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Press Statement


07 November 2017

Brexit Indicators: Ireland and the UK in numbers

The CSO has launched today a dedicated page on their website to track key indicators on the relationship between Ireland and the United Kingdom. The information is displayed graphically and links directly to the CSO databank so that the most recent data available is always shown.

Go to page Brexit Indicators: Ireland and the UK in numbers

The page being launched today complements the publication in December 2016 of the CSO report "Brexit: Ireland and the UK in numbers" and has data on Ireland's relationship with the UK for:

  • Trade in goods
  • Trade in services
  • Employment
  • Migration
  • Outbound travel (GB)
  • Inbound travel (GB)

Commenting on the publication, Senior Statistician Orla McCarthy said: "This webpage is a snapshot of the most recent CSO data on the United Kingdom for trade in goods, services, employment and migration and for travel to and from Great Britain. Over time we plan to add further topics and indicators of interest.

In August 2017, 23.8% of imported goods arrived from the UK while 13.3% of exported goods went to the UK. During 2016, 6.4% of all imports of services were from the UK while 16% of exports of services went to the UK.

In the year ending April 2017, 18.7% of all emigrants went to the UK and 22.1% of immigrants arrived from the UK. Just under 3% of all persons employed in Ireland in Q2 2017 were UK nationals.

More than a quarter (26.3%) of all outbound trips by Irish residents were to Great Britain in Q2 2017, while 14.3% of total expenditure by Irish residents on outbound travel was in Great Britain. Residents from Great Britain accounted for 38% of all overseas trips to Ireland in Q3 2017 and they accounted for 22.1% of all expenditure (excluding fares) in Q2 2017."

(Note: Rolling 12 month averages were used for trade in goods, outbound travel and inbound travel.)

For further information contact:

Helen Cahill (+353) 1 498 4253 or Orla McCarthy (+353) 1 498 4091

or email

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