It’s funny how tropes become tropes. Effectively they’re simplifications. So for example, one will often read that the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive are a ‘glorified county council’ (check it out. Google that phrase, it’s an interesting exercise) but then one reads this from the ever excellent Tony Connelly of RTÉ and one realises that, whatever the intent of those who designed the structures, that’s very very far from the truth.
How big are the trade flows from Great Britain to Northern Ireland?
In 2016, £11 billion in goods were purchased by Northern businesses from GB compared to £14.1 billion from elsewhere in the North, £2 billion from the South, £2 billion from the rest of the EU and £2.1 billion from the rest of the world, according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).
Put bluntly, the newly revived Northern Ireland Executive has been landed with the…
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