Customs Union

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UK chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond (centre) meeting Gerry Mallon, chief executive of Ulster Bank (left) and Patrick Walsh, MD of Dogpatch Labs during a visit to the Dogpatch Labs co-working space in Dublin. Photograph: Maxwell Photography/PA Wire

The British chancellor of the exchequer has denied the UK’s preparations for Brexit have been “badly handled”. However, speaking on RTÉ television af(...)

“Customs checks on the land Border with the Republic” are inevitable after Brexit, according to the Nevin Economic Research Institute.

Northern Ireland would not benefit from staying in the EU single market if the rest of the UK leaves, according to an analysis from the Nevin Economic(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking at the All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke

It remains unclear what Brexit will mean for trade with the UK and the issue may not be clarified until late in the forthcoming negotiations. From an(...)

We have been lulled into a false sense of security by the UK’s buoyant post-Brexit economic data. It has all the look of a dead cat bounce

As you watch Conservative politicians outline their vision for a post-Brexit Britain this week you see the smiling faces and the practised phrases. “(...)

Among the first questions to be answered is whether Britain wants to remain part of the EU customs union after departure. Photograph: Getty Images

Brexiteers this week hailed a record rise in Britain’s services sector last month as evidence that pre-referendum warnings about the economic cost of (...)

George Galloway, a leading figure in the campaign to secure a British exit from the EU, and one of the most polarising politicians in the UK. Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Britain’s EU referendum is still four months away and the campaigning has scarcely begun, but the strengths and vulnerabilities of the two sides are a(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker gives a press conference to announce the attribution of portfolios of European Commissioners-designate at EU commission headquaters in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has unveiled the European Union executive for the 2014-2019 period. The team, which mus(...)

A Russian aid convoy of white trucks waits to enter Ukraine at a border control point with Ukraine in the Russian  Rostov region. Photograph: EPA.

The White House today denounced a Russian convoy’s move into Ukraine, calling it a flagrant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and saying Russia shoul(...)

A single tank participates in a military parade on Victory Day, marking the 69th anniversary of the Allies’ victory over Nazi Germany, in  Tiraspol city in the breakaway Transnistrian Republic. Photograph: EPA/STR

A senior Russian official ratcheted up pressure on Moldova yesterday warning that the impoverished former Soviet country would face sanctions if it(...)

People queue to receive ballot papers during the referendum on the status of the Donetsk region in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol yesterday. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Dmitry Pavlov stopped outside a polling station in central Donetsk, made no move to go in and pointed to the face on his T-shirt in explanation.“I put(...)

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