Irish fears of hard Brexit rise as talks hit ‘disturbing’ impasse

Latest round of talks end with no sign of progress hoped for after May’s Florence speech

Demonstrators fly a European Union flag and a Union Jack outside  the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London,  October 12th, 2017. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Demonstrators fly a European Union flag and a Union Jack outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London, October 12th, 2017. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Fears are growing in the Government that political uncertainty in London and growing impatience in the EU are together increasing the prospect of a very hard Brexit, although Dublin believes that a breakthrough before Christmas is still possible.

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