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Brexit negotiations are now expected to advance to the next stage which focuses on the transition period after Brexit takes effect in March 2019 and on the future EU-UK relationship. Photograph: Getty Images

The deal reached between the European Commission and the British government on Friday paves the way for a much softer Brexit than had been initially e(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May: has said that, during the implementation period, people can expect things to be broadly similar to how they are now. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

The British government has played down the implications of a promise of “full alignment” of policies to support an all-island economy in Ireland if ot(...)

 Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney during  a press conference in Dublin after the deal was agreed. Photograph:  Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The commitments made by Britain to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland are “politically bullet-proof” and “cast iron”, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar(...)

 European Council president Donald Tusk delivers an acceptance speech after he was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Pecs in  Hungary. Photograph: Tamas Soki

After helping Britain move a little closer to the EU exit early on Friday, European Council president Donald Tusk flew east to focus on the future of (...)

British prime minister Theresa May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Friday. How May can resolve the contradictoins at the heart of her Brexit policy remains an open question. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Brussels is famous for its chocolate but, as the deal on phase one of the Brexit talks reminds us, it is also a leading producer of high-grade fudge. (...)

Lead author Edmund Gilbert of the RCSI says the research shows Ireland acts as a sink of Celtic ancestry, with its genetically closest continental European population lying in the Breton region in northwestern France. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The next time a Cork man tells you he’s from the People’s Republic, or a Kerryman declares that he is from the Kingdom and is, therefore, special, pay(...)

“I know people who eat this stuff,” Clarkson  says bitterly over a piece of lettuce. “They’re called women”

There may be only one way to see The Grand Tour (Amazon Prime, now streaming), the successor to Clarkson-Hammond-May’s mid-life-crisis motoring show T(...)

A disused customs post at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in Middletown, Co. Armagh. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Friday’s agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom on the first phase of the Brexit negotiations is a major achievement, especially (...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May is welcomed by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

With the signing off on Friday by the UK and the European Commission on a joint summary of the Brexit divorce talks for approval at next week’s summit(...)

Trains sit idle on the platforms at Heuston Station, Dublin last month  during a  second one-day strike by Irish Rail train drivers over pay and conditions. Photograph: PA

Workers at Irish Rail have strongly backed proposals aimed at resolving a dispute over pay at the company which led to two 24-hour strikes last month.(...)

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