Brexit has brought a lot of complications that many of us don’t understand; sterling is weak one day and strong the next. Whatever that means.
What we do understand is that many Irish people have family who live and work in Britain, so what will Brexit mean for them? Will there be a return to a hard border in Northern Ireland? Much like almost everything else associated with Brexit, we don’t know the answers yet. One system which seems likely is to have Ireland carry out passport checks for people entering the UK through Ireland.
Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire said ‘Our focus is to strengthen the external border of the common travel area [CTA], building on the strong collaboration with our Irish partners’.
Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan has supported the idea of passport control at Irish ports and airports in exchange for an invisible border with Northern Ireland. If these passport checks were to be carried out at Irish ports and airports it would likely mean no hard border would return in Northern Ireland. Politicians from both states stress the impact a hard border could have on the peace agreement in Northern Ireland.
It will be interesting to see the effect Brexit will have on many companies which operate in both the UK and Ireland. Ryanair, Tesco, Primark/Penneys are just some of the companies which will be watching Brexit closely.
As the Sterling fluctuates about as often as Irish weather, Irish people wishing to visit our neighbours across the Irish sea can do so relatively cheaply. In July of this year €100 would get you £67, today it would get you £90.
Before we get to the complications of employment, corporation tax, tariffs or anything else it appears a weekend in Newcastle or Liverpool is possible and for once, affordable.