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Brexit 22-07-2021

EU rejects UK demand for new post-Brexit deal on Northern Ireland

Britain demanded on Wednesday (21 July) that the European Union agree to rewrite a deal overseeing problematic post-Brexit trade involving Northern Ireland just a year after it was agreed with the bloc, a call immediately rejected by Brussels.
Brexit 07-07-2021

EU urges UK to accept Swiss-style deal to end agri-food standoff

The European Union urged London on Tuesday (6 July) to consider a Swiss-style veterinary agreement with Brussels on agri-foods to end a post-Brexit 'sausage war' row over certain goods moving between Britain and its province of Northern Ireland.
Brexit 24-05-2021

France warns UK not to ‘play’ with Northern Ireland Brexit deal

France's European affairs minister warned Britain not to play games with special post-Brexit trading rules for Northern Ireland, as fears rise of a summer of violence in the province.
Elections 17-05-2021

Northern Ireland’s unionists elect Poots, a creationist, as new DUP leader

Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on Friday (14 May) elected Edwin Poots as new leader, handing the hardliner the immediate task of choosing a new first minister in the British-ruled province.
Global Europe 18-03-2021

Biden backs Northern Ireland peace in virtual Saint Patrick’s Day talks

President Joe Biden expressed support for the Northern Ireland peace agreement in the face of Brexit-related tensions when he met Ireland's prime minister Micheal Martin for virtual Saint Patrick's Day celebrations Wednesday (17 March).
Brexit 15-03-2021

EU launches lawsuits against UK over Irish border

The EU launched legal proceedings against Britain on Monday (15 March), alleging that London had broken a protocol of its Brexit divorce agreement covering Ireland.
Brexit 15-03-2021

Time for Boris to stop ‘passing the buck’

Bluster, bluff and a freewheeling approach to facts have been the hallmark of the attitude of Boris Johnson to the problems Brexit posed for Northern Ireland, writes Dick Roche.
Brexit 11-02-2021

EU rejects most UK demands on Northern Ireland trade, concedes on steel

The European Union rejected on Wednesday (10 February) most of Britain's demands for easier trade with Northern Ireland but said it was examining more flexibility on steel.
Health 05-02-2021

Countdown to ‘catastrophe’: How the EU fight for COVID shots unfolded

This Reuters report is based on exclusive details of internal EU talks over the past month in diplomatic notes, and interviews of four people present at key meetings to verify them.
Health 03-02-2021

MEPs grill von der Leyen over shaky COVID-19 vaccine strategy

EU lawmakers questioned Commission President Ursula von der Leyen for hours on Tuesday (2 February) over the slow rollout and shortage of COVID-19 vaccines as she took responsibility for an export control plan that angered Britain and Ireland.
Brexit 28-09-2020

EU repeats legal warning to UK over treaty breach

The European Commission has repeated its warning of legal action unless the UK government withdraws its controversial Internal Market Bill which would break the Withdrawal Agreement that took the UK out of the bloc in January, Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said on Monday (28 September).
Brexit 17-09-2020

Pompeo confident UK will resolve EU standoff

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced confidence Wednesday (16 September) that Britain would find a "good outcome" in its standoff with the European Union over Brexit terms.
Brexit 14-09-2020

EU warns Britain its international credibility is at stake

European Council chief Charles Michel warned Britain Sunday (13 September) its international credibility is at stake, saying it must fulfil its responsibility to implement the Brexit withdrawal agreement.
Brexit 25-02-2020

EU ambassadors meet to seal Brexit talks red lines

EU envoys met Monday (24 February) to try to finalise a mandate for chief negotiator Michel Barnier ahead of what promises to be stormy talks with Britain on its future relations with the bloc.
Brexit 28-01-2020

EU tells UK it will ‘never, never, never’ compromise on single market

The European Union will "never, never, never" compromise on the integrity of its single market, its chief Brexit negotiator warned Britain on Monday (27 January), saying London must now face reality after underestimating the costs of leaving.
Brexit 31-07-2019

Boris Johnson visits Northern Ireland, heart of Brexit battle

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Wednesday (31 July) meet leaders in Northern Ireland, the key battleground in Britain's fight to leave the European Union and the focus of increasingly tense rhetoric on both sides of the Irish Sea.
Brexit 29-07-2019

Assuming EU will not budge, Britain ramps up preparations for no-deal Brexit

The British government is working on the assumption that the European Union will not renegotiate its Brexit deal and is ramping up preparations to leave the bloc on 31 October without an agreement, senior ministers said on Sunday (28 July).
Brexit 06-06-2019

Trump says Ireland’s Brexit ‘wall’ will ‘work out very well ‘

US President Donald Trump voiced confidence Wednesday (5 June) that Ireland's post-Brexit "wall" situation with its UK neighbour will work out fine, earning a quick retort from the Irish premier who noted that a wall is the last thing his country wants.
Brexit 05-04-2019

Merkel hopes UK can present new Brexit proposals next week

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she hopes crisis cross party talks in London aimed at breaking the domestic deadlock over Britain’s exit from the European Union can produce a common position by the time EU leaders meet next week. British...
Brexit 03-04-2019

Moscovici on no-deal Brexit: ‘We are as ready as we can be’

As the deadlock over the UK's exit from the EU continues, the bloc has stepped up its preparation for a no-deal Brexit, in particular in the customs area, as border checks will become necessary "overnight" if the UK crashes out without a deal.
Brexit 27-02-2019

May to seek MPs’ approval for new Brexit strategy

Prime Minister Theresa May will on Wednesday (27 February) face a vote by MPs over her newly revised Brexit strategy, which could allow them to approve an eventual delay to Britain's EU departure.
Brexit 21-02-2019

May hails Brexit talks ‘progress’ but no breakthrough

Prime Minister Theresa May said she had made "progress" in talks with the EU on Wednesday (20 February) as she sought to extract concessions on the terms of Britain's divorce, but as expected there was no major breakthrough.
Brexit 20-02-2019

May in Brussels again, seeking Brexit movement

British Prime Minister Theresa May makes another trip to Brussels on Wednesday (20 February), hoping European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker may prove more yielding than of late to salvage her Brexit deal.
Brexit 19-02-2019

Ireland expresses ‘frustration’ at Brexit uncertainty

Ireland's deputy prime minister expressed annoyance on Monday (18 February) at Britain's continued failure to ratify a deal on its orderly withdrawal from the European Union.