British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne: ‘Wages would be lower and prices would be higher.’ Photograph: Matt Cardy/PA Wire

Leaving the E U would cause Britain’s economy to shrink and tax receipts to plummet, and cost the average household thousands of pounds a year, an of(...)

Peter Sutherland: “The reality is that losing access to the EU single market would be a big setback for the UK. Negotiating equivalent access appears in effect impossible.”

Those advocating Britain’s exit from the EU, the world’s largest exporter and importer, would have you believe a number of magical things. First, som(...)

Construction cranes reflected in a window in central London, late February 2016. The UK economy is vitally important for Ireland - the latter enjoys an overall trade surplus of about €2.5 billion with the UK, thanks to a large surplus on services as the goods balance is in deficit. File photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

The UK government has set June 23rd as the date for the “In-Out” referendum vote on Britain’s continued membership of the EU. Opinion polls are poin(...)

British foreign secretary Philip Hammond. “At different times the various Leave campaigns have suggested over 20 different models to choose from.” Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Every alternative to EU membership would leave Britain “weaker, less safe, and worse off”, a British government report has said. The document analys(...)

Literature loves an underdog: Oliver Twist, Lily Bart, Lennie Small, the Tortoise as he gradually overtakes the Hare. Sunil Yapa’s debut novel Your He(...)

Irish laws on plain packaging are due to come into force next year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A Singapore-based court has refused a challenge by Philip Morris to Australia’s landmark plain packaging legislation passed in 2011, which the tobacco(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny with British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street on Monday.

Ireland and Britain are tied together by reasons of family, history, free travel and trade. People are right to celebrate the improvement in our relat(...)

The WTO sees world trade growth of 2.8 per cent this year and 3.9 per cent in 2016

The World Trade Organization (WTO) cut its forecasts for global goods trade on Wednesday after quarterly growth turned negative, with trade shrinking (...)

The global tech industry sees the deal as a badly needed update to the rules governing the trade in everything from video game consoles to semiconductors.

The US, China and the EU are expected to sign up this week to what would be the biggest tariff agreement struck at the World Trade Organisation in al(...)

William Reinsch: “We believe trade rules should trump health and other policies and generally this [plain packaging] is the kind of thing that makes people raise an eyebrow and find worrisome”

Ireland will continue to be a leading beneficiary of US foreign direct investment (FDI) but risks alienating investors by backing plain packaging for (...)