British prime minister Theresa May arrives for a carol concert at a church in her Maidenhead constituency  on Friday. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Downing Street staff Christmas party was in full swing all around her on Thursday night as Theresa May negotiated with Brussels, Dublin and Belfas(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar holds a press  conference in Dublin on Friday morning after the European Commission announced that “sufficient progress” has been made in the first phase of Brexit talks. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Relief was already a welcome guest at the table as the Cabinet sat down for its Christmas dinner in the National Gallery, next door to Leinster House,(...)

Sinn Féin billboard calls for “No Hard Border”:   the European Commission has announced “sufficient progress” has been made in the first phase of Brexit talks. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Launching a history on Friday of the Sunningdale Agreement written by a former top Irish civil servant, the 82-year-old Séamus Mallon joked dryly that(...)

 Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney during  a press conference in Dublin after the deal was agreed. Photograph:  Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The commitments made by Britain to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland are “politically bullet-proof” and “cast iron”, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May is welcomed by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

With the signing off on Friday by the UK and the European Commission on a joint summary of the Brexit divorce talks for approval at next week’s summit(...)

Sterling hit a six-month high on Friday after the UK and the EU reached agreement on the Border post-Brexit, but the currency dipped after traders dig(...)

 Britain’s secretary of state for Brexit  David Davis (left), Britain’s prime minister Theresa May (second left), European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (second right)and European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (right) meet at the European Commission in Brussels, on Friday morning. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said a deal reached this morning between the UK and the EU Brexit negotiating team contains a “politically bullet-proof” agreem(...)

British prime minister Theresa May may travel to Brussels on Friday to conclude a deal with commission president Jean-Claude Juncker if the Irish, British and EU teams can agree on language. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

The Irish and British governments were moving towards a new agreement on the post-Brexit border on Thursday night which would satisfy both Dublin and (...)

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont takes part in a pro-independence rally for Catalonia in Brussels on Thursday. Yves Herman/Reuters

Nearly 50,000 people marched through the EU quarter of Brussels on Thursday in support of Catalan independence and the region’s deposed president, who(...)

British prime minister Theresa May with DUP leader Arlene Foster wh spoke by telephone on Wednesday as efforts continue to rescue a deal on the Border arrangements after Brexit.  Photograph: Daniel Leal Olivas/AFP/Getty

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar spoke to British prime minister Theresa May on Wednesday afternoon in an effort to break the impasse in the Brexit talks. Ms (...)

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