Kate Burns on hard Brexit: “There is so much misinformation and naivety about it.” Photograph: Kate Burns/PA Wire

Kate Burns is a straight-talking, innovative businesswoman who runs a kelp-growing and processing industry on Rathlin island, off the coast of Co Antr(...)

Half of the beef produced in Ireland  goes to the UK as does  virtually all of the  mushrooms produced here.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) is to seek greater detail on plans for financial and other aid to its members in the event of a no-deal Brexit at (...)

Sammy Wilson, DUP MP in  his constituency office in Larne, Co Antrim: “For 40 years the IRA tried to separate us from the rest of UK but failed. In my opinion this agreement would separate us from the rest of the UK.”. Photograph: Liam McBurney for The Irish Times

Sammy Wilson is in great form sitting here in his Larne office. He is fighting fit and looking forward to Tuesday’s vote and, he is certain, the destr(...)

British prime minister Theresa May leaves after attending a church service near her Maidenhead constituency. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

British prime minister Theresa May warned lawmakers on Sunday that failing to deliver Brexit would be catastrophic for democracy, in a plea for suppo(...)

Britain’s Conservative MP and former foreign minister Boris Johnson at the Pendulum Summit in Dublin on January 10th: denies he is “hungering or thirsting” for Britain to exit the EU without a formal withdrawal agreement. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

The European Union and the UK should devise a back-up “standstill agreement” to avoid tariffs on cross-border goods trade in the event of a no-deal Br(...)

Joe Parker standing on his farm in Blacklion, Co Cavan.   Part of his farm is on the other side of Lough MacNean in Belcoo, Co Fermanagh. Photograph:  Andrew Paton

Farmer Joe Parker drives at quite a lick, slicing through the narrow country roads that straddle the Border between Fermanagh and Cavan. It’s a strugg(...)

The milk from 120 cows on PJ McMonagle’s farm near Raphoe, Co Donegal, crosses the Border twice before reaching shops across the State. PJ suppli(...)

The European Commission building in Brussels: The commission commits to continuing Irish peace process programmes and their funding. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

The EU has stepped up its planning for a no-deal Brexit scenario, with the European Commission on Wednesday publishing a schedule for temporary emerge(...)

A billboard features an image of China’s late former leader Deng Xiaoping in Shenzhen at the weekend. The Chinese government will continue a multi-year effort against pollution, poverty and financial sector risks, while underlining commitment to the multilateral global trading system,  President Xi Jinping said at a Beijing ceremony celebrating 40 years of reform and opening up. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

A major exhibition at Beijing’s National Museum, which celebrates 40 years of reform and opening up, credits late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping with ge(...)

A demonstrator carries a combined British and EU flag during an Anti-Tommy Robinson and Ukip rally in central London on December 9th, 2018. Photograph: Dylan Martinez

Most economic forecasts tend to say the same thing and most tend to be wrong. In the case of Ireland, the situation is further complicated by multinat(...)

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