Brexit

Brexit Analysis

5th January 2018

Brexit Brief 33

On 20 December 2017, the European Commission published its Recommendation for a Council decision on the opening of the next phase of negotiations with the United Kingdom. Issue 33 of the IIEA Brexit Brief highlights the important points from the Commission document, and notes relevant developments in Ireland, the UK and the rest of the EU.
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20th December 2017

Brexit Brief 32

The European Council on 15 December 2017 declared that ‘sufficient progress’ had been made in the Brexit negotiations for the talks to move to Phase Two. This phase will focus on the critically important topics of the UK’s transitional arrangements, as well as the framework for the future relationship. Issue 32 of the Brexit Brief describes the latest developments in the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, as well as reactions from Ireland, the UK and the rest of the EU.
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20th December 2017

EU guidelines for Phase Two of Brexit talks: Good news for Ireland?

The EU’s Brexit Phase Two negotiating guidelines aim to maintain an arrangement close to the status quo for at least two years.
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15th December 2017

European Council declares sufficient progress in Brexit talks

The European Council has authorised the opening of the second phase of negotiations in the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. This blog outlines the agreements reached in Phase One of the UK’s EU withdrawal, as well as some of the unresolved issues for the next stages of the negotiations.
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8th December 2017

Breakthrough for the Border in Brexit Talks

On Friday, 8 December 2017, after a night of intensive negotiations, the EU announced that sufficient progress had been made in the UK’s withdrawal negotiations to move to Phase 2 of the negotiations. This blog covers the key negotiating points of the Northern Ireland border and the Good Friday Agreement as presented in the joint report from the negotiators.
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1st December 2017

Brexit: The View from Scotland

Fiona Hyslop provided insights into the Scottish Government’s perspective on Brexit and how it is likely to impact on Scotland and on Scottish-Irish relations.
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30th November 2017

Brexit Brief 31

At the upcoming European Council meeting on 14-15 December, European Heads of State or Government will assess whether sufficient progress has been made to move forward to Phase II of the EU-UK negotiations. Issue 31 of the Brexit Brief describes the latest developments in the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, and highlights some possible issues for the December Council.
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16th November 2017

Brexit Brief 30

Six rounds of negotiations have now taken place in the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, but the ‘sufficient progress’ required to move to the next phase of the talks for now remains elusive. The UK’s financial settlement continues to present difficulties for the negotiators. Meanwhile, the issue of the Ireland – Northern Ireland border has been the subject of renewed attention, following the publication of the European Commission’s Dialogue on Ireland/Northern Ireland on 8 November. Issue 30 of the IIEA Brexit Brief examines these issues, and highlights relevant developments in Ireland and the other Member States.
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Brexit Publications

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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8th June 2017

The Potential €60 billion cost to the UK of exiting the EU

The issue of the UK’s financial settlement (the so-called ‘Brexit Bill’) has emerged as the most contentious issue for the first phase of negotiations in the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. The European Commission’s negotiating mandate makes clear that a methodology for calculating these liabilities must be agreed before the negotiations can progress to the next phase. For the UK, meanwhile, a substantial exit bill may prove politically difficult. This note examines the possible components of the Brexit Bill, and assesses the widely reported estimate of €60 billion.
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Brexit Past Events

1st December 2017

Brexit: The View from Scotland

Fiona Hyslop provided insights into the Scottish Government’s perspective on Brexit and how it is likely to impact on Scotland and on Scottish-Irish relations.
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8th November 2017

Norway’s relationship with the EU in light of Brexit

Norway’s membership of the European Economic Area has underpinned its relations with the European Union for 25 years.
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12th October 2017

Brexit – This Year? Next Year? Sometime? Never?

In his address to the IIEA, Mr Palmer argued that the political realities of Brexit are becoming ever more complex and that the final outcome of the negotiations remains deeply uncertain.
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18th September 2017

Ulster’s fight, Ulster’s rights?: Brexit, Northern Ireland and the threat to British-Irish relations

Prior to the UK’s EU referendum a year ago, few British politicians paid attention to the problems that Brexit might cause for Northern Ireland. But the future border arrangements between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have now emerged as one of the key issues in the UK’s withdrawal negotiations. At this Irish launch of the CER policy brief, the author, Professor Edward Burke, and Simon Tilford, Deputy Director of CER, examined the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland.
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