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The attempt to broker a breakthrough in the Northern Ireland strand may well come to be seen as an important crossroads in the whole Brexit process

The difference between promising “regulatory alignment” and “avoiding regulatory divergence” is everything. Night and day. A pity no- one bothered to(...)

British prime minister Theresa May:  It seems incredible that, 18 months after the Brexit vote, the British government has not spelled out what exactly it wants from the negotiations. Photograph: Andy Rain/Bloomberg

Dublin’s view is this is May’s problem. The fallout from the collapse of the UK’s agreement with the EU to clear the way for the second phase of the (...)

Brexit secretary David Davis: “The presumption of the discussion was that everything we talked about applied to the whole United Kingdom,” he said. Photograph: PA Wire

Theresa May sought on Tuesday night to rescue a deal on Brexit by promising that any “regulatory alignment” with the European Union would apply to the(...)

DUP deputy leader  Nigel Dodds delivering  a statement outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: EPA/Neil Hall

Westminster woke up on Tuesday to find that a promise to ensure the continuation of regulatory alignment between the two parts of Ireland had expanded(...)

Leo Varadkar: he has said on numerous occasions that while the wording of a deal could be changed, its substance must not

The Government is open to adding extra elements, such as on the strength of the UK as a political entity, to this week’s Brexit deal as long as they d(...)

Brexit deal: Arlene Foster said British officials told her the Irish Government “wouldn’t allow them to share” the text of the proposed Border agreement. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty

Arlene Foster has accused the Irish Government of trying to prevent her party from seeing details of the Border deal that the UK was planning to agree(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil he believed there was time to put the Brexit border agreement back on track. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

There is still time to rescue the Brexit Border deal, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. “As things stand, the ball is very much in London…the ball is (...)

DUP shock: Arlene Foster with party colleagues Jeffrey Donaldson and Nigel Dodds in Belfast on Monday. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The Government has rejected claims by the DUP leader that it wanted to prevent her party from seeing details of the Border deal that the UK was planni(...)

British prime minister Theresa May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker prior to addressing a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Monday.  Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

Theresa May’s hopes of securing a deal with Brussels received a blow on Monday night when Conservative backbenchers joined the DUP in warning against (...)

Mood swings: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney at a press conference at Government buildings. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

“I am surprised and disappointed that the British government now appears not to be in a position to conclude what was agreed earlier today.” Taoiseac(...)

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