Leaves you speechless:
I am hearing that Irish Gov Exports Credit Guarantee Scheme requires +2% fee for participation to be paid by SMEs.
Risk-weighting of such schemes=0%, as this is a de facto re-insurance scheme with Government assuming liability only in third teer in the worst case scenario.
UK equivalent Scheme=-1%.
Thus Irish-UK differential for companies successfully exporting = +3% surcharge to the disadvantage for Irish SMEs.
Really, it appears we do tax our SMEs successes and then call this 'support' policy!