Brexit negotiations are now expected to advance to the next stage which focuses on the transition period after Brexit takes effect in March 2019 and on the future EU-UK relationship. Photograph: Getty Images

The deal reached between the European Commission and the British government on Friday paves the way for a much softer Brexit than had been initially e(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May: has said that, during the implementation period, people can expect things to be broadly similar to how they are now. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

The British government has played down the implications of a promise of “full alignment” of policies to support an all-island economy in Ireland if ot(...)

British prime minister Theresa May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Friday. How May can resolve the contradictoins at the heart of her Brexit policy remains an open question. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Brussels is famous for its chocolate but, as the deal on phase one of the Brexit talks reminds us, it is also a leading producer of high-grade fudge. (...)

A disused customs post at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in Middletown, Co. Armagh. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Friday’s agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom on the first phase of the Brexit negotiations is a major achievement, especially (...)

 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(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney. The Irish position has angered the pro-Brexit lobby in London. Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Voters are full square behind the muscular approach to Brexit taken by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, the (...)

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 (...)

Police stand at the entrance of the Marie Stopes clinic as anti-abortion protestors hold up placards outside the Belfast clinic in October 2012. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

During its five years of life, the Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast dealt with thousands of women. The oldest was 52; the youngest was 13 who had become(...)

Boris Johnson says it is time for the negotiations to move on to the future relationship between Britain and the European Union. Photograph: Jack Taylor

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson has warned British prime minister Theresa May against agreeing to any special arrangement for Northern Ireland(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar explains a point after a meeting  the prime minister of The Netherlands Mark Rutte in Dublin on Wednesday night. Photograph: EPA

British prime minister Theresa May is facing a race against time to progress the Brexit talks and resolve deadlock over the Irish border which threate(...)

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