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EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier welcomed the British decision to finally put forward a text on the Irish Border, but he questioned the time-limited nature of the proposal. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was wise to give a cautious welcome to the British government’s time-limited plan to avoid a hard border between the Republic a(...)

European Union Chief Negotiator in charge of Brexit negotiations Michel Barnier speaks in Brussels on June 8, 2018. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

The extension of the mooted Northern Ireland backstop on an all-UK basis proposed by prime minister Theresa May will not be possible, the UK was told (...)

Friends of Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson said it was “sad and very disappointing” that his remarks were given to media. Photograph: Reuters/Toby Melville

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson’s attempt to play down the significance of concerns about the Border in Brexit talks has been criticised by Ta(...)

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Wednesday. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

Pope Francis will pay a brief visit to the Marian Shrine at Knock, Co Mayo, and may meet prisoners and clerical abuse survivors, as part of his visit (...)

UK Brexit secretary David Davis, a hard Brexiteer who threatened resignation if the backstop was not time-limited. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

So what is this latest thing to have happened in all this Brexit business? After months of awaiting a British response to the EU’s draft proposa(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster has criticisedTaoiseach Leo Varadkar’s decision to open the Féile an Phobail festival in Belfast. Photograph: Eric Luke

DUP leader Arlene Foster added her voice to criticism of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s decision to open a festival in Belfast because of the links between (...)

 The UK government is committed to avoiding a ‘hard’ Border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Photograph: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

What is the Irish ‘backstop’? The UK government is committed to avoiding a “hard” Border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, given that the cu(...)

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has agreed its moderator should meet  Pope Francis during his two-day visit here in August.  Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has agreed its moderator should meet Pope Francis when he visits Ireland in August, while it has also loosened ties(...)

Abortion rights campaigner Sarah Ewart  outside the Supreme Court in London. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

A Belfast woman who travelled to Britain for an abortion is to take a case to the High Court in her home city after campaigners lost a UK supreme cour(...)

Anti-abortion demonstrators protest outside the supreme court in London before it ruled  on an appeal against Northern Ireland’s abortion laws. Photograph: Ben Stanstall/AFP/Getty Images

The opinion of a majority on the UK supreme court that Northern Ireland’s ban on abortion, even in cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality,(...)

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