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Esmond Birnie

Is Brexit protocol really helping Northern Ireland economy? It’s much too early to say

Esmond Birnie


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There are some market access advantages from the protocol, selling to Republic of Ireland plus rest EU, but it may still be the case that increased costs on the much greater volume of east-west trade (ie the £10bn of goods and raw materials brought in from Great Britain each year) will outweigh such north-south gains

There are some market access advantages from the protocol, selling to Republic of Ireland plus rest EU, but it may still be the case that increased costs on the much greater volume of east-west trade (ie the £10bn of goods and raw materials brought in from Great Britain each year) will outweigh such north-south gains

There are some market access advantages from the protocol, selling to Republic of Ireland plus rest EU, but it may still be the case that increased costs on the much greater volume of east-west trade (ie the £10bn of goods and raw materials brought in from Great Britain each year) will outweigh such north-south gains

Years ago, someone said trying to manage a modern economy is a bit like trying to drive the car when both the front and rear windows are covered over.


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