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…

Hard decisions ahead for freight industry

The prospect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal has massive implications for the road and maritime freight industry in Ireland. A report from the Department of Transport sets out the dependence of the industry on UK routes….

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)

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

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…

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…

There was much absent in the pre-Brexit debate which has emerged since. One such issue is food. We’ve been more aware of tariff and non-tariff issues, costs and jobs, given the extent to  which food is traded within the island…

The Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation (IBEC) has  pulled all its policy positions on Brexit together in a snappy set of 12 information cards called “Brexit: Challenges with Solutions“. Speaking at the introduction in Brussels last week, IBEC CEO Danny…

Farage fears a Brexit in "name only."

You’ll recall Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and colleagues quickly exiting stage left after the referendum result just over a  year ago.  The Brexiteers didn’t believe they would win and when they did their – nothing to do with us guv…

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…