Podcast Episode 25 – Unhappy Anniversary – February 2023

The podcast that keeps you up to date with what is happening economy-wise in Northern Ireland.  Telling you what you need to know but not necessarily what you want to hear. It is better to be prepared for the economic environment we are operating in and not the world we would like to be in.

Featuring Mark Magill, Senior Economist at Ulster University’s Economic Policy Centre

Over recent weeks a few anniversaries have passed by with little fanfare. On the 31st January Brexit turned 3. Meanwhile two years have elapsed since the UK left the Single Market. Even the staunchest supporter of Brexit would be hard pressed to point to the positives of leaving the EU thus far.

A poll conducted by Ipsos finds that 45% of the UK public think Brexit is going worse than expected. Another poll by Unherd Britain found that The Boston & Skegness constituency was the only constituency not to regret leaving the EU.

Disquiet with the Northern Ireland protocol continues to rumble on. That’s despite the UK Supreme Court ruling that the NI Protocol is lawful. Lawful but awful is how many in Unionist quarters see it. Legal objections may have disappeared, but political objections remain. But will the new Protocol Deal, due today, soothe these concerns?

NOTE: This podcast was recorded on the morning of 27th February 2023

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