European Council president Charles Michel: ‘We have a way of working in order to guarantee the unity of the European countries, to guarantee the transparency and to try to keep a close co-operation with the United Kingdom.’ Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP Photo

Leaders of the EU27 on Friday gave the go-ahead to European Council president Charles Michel to rapidly prepare a negotiating mandate for talks on the(...)

 Polish European affairs minister Konrad Szymanski in Brussels: “reforms” of the judiciary are seen as undermining Polish independence. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

Hungary and Poland were on Tuesday fighting a rearguard action on two fronts against fellow EU member states’ attempts to find ways of sanctioning bre(...)

Current EU Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier: he has been reappointed to co-ordinate negotiations on the future relationship with the UK. Photograph: AP Photo/Michael Sohn

EU leaders have agreed to set aside time at their summit in Brussels next week to discuss launching the next phase of the Brexit process. Draft leade(...)

Northern  Secretary Julian Smith has suggested a revived Stormont Assembly could have a role to play in any new Brexit deal that had specific Northern Ireland elements.  File photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

A revived Stormont Assembly could have a role in achieving any new Brexit deal that had specific Northern Ireland elements, the Secretary of State for(...)

Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee. File photo. Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The EU Commission would consider a three-month delay to Brexit only if it breaks the deadlock over a divorce deal, Minister of State for European Affa(...)

Michel Barnier: his focus this week will be solely on completing the draft.  Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney on Monday welcomed the “rock-solid solidarity” manifested by EU ministers in Brussels at their(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May will travel to Brussels this week ahead of the summit to meet European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

European affairs ministers will hear a first strongly supportive response from EU capitals to the Brexit withdrawal agreement when they meet in Brusse(...)

Demonstrators in Albert Square in Manchester. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Despite an upbeat welcome in Brussels for the UK’s White Paper, the 27 EU member states have been warned to step up their contingency planning for a B(...)

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said that it was “the lead department on Brexit but across all the departments work is being done so that Ireland is prepared for all scenarios”.   Photograph: Brian O’Leary/RollingNews.ie

Government departments have been asked to provide contingency plans, including possible emergency legislation, in the event that the EU and UK do not (...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: text on first phase of Brexit talks “means, essentially, protecting the status quo”. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The text of what was agreed between the European Commission and Britain on the initial phase of the Brexit process is what should be heeded rather tha(...)

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