British prime minister Boris Johnson must decide by June whether to request a delay. Photograph: Eddie Mullholland/EPA

Such is the speed with which coronavirus has hit that the dominant story of 2019 – Brexit – has disappeared from the headlines. However, as of now the(...)

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and the British prime minister’s Europe adviser David Frost in Brussels on March 2nd. Photograph: Oliver Hoslet/Reuters

The European Union released a draft of its hoped-for future relationship deal with Britain on Wednesday, setting out ambitions for a tight relationshi(...)

Michel Barnier: “An agreement is possible, even if difficult,” he said in Brussels. Photograph: Francois Walschaerts/AFP via Getty Images

It will be tough to reach a deal between the European Union and Britain to govern their post-Brexit relationship but it can be done, negotiators said (...)

David O’Sullivan’s last official posting was as EU ambassador to the US from 2014-2019. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The EU and UK could agree a “device” to extend the transition period if talks fail to secure a trade deal by the July 1st deadline, a former European (...)

Chief Brexit negotiators Michel Barnier (right) with David Frost at the start of post-Brexit trade talks. Photograph: AP

Negotiating teams for Britain and the European Union met for the first round of talks on the future relationship between the bloc and its former membe(...)

Dublin Port: under World Trade Organisation rules and tariffs, meat exports to the UK would be taxed at close to 50 per cent and dairy products at over 30 per cent. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Negotiators for Britain and the European Union meet for the first time on Monday to begin hashing out the future relationship between the UK and the w(...)

Cabinet office minister Michael Gove continues to insist that there will be no ‘border in the Irish Sea’. Photograph: AFP Photo / PRU

And they’re off. Or they will be on Monday when the Brexit trade talks start in Brussels. And for Irish businesses and the economy, one thing is alrea(...)

Chris Patten delivered a lecture in Dublin in honour of the late businessman and statesman Peter Sutherland. File photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty

Former British Conservative Party chairman Chris Patten says he is “amazed” that the UK government regards a “level playing field” with the EU as “an (...)

Bulgaria’s prime minister Boyko Borisov: critics accuse him of trying to curry favour with the West amid corruption allegations.  Photograph:  Ludovic Marin

A string of lurid spying and corruption scandals has soured the traditionally warm relations between Russia and Bulgaria, prompting Moscow’s foreign i(...)

Boris Johnson has said that the UK is determined to escape EU regulations and the oversight of EU courts, but has also said the UK does not intend to slash standards.

  The EU and UK have outlined their priorities for the Brexit trade talks, which are now under way. What is at stake here? The negotiation(...)

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