BREXIT - UNPALLETABLE TRUTH

Late on Tuesday Le Port de Calais issued a little notice: “From midnight on 29/3, for rapid disembarkment HGV drivers will need to have prenotified the following documents – CMR (International Consignment Note) and MRN (Master Reference Number) barcode –…

Britain is planning to install a hard border in Ireland

With just weeks to go to the Brexit deadline the UK environment secretary Michael Gove has told UK farmers the government will apply tariffs to food imports to protect British farmers if there’s a no deal Brexit. Gove was speaking…

Backstop would check just nine trucks a day

The backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement would require checks on just nine trucks a day, according to calculations by the NI Retail Consortium, Manufacturing NI and the Freight Transport Association based on data from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research…

The Economy is too important to be left to politicians

The history books may record why it was that when the North was at a Brexit crossroads the business community here remained largely silent during much of the period since the June 2016 referendum.  That it has eventually chosen to…

Any deal is better than No Deal

Our remit at BBB is to provide the best practical information available on Brexit to affected companies and communities in Ireland north and south, There has been no significant forward movement in UK-EU negotiations since December 2017. That was when…

The 105 million crossing question

Technology is favoured by those backing Brexit as an answer to the border question but one piece of recent research has technology scoping out the scale of the problem.  Its a Department of the Economy publication on cross border movement and…

Who Speaks?

The recent public demonstrations across Northern reflect growing frustration at the lack of government here. The biggest current threat in this political vacuum is Brexit but a return of devolved government won’t fix that problem – for two reasons. There…

Required reading.

The British Irish Chamber has helpfully compiled a digest of headlines within the technical notices that the UK government has published  outlining preparations businesses and consumers should take in preparation for a “no deal” outcome in Brexit negotiations. They are…

No Deal? London says Belfast should ask Dublin

This morning in Newry, Enniskillen and Derry, vans and lorries are being loaded for short delivery runs to Dundalk, Cavan and Letterkenny. Business people with half an eye on television news will be aware that the UK Department for Existing…

Supply-chain damage will hurt us all

Even at this late stage, we have few insights into the extent of damage any Brexit will do, never mind the sheer devastation of a  no-deal scenario which now seems unavoidable. Many Brexiteers in Northern Ireland take comfort from the…