We set up Brexit Border Blog because there was no good, independent source of focused information on Brexit as it may impact on the island of Ireland. There are good sources elsewhere and an excellent example is thewonk.eu, which supplies insights that are generally unavailable elsewhere. They are currently running an opinion piece co-authored by Gina Miller, the woman who took the Supreme Court action in London to try to force a Commons debate on the terms of Brexit.
We are fairly safe in saying that our readers are most unlikely to stumble across the second item thewonk.eu is running: “What next after Brexit? Considerations regarding the future relationship between the EU and the UK”, a 25-page study by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research. The authors bravely tackle the ‘cake and eat it’ stand-off and dilemma at the heart of current British politics. “Although the UK would like to retain as broad access to the Single Market as possible, the political restrictions might mean that the UK can only offer medium level concessions overall: small regarding free movement of people, small to medium regarding payments to the EU, and medium to high regarding legal harmonisation with the EU.” So far so good, but looking comparatively at Norwegian, Swiss and Canadian models for relationships with the EU they also write: “Here a clear reciprocity between give and take can be seen, which it is assumed will also be valid for the pending negotiations.” For those of us who keep one eye on the British media, that is a mighty assumption.