Ray Bassett

Ray Bassett

Ray Bassett on Brexit

Ray Bassett on Brexit

Now that Europe has shown its hand by rejecting the Chequers White Paper, we must go our own way or face the consequences

It’s time we helped Britain  to get a good deal on Brexit

It’s time we helped Britain to get a good deal on Brexit

Our politicians should be putting the country first, and stand up for May and her vision of what Brexit means

A hard Brexit looks even more likely now, and we have contributed to it

A hard Brexit looks even more likely now, and we have contributed to it

Ireland has now lined up with the EU Commission to increase the EU budget. If the intention is to curry favour for an undeliverable Brexit backstop, it is very bad policy

British paper marks crunch time in Brexit process

British paper marks crunch time in Brexit process

Our government must now search for a workable – possibly messy – solution to the border dilemma

Italy’s anger with the EU needs to serve as a major wake-up call

Italy’s anger with the EU needs to serve as a major wake-up call

With Brexit on the horizon and the Italian people growing disillusioned with Brussels by the day, the time has come for a major rethink of Europe-wide policy

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