Source: The Irish development aid perspective

Source: The Irish development aid perspective

Brexit is increasingly like a great tsunami sending out powerful waves that eventually wash up on some distant, unexpected shore or inlet. Its impact on Irish development aid and humanitarian organisations was probably not immediately obvious to most of us…

Brexit cost food exporters €570 million in 2016

Brexit cost food exporters €570 million in 2016

The first bill for Brexit is in and it is huge. A Bord Bia Export Review and Prospects Report to be issued later today will show that sterling currency movements in the wake of the June referendum vote cost Irish…

A Worsening Hangover in 2017

A Worsening Hangover in 2017

Brexit Border Blog wishes all our readers and all the people of these islands a Happy New Year. We wish and that is all we can do. The problem is that it will bring a guaranteed hangover with no sign…

SCOTLAND TO PUBLISH SINGLE MARKET PLAN

SCOTLAND TO PUBLISH SINGLE MARKET PLAN

Reuters reports that the Scottish government will publish its plan to remain in the single market this week. “In line with our commitments to explore all options to protect Scotland’s interests, we will set out compromise proposals which, while not…

"Is there a sense you may be hit by our decision more than we are?"

“Is there a sense you may be hit by our decision more than we are?”

This Blog has urged more informed debate and facts around the issues emerging from Brexit. Two days of evidence gathering by the Lords European Union Select Committee has demonstrated the extent to which there are more questions than answers. Day…

Source: Brexit, Northern Ireland and Ireland

Source: Brexit, Northern Ireland and Ireland

  A 26-page joint study published by the universities of Durham and Newcastle which runs through issues of travel, citizenship and trade  in a readable style. It was published in June 2016, presumably before the referendum judging by the opening…

"Brexit is not something which is happening in two years, it is happening now"

“Brexit is not something which is happening in two years, it is happening now”

This time last year the BBC was reporting that Northern Irish shoppers were heading South for bargains. Like the seasons themselves the border regions have become accustomed to currency fluctuations – sometimes benefiting the South and sometimes the North.  This time…

The hard facts of dairy

The hard facts of dairy

In a recent article in the Irish Independent Brendan Keenan noted: “Almost 600 million litres of raw milk crossed the border from the North last year. Imports of drinking milk were valued at €175 million.” All sorts of fantasy deals…

Source: ESRI and Dept of Finance

Source: ESRI and Dept of Finance

The Department of Finance in Dublin commissioned this 12-page paper from the Economic and Social Research Institute. It includes the most substantial economic modelling to date of the likely Brexit impact on the Irish economy.   Their outlook is stark:…

Source: NI Assembly briefing note

Source: NI Assembly briefing note

This 15-page paper published in March 2015 which now seems such a long time ago – there are presumptions about UK political continuity which are definitely dated. It rehearsed all the prevailing arguments for and against, coming down for a…