About: Irish border

Brexit 16-10-2018

The Ulster Question: Taking ‘the Union’ out of the Brexit debate.

Brexit has become a ‘21st Century Ulster Question’, writes Dick Roche, who also suggests how it can be solved.
Brexit 16-10-2018

EU says still time for Brexit deal as failure looms

British and European leaders insisted Monday (15 October) they could still reach a Brexit deal despite the latest failed round of divorce talks, but the EU warned a no-deal scenario was "more likely than ever before".
Brexit 15-10-2018

Brexit talks stall before midweek EU summit

The stubborn problem of Britain’s land border with Ireland thwarted a drive to clinch a Brexit deal before a European Union summit this week, as negotiators admitted defeat after marathon talks and pressed pause for the coming days.
Brexit 05-10-2018

Tusk slams UK slurs on EU, urges ‘Canada +++’ Brexit deal

European Council President Donald Tusk sharply criticised what he called "emotional" and "insulting" statements about the EU by British ministers and urged London on Thursday 94 October) to accept an offer of very close post-Brexit ties.
Brexit 20-09-2018

EU leaders ‘nice’ to May but no sign of Brexit deal

Prime Minister Theresa May appealed directly to fellow European Union leaders on Wednesday (19 September) to drop "unacceptable" Brexit demands that she said could rip Britain apart, urging the bloc to respond in kind to her "serious and workable" plan.
Global Europe 20-09-2018

EU-Arab States summit and Irish border on EU’s informal meeting agenda

As EU leaders gathered on 19 September in Salzburg (Austria) for an informal meeting, Austria’s Sebastian Kurz and European Council President Donald Tusk called for an EU-Arab States summit on migration next February and a Brexit summit in November.
Brexit 19-09-2018

Nearing divorce, May seeks goodwill from EU at Salzburg summit

Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain and the European Union were nearing a divorce deal but called on the bloc to show "goodwill and determination" to avoid a disorderly Brexit and secure a close future partnership.
Brexit 18-09-2018

Technology to unlock the Irish border conundrum?

Supporters of Brexit in London have hailed Brussels' embrace of remote, high-tech customs controls as a sign that EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier is giving ground in order to resolve a stalemate on Northern Ireland that has held up a deal.
Future EU 17-09-2018

Juncker’s dismal speech

At a time when Europe needs something to inspire the 2018 State of the Union speech disappointed, writes Dick Roche.
Brexit 13-09-2018

Pro-Brexit rebels propose solution on Irish border issue

Brexit supporting rebels in Prime Minister Theresa May's party set out proposals on Wednesday (12 September) which they said would allow trade to flow over the Irish border while safeguarding the integrity of the European Union's Single Market.
Brexit 11-09-2018

EU leaders brace for emergency Brexit summit in mid-November

European Union leaders are likely to hold a special summit on Brexit in mid-November when they hope to be able to sign off on a divorce deal with Britain, diplomats and officials said on Monday (10 September).
Brexit 05-09-2018

MEP: EU could tweak Irish border backstop to win Britain’s approval

The European Union could offer new guarantees to Britain to win London's support for a solution aimed at avoiding an Irish border after Brexit, a leading EU lawmaker said.
Brexit 03-09-2018

Sterling tumbles against the euro as Brexit fears disrupt markets

The British pound has fallen significantly against the euro, amid fears that the progress of the Brexit talks is stalling and may result in an unstable future for the UK.
Brexit 31-08-2018

Raab: Brexit deal to come in mid-October

A deal on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union is "within reach" and will hopefully be announced by the European Council summit on 18 October, UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab said on Friday (31 August).
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).