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Monday Blog: Brexit Round 1

Progress was made last week in relation to the preparation for Brexit and, in particular, the unique and special circumstances of Northern Ireland. A careful and considered reading of “Joint report from the negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom Government on progress during phase...

Monday Blog: Brexit and Ireland: an unholy trinity of options

As the heat rises in the run-up to Christmas on the Brexit front we are looking into the barrel of The Great British-Irish Trilemma. There are no safe places to hide here and no amount of palaver and fudge will duck the key issue. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney puts it succinctly and...

The Implications of a Hard BREXIT for Northern Ireland

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The Winter 2016 Quarterly Economic Observer was released this morning and it provides the NERI's analysis recent economic trends and the outlook for both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We highlight the signs of decelerating growth in the Republic along with concerns about recent...

Monday Blog: A Tale of Two Cities

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” – the opening line of Charles Dicken’s The Tale of Two Cities is a familiar one. It could be applied to the fall-out from the ‘Brexit’ vote in the UK on 23 rd June. If UK policy makers, analysts and the general public were not exactly prepared...

Monday Blog: Getting ready for Brexit

The prospect of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union presents a once-in-a-generation challenge for the Northern Ireland Executive, the Irish Government and citizens across this island. A recent paper by economists at the Department of Finance [UK EU Exit – An Exposure Analysis of Sectors of...

Monday Blog: What sort of Europe do we want?

To brexit or not to brexit is a question for the people of the UK next month. There is, however, an even more fundamental question for all Europeans: what sort of Europe do we want and how do we attain it? Inevitably, the short-term questions and concerns regarding trade, investment, employment...