A stay of execution is always welcome

A stay of execution is always welcome

Dr Samuel Johnson, he who was not overly impressed by the Giant’s Causeway, said that the prospect of hanging concentrates the mind wonderfully. We who grapple with the looming disaster that is Brexit know exactly what he meant. So the…

"Politically crass and scientifically meritless" - Ouch!

“Politically crass and scientifically meritless” – Ouch!

With a title – “How the UK and EU can resolve the Irish border issue after Brexit” – you would think that the Legatum Institute had it all sorted.   Not according to Queen’s University’s Dr Katy Hayward and Research…

HMRC - adding it up.

HMRC – adding it up.

The head of the HMRC has given his estimation to the Treasury Select Committee  of the cost of border and tax checks post Brexit. Between five and eight hundred million pounds with the need for about 5000 additional staff. Although…

Revenue Commissioners on how they see Brexit working out.

Revenue Commissioners on how they see Brexit working out.

Brexit Border has been given a briefing from the Revenue Commissioners outlining how they see some of the issues emerging from Brexit working out. According to a senior Revenue official a UK exit from the EU customs union will raise…

“How do you quantify what you might be missing out on?”

“How do you quantify what you might be missing out on?”

Intelsens was interviewed by Brexit Border Blog on behalf of Intertrade Ireland. The interview was first published on Intertrade Ireland’s website. One look at the front page of the website of Intelesens underscores the collaborative nature of this pioneering health manufacturer….

Replacing a customs union with ..... a customs union.

Replacing a customs union with ….. a customs union.

The government has published the first of its policy papers on Brexit with two proposals: (i) A highly streamlined customs arrangement between the UK and the EU.  That’s essentially an elongated transition period during which it wants to negotiate trade…

A tale - less a few cities

A tale – less a few cities

Soft Brexit or hard Brexit its all bad news for cities across the UK in a new report by the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) and Centre for Cities, which examines for the first time the potential impact of both…

Down to the crunch on land/sea border issue

Down to the crunch on land/sea border issue

The Times of London is reporting that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is no longer looking for special deals on the land border but rather wants the EU external border with the EU to be in the middle of the Irish Sea….

All quiet at the talks, so far

All quiet at the talks, so far

According to the Daily Express the EU is at war with itself: “Brussels cracks as Brexit and member states tear apart united front”. The sub-editing desk seems to have as poor a grasp on syntax (‘apart’ should be at the…

GM foods and bullocks on steroids at a frictionless border

GM foods and bullocks on steroids at a frictionless border

Today in this Republic, we regularly find ourselves in the slightly uncomfortable position that, in relation to Brexit, the best interests of this country and indeed of common sense are often served by the unelected House of Lords. In the…