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(...)

Effigies of UK politicians: ESRI says if the UK left leaves the EU without a deal, growth in Ireland may be cut to 2.6 per cent from an otherwise 4.2 per cent. Photograph: Andy Rain

A no-deal Brexit could almost halve Irish economic growth next year, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has warned. In its latest econ(...)

A disorderly or no-deal Brexit with the imposition of World Trade Organisation tariffs raises the prospect of sharp increases in costs for Irish importers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

The impact of Brexit on the Irish economy is likely to be more keenly felt on the import side with new figures showing the UK was Republic’s biggest i(...)

US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping with advisers at a working dinner after the G20 leaders’ summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Co-operation is the best choice for China and the US, Chinese president Xi Jinping told US president Donald Trump during a Saturday dinner meeting in (...)

More than half of all Irish beef is exported to the UK at present. Photograph: Getty Images

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has said that there is nothing in its rules that would force either the EU or UK to erect a hard Irish border after(...)

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