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28 02, 2017

Is it time to consider an EU escape plan for Ireland?

By | February 28th, 2017|As We See It|

by Cormac Lucey IN THE WAKE of the Good Friday/Belfast agreement, routine border checks between Newry and Dundalk disappeared. That disappearance rested on two foundation stones: peace in Northern Ireland, and the fact that the north and the Republic were both members of the EU single market and customs union. That second foundation stone is [...]

25 05, 2012

#77 The UK’s missing sovereign wealth fund

By | May 25th, 2012|Briefing Notes|

What if the UK, instead of handing over its EU Budget Contributions to Brussels, had invested the cash in a British Sovereign Wealth Fund ? That fund would today be one of the biggest in the world. The financial crisis has brought neglected accounting matters, such as fiscal burdens, deficits & the debt total – that is to say, [...]

20 01, 2017

Theresa May shows her steel by playing ‘the game’

By | January 20th, 2017|As We See It|

by Mike Nevin THE PRIME MINISTER'S Brexit speech on January 17th marked the opening move in the negotiation process that will lead to the UK’s departure from European Union. The UK’s best strategy through these negotiations will depend upon how the other side responds. Clues are offered, however, by Game Theory, defined as “the study of [...]

15 02, 2002

#18 Demographic change 2000-2050

By | February 15th, 2002|Briefing Notes|

"...while the population of the United States would increase by 114 million between 2000 and 2050, that of the European Union would decline by 37 million..." United Nations Population Division, 28th September 2001 Download Briefing Note: bn#18

18 05, 2001

#16 The Euro Two Years On

By | May 18th, 2001|Briefing Notes|

Monetary union is fundamentally a political rather than an economic issue. The Rt Hon Sir Eddie George, Governor of the Bank of England, speech in Basle, 12th September 2000. Download Briefing Note: bn#16

16 02, 2001

#12 Nice explained

By | February 16th, 2001|Briefing Notes|

The Treaty of Nice is said to be a pre-condition for "enlargement" – the accessionof central and eastern European states to the EU. But enlargement needs wholesale reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, which was not discussed at Nice. The real agenda was about "deepening" – the further centralisation of power in Brussels. By RONALD STEWART-BROWN Download Briefing [...]

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