Checkout Ma'am? That'll be €60 billion

According to Suzanne Lynch in the Irish Times, the word around Brussels is that the UK will be handed a final bill for up to  €60 billion, “taking into account everything from pension liabilities to committed budget funds” in its…

Source: Irish exports to UK could fall by 30%

Since about mid-October there has been a qualitative shift in Brexit research across Europe and in Ireland the way is being led by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). At the beginning of November it modelled the post-Brexit Irish…

Source: What think tanks are thinking

There are an awful lot of people across Europe working very hard to understand the implications and remote consequences. The European Parliamentary Research Service Blog lists 40 papers in various languages by research institutions from across the continent since August, with…

"Is there a sense you may be hit by our decision more than we are?"

This Blog has urged more informed debate and facts around the issues emerging from Brexit. Two days of evidence gathering by the Lords European Union Select Committee has demonstrated the extent to which there are more questions than answers. Day…

Ireland’s share of funding under the Common Agricultural Policy may be called into question when the UK leaves the EU, Agriland news portal reports. Teagasc research officer Trevor Donnellan told the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture on Tuesday that CAP takes…

Every time a bit of certainty emerges, it quickly fades again. Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposal to trigger Article 50 by 31st March next year still stands, and Brexit minister David Davis said in Strasbourg on Tuesday that negotiations were…

Source: World Trade Organisation (WTO) MFN tariffs

When single markets and customs unions fail we have to fall back on the rules of the World Trade Organisation. MFN (Most Favoured Nation) tariffs are what countries promise to impose on imports from other members of the WTO, unless the country…

Source: Teagasc on Agri-food

  Unlike many reports written before the event this heavy-duty 73-page study by Teagasc (Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority) issued in April 2016 retains its value if only because of the data tables. Like all good analysts they emphasize…

How much Legislation comes from Europe?

According to the House of Commons Library  in the UK data suggests that from 1997 to 2009 6.8% of primary legislation (Statutes) and 14.1% of secondary legislation (Statutory Instruments) had a role in implementing EU obligations, although the degree of involvement…

Source: PWC booklet on Brexit

A 36-page report issued in July 2016 which goes into detail on the impact in five sectors: Financial Services, Agri-food, Energy, FinTech & Digital and Pharma. It rather neatly sums up where we need to focus in the short term: “We…