Brexit

Brexit Analysis

13th December 2018

Brexit Brief 54

Issue 54 of the IIEA Brexit Brief notes the current state of play in the Brexit talks and collates relevant news from Ireland, the UK, and the rest of the EU.
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11th December 2018

The Brexit Endgame: Key Challenges Ahead – Perspectives from Germany, Ireland and Scotland

In this event report and overview of the current state of play in the Brexit debate, Kirsty Hughes, Director of SCER, and Andrew Gilmore, Deputy Director of Research, IIEA, look at some of the key themes and questions in this Brexit endgame as explored at the joint IIEA, SCER and KAS event on 5 October 2018.
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7th December 2018

The meaningful vote and beyond: a guide to the ratification process in the UK Parliament.

On Tuesday, 11 December 2018, the UK Parliament will hold a ‘meaningful vote’ on whether to approve the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future relationship, which together constitute the Brexit deal agreed upon by the British and EU negotiators. The House of Commons vote is widely recognised as representing a significant challenge for Prime Minister Theresa May. This is due to a number of factors, not least the divisive nature of the deal and the composition of the House, which sees a fractured Tory party supported by the Democratic Unionist Party, who have expressed deep hostility to the deal. This briefing outlines the ratification process, and analyses some of the potential outcomes of the ‘meaningful vote’, before identifying the next steps in the Brexit process.
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28th November 2018

Brexit Brief 53

Issue 53 of the IIEA Brexit Brief notes the current state of play in the Brexit talks and collates relevant news from Ireland, the UK, and the rest of the EU.
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27th November 2018

Outcomes of the Special Brexit Summit and next steps

On Sunday, 25 November 2018, the European Council approved the text of the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration. This blog outlines the outcomes of the Special Summit and examines the next steps in the Brexit process.
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22nd November 2018

Brexit can be stopped: here’s how

Hugo Dixon, Deputy Chair of the People’s Vote Campaign, presented the case for a referendum on the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union.
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22nd November 2018

Ireland as a dispute resolution hub after Brexit

In his address to the IIEA, Chief Justice Frank Clarke explored the topic of Ireland as a hub for dispute resolution post-Brexit.
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20th November 2018

Brexit Brief Special Edition

The special edition of the IIEA Brexit Brief provides an update on the concluded text of the Withdrawal Agreement and its reception in the UK, Brussels and Ireland.
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Brexit Publications

29th January 2018

Brexit: Transition… or Extension?

In the UK’s EU withdrawal negotiations, both sides need more time to work out the meaning and implication of Brexit before the die is cast. In this paper, Former Taoiseach John Bruton argues that the two-year period for negotiating Brexit can, and should, be extended.
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17th November 2017

Brexit: Potential Transitional Arrangements

In this IIEA Policy Brief, Con Lucey writes that a transitional arrangement in the context of the UK leaving the EU offers a number of potential advantages. Such a deal would provide stability during the likely gap between the UK’s withdrawal from the EU in late March 2019 and the completion of negotiations on new arrangements between the UK and the EU; help to mitigate the effects of the sudden imposition of tariffs on trade between the UK and the EU; and provide Irish business with time to adjust to new markets, and to find new supply sources.

Con Lucey was Chief Economist of the Irish Farmers Association from 1979 to 2008, where he was involved in providing information and analysis on farm production economics, national economic policy and EU policy. He represented the IFA on the National Economic and Social Council and served as the organisation’s liaison officer with Government on Social Partnership. He is a former Council member of the IIEA, and is a member of the IIEA’s UK Project Group, which examines the relationship between the UK and EU, and its implications for Ireland.

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16th November 2017

Europe’s Problem with England

This paper by guest contributor Edmond Grace SJ contends that Britain was constitutionally incapable of fulfilling the commitment entailed by its membership of the European Union and that Brexit is the inevitable outcome of this situation. The paper makes the case that Britain is a “vehicle for the pre-eminence of England” – and that this English pre-eminence is inimical to the sharing of sovereignty on which the European project depends.

Edmond Grace SJ is a Catholic priest and Director of PeopleTalk: Citizen Juries Shaping Government, an initiative of the Jesuits in Ireland. He studied law at Trinity College Dublin and Columbia University New York and is author of ‘Democracy and Public Happiness’ (I.P.A., 2007). He lectured on law and social ethics in the National College of Ireland and, while working in Gardiner St. parish in Dublin’s north inner city, was involved in building relations between local communities and an Garda Síochána as part of the struggle against drugs and organised crime. He has also written in various journals on jurisprudential and political matters, as well as playing a prominent role in the second Lisbon Referendum campaign in 2008. He is Coordinator of the Venice Workshop on Faith and Politics which is organised by every two years for young adults from around Europe.

As an independent forum, the Institute does not express any opinions of its own. The views expressed in the article are the sole responsibility of the author

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11th October 2017

Implications of Brexit for Ireland’s Transport Sectors

This IIEA policy brief explores the implications of Brexit for transport policy within Ireland and its impact on Irish aviation and freight. Thomas Ferris is a Consultant Economist working with the IIEA. He has previously published Brexit articles such as: “Fine words butter no parsnips” – The UK Brexit Papers. This IIEA policy brief explores the implications of Brexit for transport policy within Ireland. Two of Irelands key transport sectors to the UK, aviation and freight, will be examined in this paper.
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Brexit Past Events

22nd November 2018

Brexit can be stopped: here’s how

Hugo Dixon, Deputy Chair of the People’s Vote Campaign, presented the case for a referendum on the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union.
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22nd November 2018

Ireland as a dispute resolution hub after Brexit

In his address to the IIEA, Chief Justice Frank Clarke explored the topic of Ireland as a hub for dispute resolution post-Brexit.
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18th October 2018

Brexit from a Welsh Perspective

In his address to the IIEA, Geraint Talfan Davies gave a Welsh perspective on Brexit, including a discussion of the issues arising from Brexit for devolved powers, and an analysis of the rationale behind the Welsh leave vote.
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12th October 2018

The Brexit Endgame: Key Challenges Ahead – Perspectives from Germany, Ireland and Scotland

As the Brexit negotiations enter the critical final phase, many issues remain to be resolved, including the question of the backstop for Northern Ireland and the nature of the future relationship between the UK and the EU. Even if a deal is reached between the negotiators, there remain a number of hurdles to overcome.
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