Greg Hands

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Border fears: “It would be a lot better to have an actual proper conversation now rather than wait until the 11th hour when we are in the worst possible situation.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Government needs to open up and discuss a plan B to the Brexit backstop, according to the chair of the technical group behind proposed alternative(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson and  French president Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace after their meeting. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron’s meeting with British prime minister Boris Johnson ended on a hopeful note on Thursday, with the French government s(...)

Former British Conservative minister Greg Hands co-chairman of the Alternative Arrangements Commission, pictured in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A former British Conservative minister backing “alternative arrangements” to the contentious “backstop”after Brexit believes they could form the basis(...)

London Letter

 Talks between the British government and the Labour Party have fallen into a familiar pattern, with each meeting followed by a moderately optimi(...)

  Jeremy Corbyn: the SNP’s leader at Westminster, Ian Blackford, has accused the Labour leader of conspiring with “a Tory-led Brexit shambles”. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/Reuters

Jeremy Corbyn has fought off an attempt to change Labour’s policy on Brexit by committing the party to a second referendum in all circumstances. The r(...)

Artist’s impression of the  Tidal Lagoon Power  project at Swansea Bay, south Wales.

The timing could hardly have been more awkward – just hours before the controversial expansion of Heathrow was approved in a messy vote at Westminster(...)

Britain’s home secretary Sajid Javid: “With the scheme, we’re meeting our commitment to secure the rights of EU citizens who are already in this country.” Photograph:  Victoria Jones/PA

European Union citizens who have been living in Britain for at least five years will be eligible for “settled status” after Brexit, entitling them to (...)

The UK joining the TPP would reinvigorate the body after the exit of the US last year. Photograph: iStock

The UK has held informal talks about joining a flagship Pacific trade group, in an audacious bid to kick-start exports after Brexit. The proposal, (...)

Ireland’s beef sector would be particularly vulnerable to a massive influx of beef, not least with Brexit looming.

A European Commission trade deal offer to Latin American countries which has provoked strong protests from European farmers, on Friday faced sharp cri(...)

Welfare cuts contained in the new budget of British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne (above, holding budget case), which will reduce payments to large families, will disproportionately hit poor  Catholics, a British Labour MP has claimed. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne’s multi-billion welfare cuts, which will reduce payments made to large families, will disproportion(...)

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