About: Northern Ireland

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 11-04-2018

Brexit: ‘Most difficult part is still to come’, warns Barnier

Progress is being made but 'the most difficult part is still to come', EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said  in an interview with European press agencies including EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France, as well as La Repubblica, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Le Soir and El Espanyol.
Brexit 10-04-2018

Once again, the hand of history hovers over Ireland

Northern Ireland is unique and unique solutions must be found to ensure that Brexit does not threaten the Irish peace process, twenty years after the landmark Good Friday Agreement writes Dr Melanie Sully.
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 01-03-2018

Blair: Reformed EU would help prevent Brexit

Tony Blair today implored European leaders to reform the EU in a bid to persuade British people to change their mind on Brexit.
Brexit 28-02-2018

EU Northern Ireland offer sparks Brexit war of words

An EU proposal to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit has prompted a war of words between London and Brussels, with UK Prime Minister Theresa May saying it would threaten the “constitutional integrity” of the UK.
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).
Railways 23-02-2018

‘Don’t forget rail’ in Brexit talks, urge UK industry leaders

The European rail network ferries millions of us to and from work every day. Yet rail representatives felt compelled to plead 'don't forget rail' in Brussels this week, saying it was at the bottom of all priority lists despite growing concerns over the expected impact of Brexit.
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

Irish border checks “unavoidable” if UK leaves single market, warns Barnier

The UK faces “unavoidable” checks at the Northern Irish border if it decides to leave the EU’s single market and customs union, the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator warned on Friday (9 February), after the latest round of talks on the UK's withdrawal from the bloc.
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).
Agrifood 09-01-2018

Food and drink industry calls for ‘functioning’ single market, Brexit certainty

Europe’s food and drink industry relies heavily on the EU single market to underpin its steady growth rate, but it has warned that Brexit poses a real threat to the future of many businesses.
Brexit 08-12-2017

Tories sleepwalk towards soft Brexit

The UK government was deluded when it thought reaching a deal would be easy. It is deluded now in underestimating the concession it has made, writes Conor Quinn.
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 05-12-2017

Brexit and the ghosts of Ireland’s past

Negotiations in Northern Ireland have a law of their own. The Good Friday Agreement came about after months of painstaking diplomacy between London, Belfast and Dublin. Brexit will be no different, writes Dr Melanie Sully.
Brexit 01-12-2017

The case for Northern Ireland remaining in the EU single market

The issue of how to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and keep the 1998 peace deal on track has become the biggest challenge to the progress of Brexit talks. Stephen Farry explains how it can be overcome.
Brexit 27-11-2017

Liam Fox: No Irish border deal before EU trade agreement

Britain will not resolve the question of the Irish border after Brexit until it has also agreed the outline of a trade deal with the European Union, the country’s International Trade Minister Liam Fox said on Sunday (26 November).
Brexit 17-11-2017

Tusk to demand ‘more work’ from May to secure Brexit deal

European Council President Donald Tusk will warn British Prime Minister Theresa May at a summit in Sweden on Friday (17 November) that "more work" is needed to reach a Brexit deal in December, according to sources.
Brexit 08-11-2017

Irish PM sees Brexit talks moving to next stage in December

It is likely that European Union leaders will allow Brexit talks to move onto trade relations in December, as long as Britain provides guarantees in writing on issues currently being debated, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday (8 November).
Brexit 10-10-2017

Britain sketches out customs powers if Brexit deal fails

Britain on Monday (9 October) outlined proposals for new laws to set tariffs and quotas including if Britain leaves the European Union with no agreement in place, as it prepares for a post-Brexit customs system.
Brexit 25-09-2017

Brexit and energy: A choice between economics and sovereignty

Britain will have to invest more in new electricity generating capacity and face higher prices in exchange for regaining its independence from the European Union, writes Philip Lowe.
Brexit 06-09-2017

UK rejects Irish call for role in Northern Ireland rule

Britain rejected a call on Tuesday (5 September) by the Irish foreign minister for Dublin to be given a role in the running of Northern Ireland if parties fail to revive the devolved power-sharing government, saying it would "never countenance" joint authority.
Brexit 01-09-2017

Brexit talks set to miss October deadline as impatience grows

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said on Thursday (31 August) that both sides were “quite far” from reaching the "sufficient progress" necessary to open talks about the UK's future relationship with the EU after it leaves the bloc.
Agrifood 31-08-2017

Hard border could spell the end for Northern Ireland’s dairy processors

Controls on the Irish border could make the island’s dairy industry “unworkable”, while tariffs could force Northern Irish milk processors out of business altogether, the sector has warned.