Customs Union

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The Holyhead ferry terminal on the Island of Anglesey in Wales: “Even a native of Anglesey in Wales such as myself must admit that by bypassing Holyhead, they are not missing much.” File photograph:  Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

The Holyhead boat is not what is it used to be. In decades past, the often-challenging conditions on the 70 or so miles of sea separating Ireland from(...)

Britain’s Brexit secretary David Davis, prime minister Theresa May, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. File photograph: Eric Vidal/Pool/EPA

The UK Cabinet is, at last, getting around to discussing the sort of trade agreement it wants to have with the EU after it has left. It intends to ma(...)

A remarkable feature of the phase one Brexit discussions was the manner in which the EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, skilfully ensured that the 27 remaining states maintained a cohesion and unity of purpose. Photograph: Getty Images

When EU leaders at their December summit finally opened the second chapter of the great Brexit negotiations saga, two great imponderables hung over th(...)

An anti-Brexit protester stands outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

The relief in Brussels was palpable. Despite its ambiguities and conditionalities, notably on Ireland, the phase-one divorce deal on key priorities re(...)

The European Council is due to review last week’s Brexit developments at its summit on Thursday, December 14th.

A status-quo transition period for when the UK leaves the EU would be the best way of providing business with certainty, an alliance of business group(...)

British Brexit secretary David Davis on the BBC’s ‘Andrew Marr Show’. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC via Getty

EU Brexit negotiators have expressed doubts about the feasibility of the UK’s pledge to avoid a hard Border in Ireland after Brexit. In a briefing p(...)

Given the typical age profile of the average Brexiteer, it is ironic that one of the more arcane details of Friday’s agreement is that most of them will be dead by the time the European Court of Justice is no longer involved in British affairs.  Photograph: Getty Images

The old cliche is apposite: the best strategy in the world rarely survives first contact with the enemy. One of the many problems facing the British g(...)

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 (...)

There has been a warm welcome to the agreement on the border by business groups in Ireland and the UK

Business leaders across Ireland and the UK have welcomed news of a Brexit breakthrough on the border, but warned that urgent progress must now be made(...)

British prime minister Theresa May attends a news conference at the European Commission building in Brussels on Friday. Photograph: Bloomberg

The final wording of the agreement between the UK and the EU negotiators preserves the promise of full regulatory alignment between North and South, a(...)

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