Do not get distracted from real issues by UK electioneering

Do not get distracted from real issues by UK electioneering

EDITORIAL: We on the island of Ireland need to keep our eyes firmly fixed on the centre of the stage and ignore the off-stage commotion, raised voices and nasty tones emanating from the UK election. It is very important to…

Customs delays could 'eliminate' border food trade

Customs delays could ‘eliminate’ border food trade

More than six months ago we warned of the lack of hard, practical  information north and south on the potential consequences of Brexit. There were no useful official sources and the standard of media analysis was such that it was…

Source: How to stop Brexit before it is fully accomplished

It really is quite extraordinary that no coherent or effective opposition to Brexit has emerged within the British political system. The general ineptitude of the Corbyn-led Labour Party is less than a sufficient explanation as none of his many critics…

Source: NI problems compounded by Brexit election

Source: NI problems compounded by Brexit election

In the absence of much mention in Britain of possible harsh effects of Brexit on Northern Ireland, credit is due to the European Policy Centre (EPC) for at least trying to provoke a discussion. Compiled by a group of Belfast-based…

Frontline: No new investment in wind in Northern Ireland.

Frontline: No new investment in wind in Northern Ireland.

  Optinergy of Stradone, Co. Cavan specialises in provision of operations and maintenance services to the wind industry in Ireland north and south and across Europe.    It manages and maintains a high number of wind turbines across Northern Ireland which makes up about…

Source: Britons did not vote to make themselves poorer—as Mrs May’s “hard Brexit” will

The Economist Magazine does not pull its punches or  sugar-coat its bitter pills. “The most dangerous of Mrs May’s illusions has been her claim that no deal is better than a bad deal. … To revert to trading with the…

Source: US/UK trade agreement a long way off

Source: US/UK trade agreement a long way off

The campaign to take the UK out of the EU was characterised by rejection of expertise. For the more gungho Brexiteers, leaving and its consequences are still largely impervious to reasoned argument or even simple arithmetic. A case of sorts…

Dairygold getting ready for 16c/litre tariff

Dairygold getting ready for 16c/litre tariff

Brexit is the gravest threat Irish agri-business has ever faced, warns  Dairygold chief executive Jim Woulfe. Dairy, beef and rural industry will face a crisis if there is  a hard Brexit and it will have “gigantic repercussions” for Ireland.  Dairygold is…

Source: Straight talking and business advice from PwC (2)

Source: Straight talking and business advice from PwC (2)

The clear advice from PwC is that you should  make your business plan on the basis that the UK will be a Third Country trading with the EU on WTO (World Trade Organisation) rules in two years’ time. Make your…

Source: Straight talking and business advice from PwC (1)

Source: Straight talking and business advice from PwC (1)

We spend a lot of time dredging the silt of the Brexit debate looking for the odd nugget of information which might be of practical benefit to business decision-makers. There are quite a few in “The Signal from the Noise“,…