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Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney (left) walks with European Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier, prior to a meeting in Brussels on Monday. Photograph:  AFP/Pool

The UK has agreed that the “backstop” guarantee to avoid a hard Irish Border should be included in the draft Brexit treaty and that it will apply unle(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: A spokesman for him said the remaining 27 EU member states ‘have been consistent that there can be no backsliding on any part of December’s agreement’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

EU negotiators will this week insist the British abandon their hardline position and show a willingness to commit to the so-called backstop guaranteei(...)

The Bank of England’s warning  comes a week before a key European Council meeting on Brexit. Photograph: iStock

The Bank of England warned that regulatory authorities and politicians in both the UK and the European Union are not doing enough to prevent the “mate(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: Donald  Trump also signed on to an unusually strong statement that accused Russia of being behind the “first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the second world war”. Photograph:  Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP/Getty Images

Nato’s leading powers closed ranks against Vladimir Putin on Thursday as the US unveiled new sanctions against Moscow and joined with France and Germa(...)

Irish boats catch nearly half of the total value of annual quotas in British waters, and Britain is one of the most important markets for exports.  Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Former Bord Iascaigh Mhara chairman Joey Murrin has criticised Minister for Agriculture and Marine Michael Creed over Brexit negotiations, accusing hi(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk at Government Buildings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Issues relating to Ireland must be dealt with first in Brexit negotiations in advance of all other matters, European Council president Donald Tusk has(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk speaking to the press in Senningen, Luxembourg. A draft of the broad principles of a post-Brexit free trade agreement between the EU and UK was sent out  by Mr Tusk to member states for their approval. Photograph: Reuters

The UK’s Brexit red lines have severely circumscribed EU options for any future deal, European Council president Donald Tusk warned London on Wednesda(...)

Britain’s finance minister Philip Hammond: Deal on financial services is “very much in our mutual interest”. Photography: Stefan Rousseau/Pool

The British government has played down the significance of the European Union’s latest draft negotiating guidelines, which reject Theresa May’s propos(...)

EU president Donald Tusk   in Senningen on March 7th,  during which he laid out draft guidelines for negotiations on post-Brexit ties. Photograph Emmanuel Dunand/Getty Images

“How often have I said to you,” Sherlock Holmes asks Watson, “that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must(...)

European Council President Donald Tusk speaks during a press conference in Senningen. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

The European Council has said that a future trading relationship between the EU and the UK can only be agreed if commitments already made by London ar(...)

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