Ray Bassett

Ray Bassett

Mind the gap between the Brexit ‘backstop’ and our national interest

Mind the gap between the Brexit ‘backstop’ and our national interest

The EU is not prioritising the border for Ireland’s benefit. It is using the country to play a high-stakes game of bluff

When everyone was on the same team

When everyone was on the same team

Ray Bassett played a key role in the Irish government’s talks team during the Good Friday Agreement negotiations. Here, he recounts the view from inside the negotiation room

Ireland’s welfare should be our priority

Ireland’s welfare should be our priority

Free trade between North and South and across the Irish Sea is vitally important for Ireland. We must put this first, rather than automatically supporting the EU line on the border

The Good Friday Agreement is in danger, but all is not lost

The Good Friday Agreement is in danger, but all is not lost

As tensions grow, Irish negotiators must keep the border issue at the forefront of their minds

It’s crunch time: Ireland must chart her own course

It’s crunch time: Ireland must chart her own course

After months of negotiations, both Britain and the EU appear to still believe the other is bluffing. But something will have to give

Ray Bassett: We’ll soon be picking up the real bill for Brexit

Ray Bassett: We’ll soon be picking up the real bill for Brexit

Brexit is quite likely to result in Ireland paying far more money into the EU budget, so we must keep all our options open with Britain

Is playing hardball on the border in our best interests?

Is playing hardball on the border in our best interests?

We share these islands with Britain, so we should not allow ourselves to be weaponised against them by an angry EU

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