Ray Bassett

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Ray Bassett, a former Irish envoy to Canada, says there is room for an Irish Eurosceptic party because those concerned about the EU are not represented by the mainstream parties. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Is the time right for an anti-European Union party to enter the Irish political landscape? Time will tell but the decision to launch “Irexit Freedom”(...)

Former diplomat Ray Bassett has told a meeting at Westminster that the Government and the EU should drop their demand for a backstop agreement on the Border ahead of next month’s European Union summit in Brussels. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former Irish diplomat Ray Bassett has told a meeting at Westminster that the Government and the EU should drop their demand for a backstop agreement o(...)

Dr Graham  Gudgin and Ray Basset claim in “Getting Over the Line: Solutions to the Irish Border” the UK government should pursue the maximum facilitation (max-fac) arrangement – which involves using new technologies – to break through the Brexit impasse. Photograph: Brian O’Leary/RollingNews.ie

A UK/EU free trade agreement and technical solutions to Border crossings would enable the UK to leave the single market and customs union “while prese(...)

 James Byrne and James McMahon attend last weekend’s Irexit: Freedom to Prosper conference in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Meade

Flames of populism may have ignited the political infernos of Donald Trump and Brexit in 2016 and sparked growing Euroscepticism across Europe, but in(...)

Ray Bassett: It is time for the EU to ‘stop the insults’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former senior Irish diplomat Ray Bassett has warned that Ireland is on the “wrong track” in Brexit negotiations and says the European Union should sto(...)

Pearse Doherty: said seven SF votes in Commons would have no impact because the British Labour party now supported Brexit. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One of the unforeseen consequences of Brexit is that it has put the issue of Irish unity on the political agenda, Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty told the(...)

 Martin Shanahan: ‘We cannot be complacent, these investments will not fall into our laps, they will have to be won’

The head of the IDA has told the MacGill Summer School in Co Donegal he was confident Ireland would see more “Brexit-related investment” in the coming(...)

Alan Dukes, former minister for finance, spoke at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

The only certainty about Brexit is that it will be a “negative-sum game for all concerned,” the former Fine Gael leader Alan Dukes told the MacGill Su(...)

Talks are due to resume on Monday in Stormont against the background of much political uncertainty at Westminster. There is a big onus on the Irish Government to get seriously engaged, from the new Taoiseach down and to start working with parties, both individually and in groups, to hammer out a way forward, in conjunction with any new Secretary of State. PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

In his campaign to be Fine Gael leader and presumptive Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar said it was time for his party to re-engage with the North. The results(...)

Ray Bassett:  EU demand for a €60 billion payment from the British government is “one of the canaries in the mine”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Watch the €60 billion Brexit bill. That, says Ray Bassett, a former diplomat turned critic of the Irish Government’s approach to Brexit, will be the(...)

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