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The best outcome from Ireland’s perspective would be the EEA option, where Britain enjoys access to the single market. Photograph: Stephanie LeCoq/EPA

The UK’s departure from the European Union could cause almost as much damage to the Irish economy as the financial crisis of 2008-2009, but over a lon(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a European Council meeting in Brussels after phase one of Brexit negotiations concluded. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq

The second phase of the Brexit talks is just kicking off. And just as we had come to terms with the jargon during the phase-one talks – all becoming e(...)

First minister for Wales Carwyn Jones: “Ministers in London have yet to show us any evidence of the benefits of leaving the single market and the customs union.” Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

The Welsh government has urged Theresa May to think again about taking Britain out of the single market and the customs union, warning that Wales woul(...)

The move to globalisation has fractured, with the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit vote seen in part as a political kickback, reflecting popular disillusionment of the trend to free trade and movement of people. Photograph: Getty Images

Brought in as head of GATT to rescue faltering world trade negotiations in July 1993, Peter Sutherland told the story of how he was greeted in his fir(...)

The late Peter Sutherland: was always emotionally engaged with his work, never a detached observer of it. Photograph: Frank Miller

Peter Sutherland had many gifts. Chief among them was a gift for friendship. He remembered his friends, thought about them often, was available to th(...)

Britain’s Brexit secretary David Davis, prime minister Theresa May, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. File photograph: Eric Vidal/Pool/EPA

The UK Cabinet is, at last, getting around to discussing the sort of trade agreement it wants to have with the EU after it has left. It intends to ma(...)

Greenpeace International recently revealed correspondence estimating 280,000 tons a year of UK plastic packaging would be affected by the ban. Photograph: Getty Images

The global waste industry is about to be thrown into turmoil as China is set to implement its threat to shut its door on almost all categories of plas(...)

David Davis  on The Andrew Marr Show.

The Government has hit back at a British government suggestion that a deal reached on the post-Brexit Border was a “statement of intent” rather than “(...)

Given the typical age profile of the average Brexiteer, it is ironic that one of the more arcane details of Friday’s agreement is that most of them will be dead by the time the European Court of Justice is no longer involved in British affairs.  Photograph: Getty Images

The old cliche is apposite: the best strategy in the world rarely survives first contact with the enemy. One of the many problems facing the British g(...)

A video grab  shows British secretary of state for exiting the European Union  David Davis, as he speaks at a parliamentary Exiting the European Union Committee in London. Photograph: Getty

UK Brexit secretary David Davis has confirmed that his government has not conducted sector-by-sector studies on the impact of leaving the EU, telling (...)

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