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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (right) with British prime minister Boris Johnson during a Brexit summit in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

To avoid a hard border in Ireland, the new Brexit deal means Northern Ireland will remain in the UK customs territory legally but practically it will (...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson onboard a lighthouse tender  on the river Thames. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Boris Johnson has said it is “absolutely not true” that he misled the queen over his reasons for proroguing parliament, after a Scottish court ruled t(...)

Police recovered a samurai sword after stopping a car in east Belfast.

A man has been injured after being attacked with a samurai sword. Two men were arrested following an altercation in Glynn Road, Larne, on Sunday afte(...)

PSNI: “We really need the public to help us and report anything suspicious.”

Police have recovered two ATMs after they were removed from a supermarket in Ballymena. Officers were alerted to the Larne Link Road theft at around(...)

John Hume at the announcement of the Belfast Agreement in 1998, a deal he roughly outlined to British officials eight years earlier. Photograph: Alan Betson

On April 10th, 1998, the Irish and British governments signed the Belfast Agreement in Northern Ireland, bringing peace talks to an end. Below is th(...)

 The border crossing-point from Louth  as  through the southern most tip of Co Armagh. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

It is still not clear how the necessary checks would be made on animals and food entering the Republic from the North after a no-deal Brexit, despite (...)

 Leo Varadkar speaks to the press after a meeting with the French president on April 2nd. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty

The Government’s strategy ahead of a crucial Brexit week is based on two pillars – strong support for an extension to the UK’s exit date and a damage-(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a press event in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that he expects the provisions of the backstop, including customs checks at Northern Ireland ports, will be put in pla(...)

 A change in road markings marking the Border between the Republic  and Northern Ireland, outside the town of Middletown. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

If there is a no-deal Brexit, the UK immediately leaves the EU trading bloc. This means controls would be needed on goods entering the EU single marke(...)

Trade experts say that technological solutions and advanced procedures can reduce the need for physical border controls and checks but not eliminate them. Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Everyone is agreed that they don’t want a return to a hard Irish Border. But behind this apparent unanimity lies a world of a difference in defining w(...)

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