Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: urged businesses to prepare for Brexit, saying they should see the €3.4 billion of “scarce taxpayers’ money” the Government has earmarked for economic recovery post-Brexit as a sign that it sees the possibility of a “no trade deal Brexit” as a “very real risk”.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Striking a trade deal between the EU and the UK before the end of the transition period in 70 days is “doable but difficult”, Minister for Foreign Aff(...)

Michel Barnier referred to British “sovereignty” several times and called it “a legitimate concern of the government of Boris Johnson”. Photograph: EPA

Intensified negotiations between the European Union and Britain will begin on Thursday and “take place daily including weekends” in a race to reach a (...)

Open Orphan executive chairman Cathal Friel

A subsidiary of Irish-based Open Orphan has signed a contract with the UK government to develop a “human challenge” study model for Covid-19 in a bid (...)

 First minister of Wales Mark Drakeford after the  cabinet announced in Cardiff that Wales would  go into national lockdown from Friday until  November 9th. Photograph:   Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

Wales will enter a two-week lockdown on Friday, with people told to stay at home and schools closing along with bars, restaurants and non-food shops. (...)

Simon Coveney: he said  the migratory nature of fish stocks  meant they  belonged to everyone and needed to be managed effectively as a resource.  Photograph: Getty Images

Europe’s fishing industry will not be sacrificed to secure a free trade deal with the UK, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said. Altho(...)

European Commission’s  Michel Barnier and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: not enough progress to reach a deal with London. Photograph:  Virginia Mayo

Several European Union member states including France are stepping up preparations for a no-deal Brexit as talks with Britain reach a decisive moment.(...)

Customers   in the Richmond pub in Liverpool watch a statement by the British prime minister  Boris Johnson, as parts of the North of England brace  themselves for the most stringent Tier 3 controls. Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA

Boris Johnson’s coronavirus press conference in Downing Street on Monday night had the same setting, the same format and the same cast list as many th(...)

First Minister Arlene Foster sat Stormont. File photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire

Northern Ireland recorded three more deaths and 877 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday as Stormont Executive Ministers consider whether six-week lockdown(...)

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier departs at the terminal Eurostar in St Pancras Station in London. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

The European Union is seeking additional concessions from the UK before intensive negotiations can begin on finding a trade deal, an EU diplomat said (...)

Lorries at Dover due to industrial action in Calais: ‘I think we would be naive to think that they are just going to wave Irish trucks to the front of the queue out of some kind of good will gesture,’ the Minister for Foreign Affairs said. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

The Government is prepared to subsidise direct ferry routes to mainland Europe to ease the movement of goods in a post-Brexit trading environment, Min(...)

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