Who will say - “We shall not be removed” from Europe!

There is no political mandate to change the status of Northern Ireland by taking it out of the EU. So where are the calls for peaceful democratic resistance to defeat this ‘monstrous conspiracy?’ Exiting will take with it rights and…

Dublin Port prepares for Brexit customs checks

Dublin Port said it can wait no longer on political solutions to Brexit and is applying for planning permission for new customs sheds and freight inspection points on its 250-hectare site. The port currently handles 1.3 million Ro-Ro  and container…

Deal or no deal? Barnier slices through the fudge

In early December it was all sweetness and light: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said “we have the assurances and guarantees we need from the UK on the Irish issues” and they amounted to a “cast-iron guarantee” that there would be no…

Sweden-Norway border no model for Ireland

Brexiteers and others who wish to play down the difficulties British withdrawal from the EU is going to cause like to point to best practice on the Swedish-Norwegian border. Specifically, they point to the use of technology including CCTV with…

Enterprise Ireland continues to warn that Brexit means 2018 is going to be a challenging year for Irish companies.  It is also echoing research from IntertradeIreland that even yet many companies have not got plans in place to mitigate potential…

UK Brexit secretary David Davis and Chancellor Philip Hammond are on a charm offensive in Germany trying to convince German business that they have a vital interest in Britain getting a bespoke deal with the EU. In a guest article in…

Irish beef exporters voice concerns

For every ten cattle produced in Ireland we can only eat one. A simple fact that means we must export the rest. No wonder then there is increasing anxiety among Irish beef exporters about the potential impact Brexit will have…

What did you do in the negotiations?

There’s a statistic the European Parliament has drawn attention to in an article about the impact of Brexit on Ireland.  It highlights that along the entirety of the EU’s eastern border from Finland to Greece there are 137 crossings. Between…

EU negotiators are holding fast to the principle that the UK cannot get a trade deal that is better than membership, that it cannot cherry-pick its own mix of rights and responsibilities. It can have full market access like Norway,…

For the record: Phase II negotiating guidelines

Following the David Davis ‘statement of intent’ interview, the EU is clearly intent on getting the terms of the Phase I agreement tied down before moving on. In its guidelines for Phase II talks the European Council has specified that…