Brexit will hit you in the shopping trolley

South of the border where there is a strong consensus that Brexit is a bad idea inflicted upon us, the debate is primarily economic. In the north and Britain the debate is more emotional and extremely ideological, and many participants…

Time not certainty

Here is the text of the agreement between the EU and UK  following the St Patrick’s weekend negotiations.  On Ireland, the UK confirmed it would accept the “backstop” solution of aligning with EU regulations to prevent a hard border with the…

“I warned before the Brexit vote that it would damage scientific research in Britain, that a vote to leave would be a step backward, and the electorate, or at least a sufficiently significant proportion of it, took no more notice…

UK will continue to face a united EU27 in talks

In the months after the referendum, there were constant stories in the British media about the EU falling apart as member countries took opposing sides on various aspects of Brexit. Even now,  the Daily Express runs at least one headline…

The EU27 will not agree to move on to negotiate a transition or a trade deal unless the UK signs up to an Irish border solution on the lines of the ‘backstop’ option agreed in December, the Guardian reports. UK…

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…