Beef still locked into UK market

Half a century ago in the cattle marts of the Republic’s border counties, beef animals were usually driven into the sale ring ten at a time. Often some wise old head would say: “Of course, we can only eat one…

New British-Irish trading service to help cope with Brexit

A new service to help Irish and UK companies to do more business has been launched by the British Irish Chamber of Commerce (BICC). ‘BIG: The British Irish Gateway for Trade’ will link members of chambers of commerce and trade groups….

Increasingly bitter British  Brexit debate

New levels of bitterness in the British public debate can be quite simply astounding. This year’s crop of New Year scenarios has been particularly negative and the assessment from the Institute for Public Policy Research might seem to many like…

New Brexiteer job claims lashed by TUC blog

Britain can create 400,000 jobs if it leaves the EU customs union and concludes trade deals with just eight countries, according to the Change Britain think tank which is backed by former minister Michael Gove. In fact, it claims a…

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…

The Bruegel organisation is a Brussels-based economic think tank with a rather useful blog which summarises its output of lengthy analysis reports. Its latest report issued just before Christmas – “The impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland: A first look”…

The Leave campaign may well have significant success in curbing immigration from the EU in one specific area. About 15 per cent of all academic staff at UK universities are from other EU countries, according to a joint statement from…

Source: British Brexit landscape six months on

“The articulation of little more than a series of unrelated and mutually conflicting aspirations cannot hide the absence of a game-plan.” This withering summation of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit achievements to date is typical of the brisk style of…

Flanagan criticises UK for wasting six months

Just before Christmas, exactly six months since the Brexit vote, Dublin’s diplomatic patience finally snapped. “The mixed messaging from the UK is a matter of concern,” Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan told the Irish Times. ““I want to see a plan….

Sturgeon pitches for Scottish place in EEA

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon went to great lengths to separate Brexit issues from the little question of independence  when she launched “Scotland’s Place In Europe”. The first political message was that this mess is not of Scotland’s making and  it was…