Time was when reports from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) were ignored or even ridiculed in the corridors of power – their bearded former chief economist, John Fitzgerald, was famously described by a former finance minister as a…

Source: Institute for Government Brexit papers

  The Institute for Government Brexit papers deal with issues from a UK legal and constitutional standpoint so they tend to be very good on process: why Parliament will have to be involved in acceptance of whatever divorce deal the…

Source: IIEA Policy Brief on border issues

  The Dublin-based Institute for International and European Affairs looks as if it just might be the think tank whose hour has come. It was among the first out of the traps with a policy brief (unfortunately without a precise…

Academics at Newcastle and Durham Universities issued this policy paper  entitled “Brexit, Northern Ireland and Ireland”, in June 2016. There is no specific date on it but it probably came out ahead of the vote since it says in the introduction:…

British politics increasing revolves around when and how Article 50 will be triggered and what will happen in the following two years. In fact, rather less will happen than is assumed in much media commentary. “These are purely divorce talks”,…

European leaders want some clarity

David Cameron said he would trigger Article 50 immediately in the event of losing the referendum.  His successor Theresa May decided otherwise but five months later nothing of substance has happened and we have no idea why. We have learned…

In a worst-case Brexit scenario , income on Irish cattle-rearing firms could fall by 37% or €4000-5000 a year. Worst case means UK-EU trade based on World Trade Organisation tariffs, according to the Teagasc (Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority)…

Irish companies reckon Brexit is their biggest concern immediately after labour cost rises. But across Europe less than 10% of companies consider the exit of the UK as a concern worth mentioning, according to a survey of more than 50,000…

Next week the Supreme Court will hear the UK government’s appeal against a 3-0 unanimous High Court ruling that the triggering of Article 50 to leave the EU cannot be done on the basis of a Cabinet decision, but requires…