Paschal Donohoe  with Christine Lagarde: the Minister is in Washington for meetings with senior officials from the Trump administration and   the IMF. Photograph: Marty Katz/ washingtonphotographer.com

There is no scope to reopen Britain’s withdrawal agreement with the European Union, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said. In a speech to the(...)

Lisbon treaty posters in Dorset Street, Dublin in 2008: initial objections centred on neutrality. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Reports from London and Brussels suggest that the British government will seek guarantees or declarations about the future of the backstop. There ar(...)

Theresa May (L) shakes hands with Angela Merkel ahead of talks at the Chancellery in Berlin on Tuesday. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

British prime minister Theresa May will travel to Dublin on Wednesday as her efforts to save her floundering Brexit deal continue. Having postponed a(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May returns to Downing Street after postponing the parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal. Photograph: Ben  Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Theresa May will start a tour of European capitals on Tuesday to ask for improvements to the Brexit agreement after she called off a parliamentary vot(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and HRI chief executive Brian Kavanagh. Mr Kavanagh has said there are no border inspection points for equines at any of the Irish seaports. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A nightmare scenario in which a no-deal Brexit effectively brings the movement of horses between Ireland and the UK to a stop has been outlined by Iri(...)

Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune said in total 8,000 European local authorities will be able to benefit from the scheme between now and 2020. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Local authorities which will receive funding for free wifi hotspots in public spaces have been named by the European Commission. The EU is making €1(...)

Simon Coveney says the backstop was ‘fair and balanced, a ‘middle ground measure’ that is a fallback position as a last resort. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Insisting that the Brexit withdrawal treaty is not up for renegotiation, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has again vigorously defended the (...)

The court ruling comes ahead of Tuesday’s crunch vote on the British prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Photograph: Photograph Andy Rain/EPA

The European Union’s top court has found that the EU treaties do allow the UK unilaterally to change its mind and to withdraw its Article 50 applicati(...)

UK Independence Party  and pro-Brexit supporters at the “Brexit Betrayal” march in London on Sunday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Theresa May is under growing pressure to postpone Tuesday’s vote on her Brexit deal and to attempt to persuade the European Union to renegotiate it. B(...)

Romanian president Klaus Iohannis salutes the honour guard during a military parade marking 100th Romania’s Great Union Day, in Bucharest. Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

Romanian president Klaus Iohannis has called for a renewed fight against corruption, as his battle with the country’s scandal-plagued government cloud(...)

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