About: Northern Ireland

Brexit 03-05-2021

Northern Ireland marks 100 years, divided

Northern Ireland marks its 100th year on Monday (3 May), but faltering efforts to commemorate the centenary encapsulate the rift at the heart of the British province.
Brexit 15-04-2021

MEPs move closer to ratifying Brexit deal but final date remains unclear

EU lawmakers moved closer to ratifying the bloc’s new trade agreement with the UK on Thursday (15 April), after the European Parliament’s International Trade and Foreign Affairs Committees gave their green light to the pact.
Politics 15-04-2021

Millions spent on consultancy firms and the Northern Ireland crisis

  This week on EURACTIV’s Yellow Room, we are talking about how some EURACTIV digging led to discussions and examinations over the Commission’s 462 million-euro contracts with several consultancy firms. We are focusing on the Parliament’s next steps and the...
Brexit 09-04-2021

‘Uncertain’ Brexit deal could see UK bound by EU subsidies rules, lawmakers warn

The uncertain legal status of the Northern Ireland Protocol could lead to major confusion and the UK becoming de facto bound by EU subsidy rules, according to a report by UK lawmakers published on Friday (9 April).
Politics 09-04-2021

Tweets of the Week: Sofa-gate, Northern Ireland, Eurostar

In Ankara VDL is denied a chair, Northern Ireland violence is hard to bear and Eurostar's failing and the Brits don’t care.
Brexit 08-04-2021

Johnson urged to convene all-party talks following riots in Northern Ireland

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been urged to convene all-party talks on Northern Ireland after the sixth night of riots in the province on Wednesday (7 April) left more than 50 police officers injured.
Brexit 08-04-2021

UK PM Johnson says deeply concerned by Northern Ireland violence

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was deeply concerned by scenes of violence in Northern Ireland after crowds of youths in a pro-British area of Belfast set a hijacked bus on fire and attacked police with stones.
Brexit 11-03-2021

UK to send Northern Ireland official to woo Biden on EU protocol row

The UK will send a senior Northern Ireland official to Washington in a bid to strengthen relations with US President Joe Biden’s administration ahead of a legal battle with the EU over the Northern Ireland protocol.
Brexit 04-03-2021

New Brexit row after UK extends exemption to Irish border checks

The European Union has accused the UK government of breaking international law after it moved to unilaterally extend grace periods for Irish Sea border checks.
Brexit 24-02-2021

Northern Irish Brexit issue is two-way street, says EU’s Sefcovic

Britain must show it is fully using the avenues available under the Brexit divorce deal to minimise trade disruption in Northern Ireland before seeking concessions, a senior EU official said on Tuesday (23 February).
Brexit 22-02-2021

Northern Ireland parties take legal action against Brexit deal

Members of Northern Ireland's two largest pro-British parties are set to take part in legal action challenging part of Britain's divorce deal with the European Union, the parties said on Sunday (21 February).
Brexit 15-02-2021

Commission right to call London’s bluff

The UK Government has been shamelessly using the Commission’s gaffe about Article 16 of the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol in its attempts to avoid the blame for post-Brexit problems and to lever additional concessions from Brussels, writes Dick Roche.
Brexit 04-02-2021

Irish government slaps down UK bid to reopen NI protocol

Irish Foreign minister Simon Coveney ruled out on Thursday (4 February) the possibility of the Northern Ireland protocol being scrapped or renegotiated, following growing pressure on the issue from Boris Johnson's UK government.
Brexit 04-02-2021

A disunited kingdom

The EU-made "crisis" with the Northern Ireland Protocol is an opportunity for Boris Johnson to distract domestic audience from the threat that his Brexit spells for the unity of the United Kingdom, writes Dick Roche.
04-02-2021

EU rebuffs UK demand to soften Northern Ireland Brexit trade terms

The EU on Wednesday (3 February) rebuffed a British demand to extend a grace period for checks on goods going from Britain to Northern Ireland, saying the post-Brexit trade treaty gave London enough tools to solve the problems.
Brexit 03-02-2021

How the vaccine export control blunder exposed von der Leyen’s ‘flawed’ centralism

Relevant EU commissioners were not consulted and staffer members had less than 30 minutes for a “quick check” before the EU's proposed vaccine export control mechanism was presented to journalists last Friday (29 January), officials told EURACTIV.
Brexit 03-02-2021

Northern Ireland’s ruling party launches campaign to scrap EU’s Brexit border protocol

The leading party in Northern Ireland on Tuesday (2 February) launched a campaign to scrap the protocol for the province that lies at the heart of the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement with the EU.
Brexit 02-02-2021

Northern Ireland suspends some port checks over staff safety concerns

Northern Ireland temporarily suspended some post-Brexit checks at two ports on Monday (1 January) after a local council withdrew staff over concerns for their safety and police said they planned to increase patrols at points of entry.
Health 30-01-2021

EU backs off jab threat in Britain row as WHO warns against ‘vaccine nationalism’

The European Union on Friday (29 January) backtracked on a threat to restrict exports of coronavirus shots to Northern Ireland in its growing row with Britain, as the WHO warned against "vaccine nationalism".
Brexit 21-12-2020

Between Brexit and coronavirus, UK togetherness is fraying

The United Kingdom has endured in one form or another for hundreds of years but between Brexit and the coronavirus, the country is creaking and some suggest it may be on the verge of breaking up entirely.