Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon at the British Irish Council’s 31st summit meeting. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said a successful outcome to Brexit negotiations by Christmas is “more likely than not”. In one of his most confident(...)

Anti-Brexit campaigners stand outside parliament in London with EU and Union Flags. Photograph: Getty Images

Brexit is expected to dominate the agenda as leaders from across the UK and Ireland attend a meeting on the Isle of Man on Friday. Taoiseach Leo Vara(...)

DUP Leader Arlene Foster said it is “very clear to me that Theresa May will have a job of work to do if she is going to get this through Cabinet.”. Photograph: Reuters

The Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster has said she will not support British Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to have a Northern Irel(...)

 Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney has rejected a proposal by British Brexit secretary Dominic Raab on the backstop. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has rejected a proposal by British Brexit secretary Dominic Raab that the solution to the curr(...)

Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney with UK minister for the cabinet office, David Lidington. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The European Union and the British government are “very close” to reaching a deal on the Irish border that will pave the way for a Brexit withdrawal a(...)

Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney (right) greets   UK minister for the cabinet office David Lidington. Photograph via Twitter

Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said on Friday the strong UK-Irish friendship is more important than ever ahead of talks between s(...)

The proposal by Northern Secretary Karen Bradley to bring in an external mediator to try and kick start talks about re-establishing the power sharing in Northern Ireland is a welcome development. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The proposal by Northern Secretary Karen Bradley to bring in an external mediator to try to kick start talks about re-establishing power-sharing in No(...)

 Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley is “actively considering” how and when external facilitation could play a constructive role in efforts to restore political dialogue in the north.   Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Karen Bradley is “actively considering” how and when an external mediator could play a “constructive” role in attempts to re-establish formal powersha(...)

The Dover-Calais route could be running at only 12-25 per cent of its normal capacity for up to six months under a no-deal Brexit

Britain is drawing up plans to charter ships to bring in emergency food and medicines in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit next March, in a move greeted(...)

Britain’s Brexit secretary Dominic Raab at the parliamentary committee on Wednesday. “You have a unionist parliament as well as a Conservative and unionist government,” he said.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Britain has warned the European Union that a no-deal Brexit is the only alternative to Theresa May’s proposal for partial membership of the single mar(...)

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