Michel Barnier

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While the polls show that Leo Varadkar remains the most popular party leader and Fine Gael is holding its position as the biggest party, both have slipped from the heady heights achieved in the immediate aftermath of his accession. Photograph: Peter Morrison/AP

Fine Gael delegates attending the party’s national conference in Wexford this weekend are acutely aware that they are facing into crucial elections in(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council president Donald Tusk and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Photograph: Yves Herman/File Photo/Reuters

“Until April 12th, anything is possible,” European Council president Donald Tusk said of the Brexit process on Friday. Summing up the EU’s summit in (...)

Leaders attend a European Union summit in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Aris Oikonomou/Pool via Reuters

EU leaders have agreed an unconditional extension until April 12th to the UK Brexit negotiating process. Should British prime minister Theresa May s(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk  responded warmly to the letter British prime minister Theresa May sent him on Wednesday seeking an extension to article 50. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

The UK will be given a short extension to the Brexit process as long as the House of Commons next week passes the withdrawal agreement, European Counc(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and European chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier during a  council on article 50 negotiations   at the European Commission in Brussels. Photograph:  Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

The EU could reject Theresa May’s request for an extension to Britain’s membership this week unless she presents a plan to break the impasse at Westmi(...)

Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson leaves the Cabinet office in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

As Theresa May prepares to ask EU leaders to delay Brexit at a summit in Brussels on Thursday, the two sides are in danger of misunderstanding one ano(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney at a meeting at the European Commission in Brussels. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

The UK was on Tuesday put on notice by EU ministers and negotiators that the granting of more time for negotiations by its 27 partners would not be au(...)

 Donald Tusk (left) at Government Buildings, Dublin for a meeting with Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

European Council president Donald Tusk has said all other EU leaders expressed “strong and ongoing solidarity with Ireland” on the Brexit issue, accor(...)

The Cabinet adjourned once more, with Ministers and officials – sustained by late-night sandwiches – gathering around televisions to watch the joint May-Juncker press conference. Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

As British prime minister Theresa May prepared to fly to Strasbourg to meet European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker on Monday, some in Taois(...)

Sabine Weyand, deputy negotiator for the EU. Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Getty

Brussels has said a vote by UK MPs to block a no-deal Brexit in any circumstances is a meaningless move, with one senior EU negotiator describing it a(...)

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