Ray Bassett

Ray Bassett

Macron's Europe speeches a wake-up call

Macron's Europe speeches a wake-up call

Forget worrying about the loss of our corporate tax regime, the European heavyweights have much bigger fish to fry

EU has to stop digging in its heels and give Britain a break

EU has to stop digging in its heels and give Britain a break

Theresa May laid down an upbeat marker in Florence. Now it’s up to the European Union to reciprocate. And if that doesn’t happen, then Ireland has to assert itself

EU paper comes up short on issue of Irish border

EU paper comes up short on issue of Irish border

A new EU paper on the Irish border manages to state much while saying nothing - except that it expects Britain to figure it all out

Brexit, Brussels and the Border

Brexit, Brussels and the Border

Unlike Ireland, the British actually have a bottom line. If the terms offered are bad enough they will decide no deal is better than a bad deal, writes Ray Bassett

Leaving Brexit negotiations in EU hands is a very bad idea

Leaving Brexit negotiations in EU hands is a very bad idea

Can we really rely on Michel Barnier to put Irish concerns above those of the EU’s institutions?

Ray Bassett: Leo Varadkar leads show of unity

Ray Bassett: Leo Varadkar leads show of unity

By intervening in the border debate, the Taoiseach has sent out the clear message that Ireland will not be sleep-walked into an EU/Britain deal that would damage Irish interests

Macron has a bad case of Trumpitis

Macron has a bad case of Trumpitis

The French president's drop in approval ratings after his charm offensive towards his US counterpart is a lesson for Ireland, writes Ray Bassett

Ray Bassett: Still a long way to go before we see how Britain will pull out of the EU

Ray Bassett: Still a long way to go before we see how Britain will pull out of the EU

If reports from Brussels are factual, then all the assurances given by our government over our red lines on the border were simply hot air. We badly miscalculated during David Cameron’s renegotiations, so let us not do so again

Ray Bassett: The Tories’ calamity can be Ireland’s opportunity

Ray Bassett: The Tories’ calamity can be Ireland’s opportunity

With Britain’s prime minister probably doomed, the appetite for a hard Brexit has weakened

Ray Bassett: Time to get off the EU train

Ray Bassett: Time to get off the EU train

Ireland’s interests are very different from those of the other member states and the EU as an institution

Ray Bassett: It is time for Ireland to cry stop on Brexit

Ray Bassett: It is time for Ireland to cry stop on Brexit

If Europe continues to insist on these guidelines, then we are ensuring a hard Brexit with no trade deal

We need to step up our game on Brexit

We need to step up our game on Brexit

The level of jingoism in both London and in Brussels at the moment is unhelpful