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 Sir Keir Starmer: “Talks with the EU are collapsing as we speak. The proposals the government put forward last week were never going to work.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The British Labour Party has accused Boris Johnson of sabotaging talks with the European Union and launching a blame game in the hope of gaining elect(...)

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson   spoke for   40 minutes by telephone on Tuesday afternoon. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hope to meet later this week to discuss the current Brexit impasse. The two spoke(...)

Commission officials have  warned there is an effective deadline of this Friday for any proposals that may be put to the EU summit  the following Thursday.  Photograph: PA

Ten days from the European summit in Brussels where do we stand? Are we any closer to a Brexit deal? All the cross-channel megaphone diplomacy notwi(...)

Boris Johnson confirmed on Tuesday that Britain envisages two separate customs regimes on the island of Ireland and that this will require checks and controls somewhere. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA.

Boris Johnson has told the BBC that his formal Brexit proposals later this week will not feature customs clearance sites a few miles from either side (...)

European Council president Donald Tusk has quietly but successfully helped to re-establish the primacy of member-state leaders in the Council in steering the EU’s political agenda, a mixed legacy smaller states may fear. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

October 31st, when the UK is due to leave the EU, will mark another unfortunate departure from its stage: that of European Council president Donald Tu(...)

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, reiterated gloomily that there is “no reason today for optimism” in the Brexit talks. Photograph: Michael Sohn/AP Photo

We are once again in the Brexit “the ball’s in London’s court” mode. Supreme court, in this case. And in Brussels we watch and wait in a strange limb(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  has hit back at reports suggesting that the State will come under pressure from larger EU countries to change its stance on Brexit. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has rejected reports Ireland will come under pressure from larger EU countries to change its stance over Brexit, warning that h(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (R) and British prime minister Boris Johnson deliver a joint press conference at the Government Buildings in Dublin, Ireland. File Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is due to meet UK prime minister Boris Johnson to discuss Brexit on Sunday in New York for the annual General Assembly where wo(...)

The Irish Government will continue to insist on the idea of regulations staying the same in the North and South as part of the backstop. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

We are all caught up in the fuss about whether there is going to be a no-deal Brexit and, if so, when it might happen. And this is vital for our short(...)

Britain’s Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay in Brussels on Friday. “We are moving forward with momentum,” he told Sky News.  Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/EPA

UK “technical” papers on replacing the Northern Ireland backstop have done nothing to advance the Brexit talks, EU sources in Brussels say. Although (...)

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