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That Northern Ireland Executive and Brexit trade volumes January 27, 2020

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

It’s funny how tropes become tropes. Effectively they’re simplifications. So for example, one will often read that the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive are a ‘glorified county council’ (check it out. Google that phrase, it’s an interesting exercise) but then one reads this from the ever excellent Tony Connelly of RTÉ and one realises that, whatever the intent of those who designed the structures, that’s very very far from the truth.

How big are the trade flows from Great Britain to Northern Ireland?
In 2016, £11 billion in goods were purchased by Northern businesses from GB compared to £14.1 billion from elsewhere in the North, £2 billion from the South, £2 billion from the rest of the EU and £2.1 billion from the rest of the world, according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).
Put bluntly, the newly revived Northern Ireland Executive has been landed with the gargantuan task of managing all these trade volumes both logistically and politically. 

Ironic, would it not be, if Brexit has added considerably to the functional political and other heft of the Assembly and Executive?

And by the by, this surely has further implications for those who continue the line that the ROI must not admit SF to government.


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