French president Emmanuel Macron poses for a selfie with volunteers and spectators at  the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn.  Photograph: EPA

The model of the Citizens Assembly should be adopted internationally so politicians and citizens can consider difficult issues on actions to counter c(...)

‘Northern Ireland could not mirror Hong Kong and become a link between the EU and the UK.’ Photograph: Getty Images

One of the great British delusions is that the UK is a bridge between Europe and America. This belief seems so culturally self-evident it is barely qu(...)

Farmer John Sheridan estimates that about one-fifth of the 5,000 jobs in Northern Ireland’s beef processing industry would be lost in a hard Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson

A group of businesspeople from Northern Ireland and the Border counties travelled to Dublin on Wednesday to warn about the impact of Brexit on their a(...)

London skyline: Investment banks including Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citigroup revealed during the summer that they plan to expand their Irish operations as they prepare for the UK to quit the EU in March 2019. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA

Banking lobby group UK Finance has called for the establishment of an “ambitious” free-trade agreement to preserve cross-border financial services bet(...)

Thumbs up from Donald Trump: the US economy may grow more than 4 per cent  this year. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Usually a surging US economy is reflected in strong approval ratings for the president. So why are President Donald Trump’s poll ratings so low, despi(...)

We have some leverage now on the Border issue. We can’t let is quietly slip down the order of priorities if these talks are to progress as this could potentially leave us exposed to pressure to compromise somewhere down the road

Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney are facing their first big call in the Brexit talks. What assurances do they need on the Irish Border to be able to giv(...)

 President Higgins speaking on the last day of his State visit to New Zealand. Photograph: Maxwells

President Michael D Higgins has said New Zealand and Ireland face a similar set of problems in tackling climate change and the two nations should not (...)

Former trade chief Pascal Lamy. “This is not poetry. This is business, and we have to be realistic.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The idea that there will be a frictionless border between the Republic and Northern Ireland when Britain leaves the European Union (EU) is a “fairy ta(...)

Prime minister Theresa May makes a statement to MPs in the House of Commons. Photograph: PA Wire

Theresa May has signalled there will be no transitional period to prevent a “cliff-edge” Brexit unless the UK manages to agree a deal with the EU on t(...)

Britain’s secretary of state for international trade Liam Fox: “How much does the European Commission and the European elite want to punish Britain for having the audacity to use our legal rights to leave the European Union?” Photograph: EPA

Brexit talks on a future trade relationship will only be complicated if the European Union decides to “punish Britain for having the audacity” to leav(...)

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