Source: NI Assembly briefing note

This 15-page paper published in March 2015 which now seems such a long time ago – there are presumptions about UK political continuity which are definitely dated. It rehearsed all the prevailing arguments for and against, coming down for a…

Source: The Irish energy market

Two-page summary published October 2016 by law firm LK Shields. Ireland imported energy worth €6 billion from the UK in 2014. The single energy market is not dependent on EU membership but any new EU tariffs on these imports  could…

Source: Managing the border

This 27-page report from Queen’s University has no publication date but was clearly written at least a month after the referendum in June 2016. While it is light on trade impacts it provides a quite comprehensive overview of all the…

Source: Brexit and the CAP

A 27-page in-depth report from PACT European Affairs, a Brussels-based consultancy, published November 2016. The two lead authors have complementary backgrounds, one within the Commission bureaucracy dealing with CAP, the other outside lobbying on behalf of agri-food organisations. Their main…

Source: Bord Bia briefing June 2016

      Eight pages – a useful summary of the food trade. The UK accounts for around 54% of total Irish meat and livestock exports, reflecting the fact that it is the highest priced beef market in the world….

Implications of British exit from the EU for the Irish agri-food sector Author: Alan Matthews Published by Trinity Economics Papers Dublin TEP Working Paper No. 0215, April 2015 21 pages. Useful table of EU Common External Tariffs on agri-food products on…

Brexit voters want hard border

Fifty-seven per cent of those who voted for Brexit want passport controls on the Irish border, according to a poll by NatCen Social Research. A majority of UK voters also support continued membership of the Single Market (having your cake)…

Overall shopper footfall in Northern Ireland was down 5.3% in October compared to a year earlier, according to research by the NI Retail Consortium. This was the weakest result of any UK region and the fact that it was the…

Britain's EU bill just went up

All political acts have unintended consequences. A year ago the pound sterling was worth €1.40 but last week it was hovering around €1.16. Britain’s 2015 contribution to the EU budget has been calculated on the high exchange rate at the…