The Irish border remains a contentious issue for the Government as it tries to find a suitable remedy to the Brexit backstop – but technology has long been touted as a possible solution.Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay reiterated on Wednesday that it was “exploring” the use of technology to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.Last year, Chancellor Philip Hammond indicated blockchain technology could be used.Initially created as the infrastructure for decentralised cryptocurrencies, it is effectively a digital list of records or transactions that are linked together in a public database.Advocates of blockchain have long argued it could work by monitoring goods moving across the border in a non-disruptive way that would not breach the Good Friday Agreement.Blockchain would do this by digitally recording goods transparently and would be updated by those using it.Andrew Bird, chief executive of digital transformation firm GS Marketplace, said: … [Read more...] about Brexit: Could technology ease the Irish border issue?
Irish sandwich giant Greencore to airlift produce into the UK after hard Brexit BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Irish food group Greencore - one of the world's biggest sandwich makers - is prepared to airlift key ingredients such as rocket and spinach to the UK in the event of a hard Brexit, according to chief executive Patrick Coveney. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/northern-ireland/irish-sandwich-giant-greencore-to-airlift-produce-into-the-uk-after-hard-brexit-37763063.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/article37763062.ece/1332e/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-01-30_bus_47605263_I1.JPG Email Irish food group Greencore - one of the world's biggest sandwich makers - is prepared to airlift key ingredients such as rocket and spinach to the UK in the event of a hard Brexit, according to chief executive Patrick Coveney. He also said that the group will need to push the button on its Brexit battle plan within three weeks, if the Westminster government has not managed to get a … [Read more...] about Irish sandwich giant Greencore to airlift produce into the UK after hard Brexit
By Jeff Robbins | PUBLISHED: January 29, 2019 at 1:35 am | UPDATED: January 29, 2019 at 8:42 am It long ago ceased to be a secret that Massachusetts packs a national wallop in areas like technology, higher education, health care, finance and domestic electoral politics. Last week’s mobilization by Boston’s business leaders against a bill in Ireland’s parliament targeting Israel, which attracted media attention from Dublin to Jerusalem, illustrated that the city’s business community is not shy about weighing in on matters of international diplomacy when they affect its interests and offend its conscience. The bill in question would make it a crime, punishable by up to five years in prison, to do business with any Israeli residing beyond the so-called 1967 lines. These are Israel’s borders as they existed prior to the Arab states’ armed effort to annihilate the Jewish state in June 1967, which boomeranged when Israel repulsed the attack by entering … [Read more...] about Civic leaders take high road in opposing Irish bill
Pro-EU activists erected a Berlin-style wall manned by menacing armed “soldiers” on the border between Ireland and British Ulster to scare people about the supposed consequences of a No Deal Brexit. The stunt, described as “a disgusting new low” by Brexiteers such as Michael Heaver, given the bloody history along the British-Irish border during the Troubles, saw demonstrators join Mary Lou McDonald, leader of the Sinn Fein party — widely regarded as the political wing of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) — raise a concrete barrier studded in camo-swaddled watchtowers, manned by “soldiers” pointing mock firearms threateningly.Irish taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar has warned earlier in the week that a No Deal Brexit could “involve people in uniform… possibly a police presence, or an army presence to back it up” — but backpedalled rapidly after his rhetoric as “reckless and … [Read more...] about ‘Disgusting’ – Anti-Brexiteers Put Berlin-style Wall Manned by Armed ‘Soldiers’ on Irish Border
Published 11:15 am PST, Saturday, January 26, 2019 A demonstrator holds a banner on the Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland border, near Newry in Northern Ireland, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. Protesters angered at the prospect of a hard Brexit built a mock wall across part of the Irish border, the theatrical gesture on Saturday was the centrepiece of a County Down demonstration against future border checks. less A demonstrator holds a banner on the Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland border, near Newry in Northern Ireland, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. Protesters angered at the prospect of a hard Brexit built a mock wall ... more Photo: Peter Morrison, AP Photo: Peter Morrison, AP Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 A demonstrator holds a banner on the Northern Ireland/Republic … [Read more...] about Protesters at Irish border highlight Brexit as peace threat