Angela Merkel and Theresa May in Berli on Tuesday. The German chancellor told deputies after their meeting she could envision offering additional “securities” to the UK but would not consider reopening the withdrawal treaty. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

Germany has insisted its support for the backstop in the Brexit withdrawal treaty remains firm, but declined to confirm this would remain the case in (...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney 	with students at Loreto Letterkenny: “All Government departments must give full priority to activating their plans for a no-deal or disorderly Brexit.”  Photograph: Julien Behal

The Government is to intensify its preparations for a no-deal Brexit in response to events in London, but much of the planning will not be made public(...)

Lisbon treaty posters in Dorset Street, Dublin in 2008: initial objections centred on neutrality. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Reports from London and Brussels suggest that the British government will seek guarantees or declarations about the future of the backstop. There ar(...)

Theresa May (L) shakes hands with Angela Merkel ahead of talks at the Chancellery in Berlin on Tuesday. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

British prime minister Theresa May will travel to Dublin on Wednesday as her efforts to save her floundering Brexit deal continue. Having postponed a(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May returns to Downing Street after postponing the parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal. Photograph: Ben  Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Theresa May will start a tour of European capitals on Tuesday to ask for improvements to the Brexit agreement after she called off a parliamentary vot(...)

If Theresa May then fails to get the deal through her parliament, then the prospect of a general election will increase. But with both major parties as incoherent and divided as the other on Brexit, that in itself would not resolve much.  Photograph: PARBUL/PA Wire

It seems oddly fitting, given the British government’s shambolic approach to Brexit over the past two years, that just as the Westminster parliament w(...)

Priti Patel: “Let’s take back control of borders, laws and  money.”

Conservative MP Priti Patel has said her comments about Britain preventing food imports to Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit have been “taken o(...)

Cargo trucks wait to embark ferries in front of the white cliffs at the Port of Dover. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Britain’s major Channel ports could face up to six months of delays and disruption after a no-deal Brexit, the British government warned on Friday. Ne(...)

 President Michael D Higgins, receives the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The UK could “sleep-walk off the cliff edge” with no deal on exiting the EU if Theresa May’s plan is rejected next week and she does not call off Brex(...)

 Theresa May at  a press conference at the end of European Council in Brussels, Belgium, on November 25th. File photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

British prime minister Theresa May has signalled that MPs could be given the power to decide whether the UK goes into a controversial Brexit backstop (...)

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