Simon Coveney: “There will be no withdrawal agreement without the backstop, end of story.” File photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Reneging on the “backstop” by the United Kingdom to avoid a hard border after Brexit could open parts of the withdrawal treaty already agreed to reneg(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May and her husband Philip arrive for a church service near to her Maidenhead constituency on Sunday. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

The UK would accept a possible extension to its post-Brexit transition period with the European Union if the bloc drops its demand for an Irish backst(...)

European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier walks with UUP MEP Jim Nicholson prior to a meeting at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium October 9th, 2018. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/Reuters

In probably his last annual conference as an MEP, Jim Nicholson told Ulster Unionist Party members on Saturday that he voted “Remain” in the Brexit vo(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader Robin Swann. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire.

Politics is “deeply broken” in Northern Ireland and it is clear there is no possibility of the restoration of Stormont anytime soon, the Ulster Unioni(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and UK prime minister Theresa May: If talks fail, we face new trading arrangements being introduced overnight. Photograph: PA

The trouble with political negotiations is that they often end up with a messy compromise. And when you are trying to skirt around everyone’s red line(...)

Eamon Devlin of Dev-Oil on Concession Road. Photograph: Alan Betson

The N53 Castleblayney to Dundalk road slices through the southern tip of Co Armagh. Travelling from Monaghan, the road enters Northern Ireland where (...)

UK prime minister Theresa May with other leaders during a summit at the European Council in Brussels. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Theresa May returned to London on Friday after three days in Brussels that brought her no closer to a Brexit deal and left many of her own MPs at West(...)

Stanley Johnson: “If the Irish want to shoot each other they will shoot each other whether there’s a hard  border or whether there’s a soft border.” Photograph: Ian West/PA

If only because of his own family history, Stanley Johnson should have known better than that blithe dismissal of concerns about the post-Brexit Borde(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk and Britain’s prime minister Theresa May talk after a group photo-opportunity  in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The security checks at Heathrow Airport are divided into three lanes: the United Kingdom and Ireland, Europe, and then International. Brexit metaphors(...)

Minister for Business Heather Humphreys,  Tánaiste  Simon Coveney TD and Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee at a Brexit workshop in Co Monaghan on Friday. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography.

The United Kingdom should not see the European Union’s willingness to extend the post-Brexit transition period in order to resolve the Irish Border is(...)

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