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…

A showdown of historic proportions

A showdown of historic proportions

For a background on Ireland’s recent upping of the ante on Brexit then Tony Connelly’s comment piece on RTE is a must read. In it he outlines how and why Ireland upped the ante – a combination of emerging consensus…

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…

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…

"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…

It is Ireland that will suffer most in a Brexit no deal

It is Ireland that will suffer most in a Brexit no deal

Whether it is hard ball or reality the potential of a no deal has entered the conversation.  The former governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus in this piece for “The Conversation” reflects on the potential outcome of a no…

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:…

"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…