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US president Joe Biden’s administration made the call for the waiver amid WTO talks on easing trade rules. File photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP Photo/Bloomberg

US president Joe Biden’s administration is throwing its support behind efforts to waive intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines in an (...)

The coalition said people in developing countries need “urgent access” to vaccines and treatments. Photograph: Laura Hutton/ The Irish Times/ File

There “simply is no way” to defeat Covid-19 in Ireland without “united action worldwide”, an open letter to the Taoiseach from a coalition of Irish or(...)

UK chief negotiator David Frost leaving the UK ambassador’s residence in Brussels. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP Photo

Talk turned to how to limit the damage on January 1st as a resolution remained elusive in talks between the European Union and United Kingdom to set t(...)

Coast guards hand out bottles of water to lorry drivers parked on the M20 in Kent after the Port of Dover was closed. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

When Boris Johnson had his “excellent conversation” with Emmanuel Macron on Monday afternoon, they agreed to try to sort out the chaos at the border c(...)

European Commission’s Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier addresses the European Parliament in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/Pool Photo/AP.

Michel Barnier has been told by the European fishing industry that his latest offer to the UK amounts to selling coastal communities “down the river” (...)

Freight lorries queue to enter Dover port: “We have very little time remaining, just a few hours,” says  chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier. Photograph: Justin Tallis

Fisheries have proved to be the final stumbling block as negotiators try to conclude the final phase of talks on trade relations between the EU and UK(...)

Michael McCambridge, managing director of McCambridge’s, says they are pointing more towards the EU for anything they can get in the future rather than defaulting to the UK. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish bakeries have stockpiled flour, sourced alternative supplies from Europe and sought ways to minimise tariffs on British flour in preparation for(...)

Dominic Raab arrives in Downing Street on December 2nd. File photograph:  Peter Summers/Getty

The European Union has found “letting go of its control over the UK” very difficult, British foreign secretary Dominic Raab has said. Mr Raab, speak(...)

About 37 per cent of food exports, valued at €4.5 billion, go to the UK market each year, with beef – which sells nearly half its exports to the UK – being the most exposed.  Photograph: iStock

The Government is considering special measures to support food exporters to the UK in the event of no trade deal being reached between the EU and UK a(...)

The costs of so-called non-tariff barriers – the customs procedures, bureaucracy and delays which will apply even if there is a deal – can cost as much or more as tariffs. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Irish businesses have been keeping their fingers crossed for months that a Brexit trade deal can be done. The UK’s exit from the EU single market and (...)

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