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A hard Brexit is less threatening to the survival of the EU than a soft “cherry-picking” Brexit

When the UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016, even pessimists would not have predicted that 17 months after the British government triggered Article(...)

Britain’s Brexit minister Dominic Raab and EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: still have  “a mountain to climb”. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

The UK’s Brexit White Paper received a polite but firm kiss of death from  Michel Barnier on Thursday. Talks on the future economic relationship (...)

UK prime minister Theresa May in Brussels during the Nato summit. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

The EU has repeated the mantra for some time. If the UK loses some of its red lines, it will not find the EU wanting. Flexibility will be possible, as(...)

Helen Slater, from Bristol, joins anti-Brexit demonstrators as they wave European Union and Union flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Rick Findler/PA Wire

A “temporary little arrangement” (TLA) was how Albert Reynolds described the Fianna Fáil-PD coalition of the late 1980s. A necessary, but grubby compr(...)

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Friday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/Pool Photo via AP

The headline of one tabloid screamed “Brexit back on course”. The polite reception in Brussels – and Dublin – for the UK’s latest Brexit paper o(...)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with Prof Deirdre Heenan  and shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland Tony Lloyd during a visit to Lifford Bridge on the Irish Border. Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA

Jeremy Corbyn came to Derry yesterday before later crossing briefly over the bridge linking Strabane in County Tyrone with Lifford in County Donegal, (...)

Belgian prime minister Charles Michel    and Minister for Business Heather Humphreys on the Louth/Down Border. Photograph: EPA

Ireland will examine “reasonable” proposals from the British government on how to avoid a hard border after Brexit, but time is running out for such m(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney categorically ruled out some of the technical solutions to the Border issue that have been advanced from the British government. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/EPA

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has insisted the Government will be “inflexible” on any border infrastructure but said Ireland was open to any “new thinking” f(...)

European chief negotiator on Brexit Michel  Barnier  speaking to media in Derry during a visit to Northern Ireland in May. Photograph: Trevor McBride

The EU-UK discussions on the future of the Border are taking place in two separate strands of the Brexit talks. First there are the “divorce” talks o(...)

Dr Graham  Gudgin and Ray Basset claim in “Getting Over the Line: Solutions to the Irish Border” the UK government should pursue the maximum facilitation (max-fac) arrangement – which involves using new technologies – to break through the Brexit impasse. Photograph: Brian O’Leary/RollingNews.ie

A UK/EU free trade agreement and technical solutions to Border crossings would enable the UK to leave the single market and customs union “while prese(...)

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