About: Irish border

Brexit 27-07-2018

EU rejects Britain’s key elements of special customs plan after Brexit

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier rejected key elements of Britain's new trade proposals on Thursday (26 July) even as he and his new British counterpart Dominic Raab voiced a shared determination to reach a deal by October.
Brexit 23-07-2018

Irish PM tours EU capitals as fears of hard Brexit grow

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar begins a tour of three European capitals to discuss Brexit and other issues on Monday (23 July), amid signs of continuing division between London, Brussels and Dublin on preparations for a possible no-deal Brexit next year.
Brexit 20-07-2018

May takes Brexit trip to Northern Irish border

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived yesterday (19 July) in Northern Ireland, whose border with EU-member Ireland has become one of the biggest impediments to reaching a deal to leave the European Union.
Brexit 19-07-2018

EU Commission: Keep calm and brace for hard Brexit

The European Commission published on Thursday (19 July) a 17-page communication to businesses in the EU warning them of the consequences of a 'no deal' Brexit if the UK crashes out of the bloc next March .
Brexit 04-07-2018

EU’s Juncker warns Britain ‘we are all Irish’ on Brexit

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday said the EU stood firmly with Ireland in Brexit talks, just ahead of a crunch UK cabinet meeting which he said the bloc will follow closely.
Brexit 21-06-2018

Theresa May survives Brexit vote, EU steps up pressure

British Prime Minister Theresa May survived another knife-edge Brexit vote in parliament yesterday (20 June) but came under fresh pressure from the European Union to step up the withdrawal negotiations.
Brexit 20-06-2018

Barnier: ‘Serious divergences’ remain in Brexit talks over Northern Ireland

Brussels and London have made progress on several technical sections of Brexit negotiations but "serious divergences" remain over the issue of Northern Ireland after a final round of talks ahead of this month's European summit, the EU said Tuesday (19 June).
Future EU 25-05-2018

EU criticises ‘fantasy’ UK Brexit gambits, sees little Irish progress

European Union negotiators dismiss as "fantasy" some main British demands for Brexit, including on the sensitive issue of the Northern Ireland border, a senior EU official said on Thursday (24 May).
Brexit 18-05-2018

Britain will leave customs union, May says, to offer Ireland backstop

Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday (17 May) Britain would leave the EU customs union after Brexit but a source said London was considering a backstop plan that would apply the bloc's external tariffs beyond December 2020.
Brexit 14-05-2018

France says June is ‘ultimate deadline’ for Brexit progress on Irish border

A June summit of European Union leaders is the "ultimate deadline" to make progress on issues related to Northern Ireland's border, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday (13 May).
Brexit 30-04-2018

Barnier warns Brexit deal at risk over Irish border

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned Britain Sunday (29 April) that "the time has now come to resolve the contradictions" over the Northern Irish border, ahead of a visit to the island.
Brexit 19-04-2018

Theresa May suffers embarrassing Brexit defeat in parliament’s upper house

Britain's upper house of parliament inflicted an embarrassing defeat on Theresa May's government on Wednesday (18 April), challenging her refusal to remain in a customs union with the EU after Brexit.
Brexit 30-03-2018

With one year to go, UK and EU have much to prove to the young generation

Policymakers on both sides of Brexit negotiations owe a duty of care to the young Britons who overwhelmingly voted “Remain” by delivering a fair deal and putting the future above political intentions, writes Andrianos Giannou.
Brexit 20-03-2018

Ireland says Brexit border deal ‘legally firm’, DUP says not resolved

The Irish government on Monday (19 March) said an agreement that would leave Northern Ireland within the European Union's customs union after Britain leaves the EU was "legally firm," but Northern Ireland's largest party said the issue remained open for debate.
Brexit 02-03-2018

British PM to outline post-Brexit trade ties with EU

British Prime Minister Theresa May will detail plans today (2 March) for a new economic relationship with the EU after Brexit, amid heightened tensions with Brussels over the implications for Northern Ireland.
Brexit 28-02-2018

New Boris Johnson comments on post-Brexit Irish border cause stir

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has reportedly cast doubt on maintaining no border on the island of Ireland after Brexit, in a letter written to Prime Minister Theresa May leaked yesterday (27 February).
Brexit 15-02-2018

Northern Ireland talks collapse, London says deal still possible

Talks to restart Northern Ireland's power-sharing government broke down yet again on Wednesday, the province's main parties said, blaming each other, though Britain held out hope that a solution could still be reached.
Brexit 09-02-2018

EU doubts 2020 Brexit vision, sees longer goodbye

The European Union believes Britain will not be ready to make a full break from the bloc by the end of 2020 as Brexit transition plans foresee and several senior EU figures said they are bracing for a much longer goodbye.
Brexit 07-02-2018

EU to get power to punish UK during Brexit transition

The European Union will be able to punish Britain for breaking the rules of its post-Brexit transition period under plans agreed by Brussels yesterday (6 February), EU sources said.
Brexit 18-01-2018

Irish negotiator says ‘challenging’ to bring effect to Brexit border agreement

It will be extremely challenging to give effect to the commitments made by the British government on the future of Northern Ireland's border, one of Ireland's lead Brexit negotiators said yesterday (17 January).
Brexit 14-12-2017

Brexit: The long and winding road

‘Live horse and you’ll get grass’ is an old Irish proverb used in the context of vague promises of future benefits. This is precisely where Ireland stands with the vague promises on the Irish border issue, writes Dick Roche.
Brexit 13-12-2017

EU readies ‘David Davis-proof’ Brexit summit

The European Union has played down talk by Britain’s Brexit minister that last week’s interim accord is not binding and will launch new talks on Friday (15 December) that are “David Davis-proof”, a senior EU official said.
Brexit 07-12-2017

The key to unlocking Brexit is… in the Lisbon Treaty

The Northern Irish DUP party, a junior coalition member to Theresa May’s government, is a stumbling block to unlocking the Brexit talks. Dick Roche gives the receipt how the problem can be solved.
Brexit 04-12-2017

Ireland ‘disappointed’ following Theresa May’s Brussels talks

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he was "surprised and disappointed" on Monday (4 December) after Britain failed to agree to a draft deal with EU leaders on the status of the Irish border after Brexit.