Policy Forum for Ireland

Responding to Brexit - business opportunities, trade priorities and the future of the Irish border

February 2018

This conference discussed the implications for Ireland posed by the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union.

Delegated considered the Irish Government’s perspective on Brexit - looking at the priorities for the second round of Brexit negotiations and the IFS2020 strategy.

They also discussed the future management of customs on the border with Northern Ireland - including lessons that might be learnt from the Norwegian-Swedish customs arrangements.

Further sessions examined the latest thinking on preparing the Irish economy for Brexit - considering the challenges for strengthening key industries, and opportunities for attracting UK businesses and positioning Ireland as the English-speaking gateway to the EU, as well as potential policy options around tax, infrastructure, and trade promotion.

Price: €125 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Ireland seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates