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If it proves impossible to secure  a comprehensive trade deal then the UK has promised  it will maintain  regulatory alignment between North and South in areas crucial to preserving North South co-operation and linked to the Good Friday agreement. Photograph: PA

The Northern Ireland provisions of the agreement signed on Friday morning between the European Commission and the UK sacrifice a degree of certainty a(...)

“The problem that the Brexiteers most relentlessly ignored has come to determine the entire shape of their project”

Let’s not understate the import of what Ireland has just achieved. It has not just secured an outcome that minimises the damage of Brexit on this isla(...)

Deal means North will not be separated ‘constitutionally, politically, economically or regulatory from the rest of the United Kingdom’, said Arlene Foster. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster said in a statement on Friday “We cautioned the prime minister about proceeding with this agreeme(...)

British prime minister Theresa May attends a news conference at the European Commission building in Brussels on Friday. Photograph: Bloomberg

The final wording of the agreement between the UK and the EU negotiators preserves the promise of full regulatory alignment between North and South, a(...)

 Britain’s secretary of state for Brexit  David Davis (left), Britain’s prime minister Theresa May (second left), European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (second right)and European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (right) meet at the European Commission in Brussels, on Friday morning. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said a deal reached this morning between the UK and the EU Brexit negotiating team contains a “politically bullet-proof” agreem(...)

British prime minister Theresa May may travel to Brussels on Friday to conclude a deal with commission president Jean-Claude Juncker if the Irish, British and EU teams can agree on language. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

The Irish and British governments were moving towards a new agreement on the post-Brexit border on Thursday night which would satisfy both Dublin and (...)

Two years ago, a woman in Northern Ireland was given a three-month suspended sentence for buying abortion pills. Photograph: iStock

Fewer women from Northern Ireland are travelling to England for an abortion because they are increasingly buying abortion pills online, the British Pr(...)

Police stand at the entrance of the Marie Stopes clinic as anti-abortion protestors hold up placards outside the Belfast clinic in October 2012. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

During its five years of life, the Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast dealt with thousands of women. The oldest was 52; the youngest was 13 who had become(...)

Boris Johnson says it is time for the negotiations to move on to the future relationship between Britain and the European Union. Photograph: Jack Taylor

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson has warned British prime minister Theresa May against agreeing to any special arrangement for Northern Ireland(...)

One of three Christmas 2017 stamps issued by An Post, featuring original artwork by Liz Rackard

If you’ve got friends or family living abroad, and you’d like to send them a Christmas card or gift, you’d better get your skates on. Today is the l(...)

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