UK

Throughout the Brexit debate it has been widely accepted that if the UK cannot agree a final deal with the EU by the 2019 deadline, it will have to revert to World Trade Organisation tariffs. However, that is not the…

BMA highlights Brexit risk to cross-border health care

The British Medical Association has expressed concern that vital cross-border cooperation in health care could  be put at risk by hard border controls. The BMA’s Northern Ireland council chair, Dr John Woods said Northern Ireland is too small a health…

UK-EU talks: What can possibly go wrong?

UK-EU talks: What can possibly go wrong?

The late Mario Cuomo, governor of New York, coined the phrase that you campaign in poetry and govern in prose. In a week’s time the electoral poetry will be all over and the professionals will sit down to the prosaic…

IIEA’s practical guide to the Brexit process

In the immediate aftermath of the British referendum last year a great deal of media attention was paid to the formal Brexit process and timeline. Since that process was formally launched with the triggering of Article 50 at the end…

ICBAN seeks rural communities views on Brexit

ICBAN seeks rural communities views on Brexit

ICBAN – the cross border organisation is teaming up with Queen’s University to conduct a research project on Brexit and the Central Border region.  The results of the project  will be compiled in a project report that will be shared with…

Ryanair may stop flights to and from UK by 2019

Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary has warned that the airline may have to stop flying to and from the UK from the end of 2018 unless a new post-Brexit aviation deal is agreed with the EU. If Britain leaves the EU without…

Nostalgia just ain't what it used to be

Nostalgia just ain’t what it used to be

This LSE analysis by Davd Richards and Martin Smyth entitled “Things were better in the past: Brexit and the Westminster fallacy of democratic nostalgia” points to the apparent contradiction between the view that Brexit emerged from a populist bottom up revolt…

The German thinking behind making Britain pay

The German thinking behind making Britain pay

The recent RedC poll we reported on reflected a view across nine European countries that the interests of the remaining 27 EU countries must come first ahead of any special arrangement with the UK.  This piece in the New Statesman by…

Reality is biting

Reality is biting

There was a sense in the UK both before and after the Brexit vote that the 27 remaining EU countries would value the UK’s market sufficient for them to prioritise a new economic relationship in negotiations.  In practical terms that…