The Russian plot has rescued Theresa May from the daily Brexit grind for a little while, but the reality checks are piling up on her desk. From where we are standing, absolutely nothing has changed since Theresa May  signed up…

Print and stick on your fridge

Last week Queen’s University’s Katy Hayward  distilled in four slides what border controls would mean for different types of border with the EU after Brexit.  She invited comment and has now updated them.  We recommend you  print them off  and stick…

Border will be soft on the  outside, crunchy on the inside

We all enjoy taking the mickey out of Boris Johnson, but it’s not really his fault – he is the expensively educated product of an insular culture which knows absolutely nothing about borders or how they work. Immediately after the…

The Border Deal - So where are we now?

On 8th December the UK and EU reached enough agreement in the Joint Report to allow EU heads of state to sign off on the first phase of withdrawal negotiations. On the Irish border it was based on three options…

Here is the full text of the European Parliament withdrawal agreement and already it is clear that it will produce a defining point in these negotiations opening as it does the prospect of Northern Ireland remaining within the customs union and single…

Brexit's promise of a packet of crisps

Things are moving towards some sort of crunch as various Brexiteer positions implode under the weight of their own contradictions or fall apart under painful contact with the brick wall of reality. Last week’s Chequers meeting seems like a very…

Jeremy Corbyn rides to the rescue

Met Eireann has a severe weather warning out for Wednesday 28th February. It may in any event be a day we will remember for a long time, perhaps even the day the light was turned on at the end of…

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 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

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…