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UK election result makes our role in Brexit more important

UK election result makes our role in Brexit more important

The UK election changes the likely impact of Brexit on Ireland. It makes a softer Brexit more likely, which is welcomed. But it also makes a ‘no deal’ outcome more likely, which would be a disaster. And it makes special status for Northern Ireland harder to achieve, which is bad news on both sides of...
Trade is Good

Trade is Good

I was sitting close to the back of a large lecture theatre in Boston, listening to Professor Lant Pritchett’s views on globalisation. ‘Trade is good’. Lant was moving through slides on deadweight loss, World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks, comparative advantage and lots more. Every now and again that same slide would appear – three words...
Is Ireland ready to play its part in the countdown to Brexit?

Is Ireland ready to play its part in the countdown to Brexit?

This Wednesday, the UK’s prime minister, Theresa May, is expected to start the clock on Brexit. Taoiseach Enda Kenny described what’s about to happen as ‘the most important negotiations in our history as an independent State’. So, what’s about to happen, what’s at stake, and what should we be doing about it? What’s about to...
Special Status for Northern Ireland

Special Status for Northern Ireland

Brexit could have profound effects on the people of Northern Ireland – on their economy, their society, and their human rights. There have been many calls for ‘special status’ for the North in the context of Brexit negotiations. But what does that mean? What EU institutions will they have access to? How well will their...
Brexit is bad for the UK, bad for Ireland and bad for the EU

Brexit is bad for the UK, bad for Ireland and bad for the EU

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union is bad for the UK, bad for Ireland and bad for the EU. It is a symptom of the growing disconnect between politics and the citizens politics is meant to serve-a symptom of the growing sense of the have’s and the have-not’s- a symptom of some...
Decision brings big risks and opportunity

Decision brings big risks and opportunity

The bookies were convinced the United Kingdom would vote to remain in the European Union. And as the results came in on Thursday night, it looked like they were right. London, Scotland and Northern Ireland were voting ‘Remain’ and Nigel Farage was on television conceding defeat. But then it all changed – borough after borough...