Who will say - “We shall not be removed” from Europe!

Who will say – “We shall not be removed” from Europe!

There is no political mandate to change the status of Northern Ireland by taking it out of the EU. So where are the calls for peaceful democratic resistance to defeat this ‘monstrous conspiracy?’ Exiting will take with it rights and…

Dublin Port prepares for Brexit customs checks

Dublin Port prepares for Brexit customs checks

Dublin Port said it can wait no longer on political solutions to Brexit and is applying for planning permission for new customs sheds and freight inspection points on its 250-hectare site. The port currently handles 1.3 million Ro-Ro  and container…

Deal or no deal? Barnier slices through the fudge

Deal or no deal? Barnier slices through the fudge

In early December it was all sweetness and light: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said “we have the assurances and guarantees we need from the UK on the Irish issues” and they amounted to a “cast-iron guarantee” that there would be no…

The 2018 Brexit business challenge

Enterprise Ireland continues to warn that Brexit means 2018 is going to be a challenging year for Irish companies.  It is also echoing research from IntertradeIreland that even yet many companies have not got plans in place to mitigate potential…

Irish beef exporters voice concerns

Irish beef exporters voice concerns

For every ten cattle produced in Ireland we can only eat one. A simple fact that means we must export the rest. No wonder then there is increasing anxiety among Irish beef exporters about the potential impact Brexit will have…

Bespoke or off-the-shelf: UK options for a trade deal

EU negotiators are holding fast to the principle that the UK cannot get a trade deal that is better than membership, that it cannot cherry-pick its own mix of rights and responsibilities. It can have full market access like Norway,…

For the record: Phase II negotiating guidelines

For the record: Phase II negotiating guidelines

Following the David Davis ‘statement of intent’ interview, the EU is clearly intent on getting the terms of the Phase I agreement tied down before moving on. In its guidelines for Phase II talks the European Council has specified that…

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…