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 British prime minister Theresa May and Leo Varadkar will hold a bilateral meeting on the margins of a summit in Gothenburg, Sweden. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Government wants a commitment from Britain that there will be no hard Border in Ireland even in the event of the United Kingdom leaving the Europe(...)

Business leaders including Ibec chief Danny McCoy (second business leader from left) arrive at 10 Downing Street to meet British prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Theresa May has urged European business leaders to persuade their governments to accelerate negotiations on Britain’s trade relationship with the Euro(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar   said he wanted to see the UK’s proposal for avoiding a hard Border in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the British government needs to come up with a solution to avoiding a hard Border on the island of Ireland if it wants the(...)

British prime minister Theresa May: her Brexit her team is working on different scenarios that would see her considerably increase the €20 billion she has already allocated for the EU divorce bill. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

British prime minister Theresa May is ready to increase Britain’s offer to the EU over the Brexit divorce bill, after signs that the hard Eurosceptics(...)

Fiach Kelly Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said it is “likely” that European Union leaders will give the go-ahead for Brexit talks to proceed to the nex(...)

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny at NUI Galway  where he was conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the National University of Ireland. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will not be standing for the Dáil again, and dismissed the prospect of taking on some senior positions in the (...)

Catalan separatist flags are held up as fireworks go off in Sant Jaume Square in front of the Catalan regional government headquarters during celebratrions after the Catalan regional parliament declared independence from Spain in Barcelona. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The Spanish government has this evening dissolved Catalonia’s cabinet after the region voted earlier today for independence from Madrid, prime ministe(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk during  a debate on the outcome of last week’s European summit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

In the latest iteration of the now familiar “the ball is in your court” series of Brexit exchanges, European Council president Donald Tusk has told th(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and French president Emmanuel Macron clashed in a discussion at the European Council last week over another idea favoured by France, a potential digital tax. Photograph: Tom Honan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will discuss Brexit and the future direction of the European Union with French president Emmanuel Macron during their first bil(...)

‘The fundamental difference between the UK vision of what this is about and the Franco-German view is that the British still think this is a negotiati(...)

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