Nostalgia just ain't what it used to be

This LSE analysis by Davd Richards and Martin Smyth entitled “Things were better in the past: Brexit and the Westminster fallacy of democratic nostalgia” points to the apparent contradiction between the view that Brexit emerged from a populist bottom up revolt…

Irish customs authorities are planning to inspect 6-8% of the more than 6000 HGVs which cross from Northern Ireland into the Republic per day. Giving evidence to the Oireachtas Finance Committee, Seamus Leheny of the NI Freight Transport Association, described…

The German thinking behind making Britain pay

The recent RedC poll we reported on reflected a view across nine European countries that the interests of the remaining 27 EU countries must come first ahead of any special arrangement with the UK.  This piece in the New Statesman by…

Reality is biting

There was a sense in the UK both before and after the Brexit vote that the 27 remaining EU countries would value the UK’s market sufficient for them to prioritise a new economic relationship in negotiations.  In practical terms that…

Almost half of EU businesses working with British suppliers are already seeking replacement suppliers in other EU countries, according to a survey by by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Almost two thirds of UK businesses said they have seen their…

IMF: Brexit is most pressing challenge for Ireland

The International Monetary Fund reckons “Brexit represents the most pressing and far-reaching challenge for Ireland.” In the Concluding Statement of an official mission visit, it noted that while the impact to date has been modest, the overall effects over the…

Irish dairy industry is Brexit's net loser

The Irish dairy industry will be a net loser irrespective of a ‘sort or hard’ Brexit outcome, according to Kevin Lane, CEO of Ornua (formerly the Irish Dairy Board). Ornua produces Kerrygold butter and the Dubliner and Pilgrim’s Choice cheddar…

UU Business School launches Brexit business survey

The University of Ulster’s Business School has launched an online survey “to identify businesses’ perceptions of Brexit taking into account the significance of business size, sector and geographical location with particular reference to border proximity”. It will also seek to identify…

Irish companies must prepare for a hard Brexit –  Enterprise Ireland

Much of the debate about Brexit has been on the theoretical side with, as BBB has pointed out continually, little on the practical.  Now Enterprise Ireland has launched a very practical online scorecard www.prepareforbrexit.ie .  With a warning that Irish companies…

Do not get distracted from real issues by UK electioneering

EDITORIAL: We on the island of Ireland need to keep our eyes firmly fixed on the centre of the stage and ignore the off-stage commotion, raised voices and nasty tones emanating from the UK election. It is very important to…