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Brexit: A Special Status for Northern Ireland?

28 Oct 2016

Theresa May’s address to the Conservative Party Conference on 2 October 2016 has led many observers to believe that the UK is veering towards a ‘hard’ Brexit. This brief examines what this might mean for the Northern Irish border, and discusses some possible solutions.

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Brexit: Reactions from the Devolved Administrations to the Meeting of the Joint Ministerial Council

27 Oct 2016

On Monday, 24 October 2016, the UK Prime Minister convened a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee. This meeting, the first for more than two years, addressed the question of the UK’s EU withdrawal negotiations.

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Brexit: Commons Debate on Parliamentary Scrutiny

26 Oct 2016

One of the most controversial issues arising from the UK referendum result and the inevitable move towards an exit negotiation has been the exact role of Parliament in the process.

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Brexit: The Conservative Party Conference 2016

05 Oct 2016

The 2016 Conservative Party Conference featured a series of speeches by key figures in the Brexit debate, including Prime Minister Theresa May, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. This blog highlights the key points from each of the main speakers.

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Addressing imbalances created by digital technology a priority for EU regulators

03 Oct 2016

The conclusion recently reached by European Union (EU) Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager that Apple was the recipient of illegal state aid from the Irish government between 1991 and 2007 was not unexpected, but the scale of the order to repay €13bn in back taxes from 2003 and 2013 took many by surprise.

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Brexit Brief Issue 12

03 Oct 2016

In her speech to the Conservative Party Conference on 2 October, UK Prime Minister Theresa May provided a degree of clarity on the timing of Article 50, and some insights into the UK’s negotiating stance. Meanwhile, the leaders of the EU27 have met to discuss a future without their ‘awkward partner’. Issue 12 of the IIEA’s monthly Brexit brief examines recent developments in the debate in the UK, Ireland and Europe.

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The Bratislava Summit – A Declaration of Division?

28 Sep 2016

The much anticipated Bratislava Summit took place on 16 September 2016.  This informal meeting of the 27 Heads of State and Government was convened to kick starting a process of identifying what direction and shape the European Union will take without the United Kingdom. 

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Brexit presents both opportunities and challenges for Ireland’s digital sector

22 Sep 2016


Capitalising on Brexit will require an honest assessment of Ireland's strengths and weaknesses.


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David Cameron – An Early Victim of Brexit

22 Sep 2016

Tony Brown rounds-up the reactions to David Cameron’s resignation from the UK Parliament

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Changing Times, Changing Tunes – Insights From Draghi And Dijsselbloem

16 Sep 2016


Ahead of the informal meeting of 27 EU leaders in Bratislava on 16 September 2016, two influential European institutional leaders have made important remarks about the future economic direction of the EU. Mario Draghi, President of the ECB, and Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of the Eurogroup, both emphasised the need for leaders at the national and EU level to take steps to increase their citizens’ sense of economic security and address concerns about inequalities in European society. 

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sets out his vision for the Europe

15 Sep 2016

 In the run-up to the Bratislava Summit of the EU 27 on 16 September 2016, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his annual State of the Union Address in Strasbourg on 14 September 2016 before members of the European Parliament, the College of Commissioners and the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU. 

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Brexit: Spin, Tumble, Hang Out to Dry?

14 Sep 2016

In this guest blog, John McGrane, Director General of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, examines the aftermath of the UK referendum and sets out his view of Ireland’s role in the coming negotiations.

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