"We’ll go where our business is, where our customers are"

“We’ll go where our business is, where our customers are”

McAree Engineering was interviewed by Brexit Border Blog on behalf of Intertrade Ireland. The interview was first published on Intertrade Ireland’s website There is an arc of engineering and metal fabrication that curves from south Cavan through north Monaghan to…

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…

Key Intertrade report on cross-border tariffs (3)

Key Intertrade report on cross-border tariffs (3)

POTENTIAL IMPACT OF WTO TARIFFS ON CROSS-BORDER TRADE The Intertrade report seeks to put figures on three possible scenarios: WTO tariffs only WTO tariffs + 0.25% cost of NTBs WTO tariffs + 0.25% NTBs + 10% exchange rate loss. In…

Key Intertrade report on cross-border tariffs (2)

Key Intertrade report on cross-border tariffs (2)

Potential impact of WTO tariffs on cross-border trade South to North trade in goods was valued at €1.65 billion in 2016 (down from €1.73 billion in 2015) and North to South trade was €1.05 billion (down slightly from €1.108 billion…

THE IRISH BORDER QUESTION

THE IRISH BORDER QUESTION

Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has put an untagged coach and horses through the potential for electronic tagging along the border post Brexit saying – it will not work.  His comments come as the border issue dominates in this…

Key Intertrade report on cross-border tariffs (1)

The Brexit debate has been long on rhetoric and posturing, but deplorably short on facts and verifiable research. In Ireland the key publication to date has been Working Paper 550, issued in November 2016 from the Economic and Social Research…

Just not at the meeting

Just not at the meeting

The news today that both the Scottish and Welsh first ministers met in Brussels with the  EU Chief negotiator Michel Barnier helps to underscore Northern Ireland’s  absence and that it does not have a government to reflect its views even…

Barnier blows whistle and CBI appeals for time.

Barnier blows whistle and CBI appeals for time.

BBB has always argued that what we have already in border terms between the North and South of Ireland is about as frictionless as you can get.  Any changes to that arrangement, in the context of Brexit, would only add…

Put simply - "Brexit is a bad thing"

Put simply – “Brexit is a bad thing”

For aviation – new agreements on flights ahead of Brexit. For energy – a French Irish interconnector.  For business – relaxation of rules to allow support post Brexit.  These are just a few of the proposals in the Seanad’s Special…