Former MEP Andrew Duff has proved to be an insightful Brexit commentator. Writing for the Centre for European Policy, he frequently challenges the conventional view and turns out to be right.  He now thinks that the citizenship issue will reach…

Barnier blows whistle and CBI appeals for time.

BBB has always argued that what we have already in border terms between the North and South of Ireland is about as frictionless as you can get.  Any changes to that arrangement, in the context of Brexit, would only add…

Put simply - "Brexit is a bad thing"

For aviation – new agreements on flights ahead of Brexit. For energy – a French Irish interconnector.  For business – relaxation of rules to allow support post Brexit.  These are just a few of the proposals in the Seanad’s Special…

Sharing experience

While Brexit negotiations are now playing out a high level in Europe companies are still trying to work out the net effect on their businesses. Many are still living in the land of known unknowns and unknown knowns. Intertrade Ireland commissioned…

Irish Times: "Frictionless border is a fallacy"

In a hard-hitting opinion piece, Irish Times Economic Editor Cliff Taylor attacks the notion that there can be a ‘frictionless border’ if the UK pulls out of the customs union. “It really is time to nail the fallacy of the…

Brexit threat to European anti-terror cooperation

Ahead of the London Bridge terrorist attack, Italian authorities had warned their British counterparts about one of the perpetrators, Italian citizen Youssef Zaghba. He was listed on the Schengen Information System (SIS), an EU-wide law enforcement database, after he was…

Update of impact on sectors of Irish economy

While we discuss Brexit in sweeping generalities, economists and researchers must put numbers on things. The latest update from IGEES (Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service) within  the Department of Finance consists mainly of diagrammatic illustration of the likely impact…

Ireland has had an all-island single electricity market (SEM) since 2007, which is part of the wider EU Internal Market for Electricity, as is the electricity market in Britain. According to the Economic and Social Research Institute in a new…

ESRI (1): Brexit could take €600 million out of budget

    The Economic and Social Research Institute reckons a hard Brexit could leave a €600 millon hole in the government’s budget over the next three years. In its latest Quarterly Economic Commentary, it writes: “The need for caution on…