Customs Union

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European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: London’s priority is to negotiate a future relationship with the EU allowing it to trade freely without any borders. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Ostensibly, the Irish protocol to the EU’s draft Withdrawal Agreement is simply about honouring – or “operationalising” in legal language – the UK’s p(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster.  Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

Unionist and nationalist politicians in Northern Ireland offered polarised responses to the European Union’s draft proposal for a post-Brexit “common (...)

Denis McShane: Most obvious threat is the end of the common customs union between the UK and its EU partners including Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish politicians should seek to mobilise Irish business leaders in the UK to campaign for a soft Brexit to ensure that Ireland does not suffer the so(...)

Britain will on Tuesday seek to reassure the EU that it will not lower regulatory standards after Brexit, promising to lead “a race to the top” in glo(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and European Council president Donald Tusk: Mr Erdogan’s authoritarian methods have been a convenient excuse for long-fingering EU accession discussions. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

Customs union. “The” customs union. “A” customs union.  We speak of little else here these days. Of an evening, over a half of blonde in one of t(...)

The best outcome from Ireland’s perspective would be the EEA option, where Britain enjoys access to the single market. Photograph: Stephanie LeCoq/EPA

The UK’s departure from the European Union could cause almost as much damage to the Irish economy as the financial crisis of 2008-2009, but over a lon(...)

Screengrab from UK’s Parliamentary Recording Unit footage showing British prime minister Theresa May pointing towards Boris Johnson. Photograph: AFP Photo/PRU

The Government fears that patience with the UK is running out in EU capitals and expects difficulties translating December’s political guarantees on t(...)

First minister for Wales Carwyn Jones: “Ministers in London have yet to show us any evidence of the benefits of leaving the single market and the customs union.” Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

The Welsh government has urged Theresa May to think again about taking Britain out of the single market and the customs union, warning that Wales woul(...)

 Andrew Edmiston: “If 60 per cent of our trade is with Europe, but Europe is only 17 per cent of world trade, then we’re doing rubbish with the rest of the world.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Andrew Edmiston is not just pro-Brexit, he’s hard Brexit. And he put his money where his mouth is, donating £1 million to the Leave campaign during th(...)

In a speech in Strasbourg, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  said the EU was “the outcome of one of the greatest acts of political creativity in all of human history”. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has sought to defend Ireland’s controversial corporation tax system, saying EU member states should be retain the ability to se(...)

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