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UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab indicated he was still trying to persuade all members of the Cabinet that Theresa May’s Chequers agreement was ‘the best plan to get the best deal’. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

The UK could refuse to pay its €39 billion divorce bill to Brussels if it does not get a trade deal, Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has signalled. Mr (...)

Pipe sections for  Nord Stream 2: Gazprom  plans to open the taps at the Russian end of the 1,200km-long pipeline in late 2019. Photograph: Jens Köhler/ullstein bild via Getty Images

Lubmin is a picturesque resort on Germany’s Baltic Sea coast that boasts a long stretch of sandy beach bordered by soft dunes and a lush pine forest. (...)

Colin Walsh won last year’s Francis McManus short story prize but says that if you look at the economics of writing, it doesn’t really bode well.

Franz Kafka lived in obscurity and died of the starvation caused by his tuberculosis. William Blake is buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave. Patrick K(...)

Theresa May delivers a speech at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, on Friday. The British prime minister challenged the EU to reply to last week’s British government White Paper. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the British prime minister Theresa May differed sharply on the Border backstop on Friday, with Mr Varadkar saying it was t(...)

If there is a no-deal Brexit,  Britain will leave the EU and all its accompanying regulations and treaties,  including in the area of air travel. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/ Bloomberg

For many in the aviation industry and in Europe, the Taoiseach’s comment that UK planes “would not fly” in the event of a no-deal Brexit was nothing m(...)

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier chats with Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney ahead of a meeting at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

There is an urgent need to see progress on the Irish backstop in the next month, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said. S(...)

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier chats with Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, prior to the General Affairs Council meeting at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

The British Brexit White Paper is largely unworkable and raises fundamental questions for the European Union, Michel Barnier has warned. The EU’s chi(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking  to the media at Derrynane House, Kerry this week Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was branded an “airhead” and an “EU Toady” on the front page of the UK tabloid the Sun on Friday morning. The insults are a re(...)

 British Prime Minister Theresa May, takes a question from journalists after delivering a speech in Belfast. Photograph: EPA/Aidan Crawley

British prime minister Theresa May has reiterated her rejection of the Brexit backstop proposal and challenged the European Union to respond to her Wh(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

The Taoiseach’s confidence that preparations for Border controls in Ireland are unnecessary, regardless of whether the UK secures a Brexit deal or not(...)

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