CSO puts dedicated Brexit page on website

The Central Statistics Office has added a dedicated page of Brexit indicators to its website. This is a follow-on to its 52-page report Brexit: Ireland and the UK in numbers which BBB covered when it was launched in December 2016. The…

Brexit could destabilise CAP and other EU programmes

The UK exit from the EU will leave holes in the Union budget which are unlikely to be filled without significant changes, according to research carried out for the EU AGRI Committee. “Possible impact of Brexit on the EU budget…

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…

OECD: Brexit will wipe £40 billion off British growth

The “no-deal” Brexit that is now on the cards would wipe up to £40 billion off UK economic growth by 2019, according to the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD). In its September economic forecast summary it said the threat of…

"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

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

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:…

A stay of execution is always welcome

Dr Samuel Johnson, he who was not overly impressed by the Giant’s Causeway, said that the prospect of hanging concentrates the mind wonderfully. We who grapple with the looming disaster that is Brexit know exactly what he meant. So the…

"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…

HMRC - adding it up.

The head of the HMRC has given his estimation to the Treasury Select Committee  of the cost of border and tax checks post Brexit. Between five and eight hundred million pounds with the need for about 5000 additional staff. Although…