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.
In his address to the Institute, Professor Portes discussed the economic and political implications of Brexit for the UK. He assessed the short-term economic impacts of various scenarios for the current negotiations between the UK and the European Union, ranging from “chaotic Brexit” to a “velvet divorce”. He also examined the longer-term economic impacts on the UK, with a particular focus on immigration and labour mobility.
In his keynote address, Mr Wright drew on his new book, entitled All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the 21st Century and the Future of American Power, in which he claims that great power competition has returned following two decades of unprecedented cooperation between the major global players. He argued that the great powers all seek to avoid a major war with each other but will compete with all measures short of that, including cyber war, economic war, proxy war, and coercive diplomacy.
As a financial services capitol London has benefitted greatly from the UK’s EU membership. However, after the UK leaves the EU in 2019 its financial services sector could lose access to the EU Single Market in services. In his address to the IIEA Jeremy Browne set out the views of the City of London Corporation on the post-Brexit future of London’s financial services sector.
The IIEA’s fortnightly Brexit Brief notes recent developments in the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. This issue examines the UK’s counter-offer on citizens’ rights after Brexit, as well as the latest position papers issued by the EU negotiating team. The Brief also notes a number of recent political developments in Ireland, the UK and the other Member States.