About: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland prepares for momentous abortion, same-sex marriage changes

Campaigners who fought for decades to end Northern Ireland's same sex-marriage ban and restrictions on abortion prepare on Monday for a momentous change to the laws on both at the stroke of midnight.
Brexit 08-10-2019

EU says Britain needs new plan as Brexit clock runs out

European officials warned Monday (6 October) that Britain's latest Brexit proposal cannot serve as a basis for a breakthrough before next week's Brussels summit.
Brexit 01-10-2019

Ireland dismisses reported UK Brexit border proposal

Britain is proposing to set up "customs clearance centres" on both sides of the Irish border after Brexit, Irish national broadcaster RTE reported on Monday (30 September), an idea Ireland's foreign minister quickly dismissed as a "non-starter".
Brexit 19-09-2019

Northern Ireland’s DUP calls for Brexit ‘refit’ of Good Friday Agreement

Northern Ireland's largest party, the Democratic Unionist Party, on Wednesday called for a "refit" of the British province's 1998 peace accord "to take account of any new Brexit deal."
Brexit 13-09-2019

Northern Irish party drops some EU objections, opening door to Brexit deal

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has agreed to accept Northern Ireland abiding by some EU rules after Brexit as part of a deal to replace the Irish backstop, potentially opening the door to a withdrawal agreement, The Times newspaper reported on Friday (13 September).

France and Germany have high femicide rates compared to rest of EU

While the French government is launching a series of talks surrounding the issue of domestic violence within the country, the issue of femicide continues to affect the entire EU. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
Brexit 20-08-2019

Johnson tells EU he wants Brexit deal but without Irish backstop

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote Monday (19 August) to European Council President Donald Tusk reaffirming his desire to conclude a Brexit deal as well as his opposition to the controversial "backstop" on Ireland.
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 11-06-2019

Sturgeon: Hard Brexit makes Scottish independence ‘more urgent’

The scenario of a hard Brexit would "increase the likelihood of Scotland becoming independent," Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. Her comments come as hard and soft Brexit Conservatives start jockeying for position in the race for the vacant UK prime minister role.
EU Elections 2019 24-05-2019

Ireland votes in EU elections amid Brexit concerns

Phased EU-wide elections take place in Ireland on Friday (24 May) after a campaign dominated by concerns over neighbouring Britain's messy bid to leave the bloc, and as eurosceptic forces elsewhere in Europe hope to create a political earthquake.

Journalist killed after shots fired in Londonderry riot

Journalist Lyra McKee was killed after shots were fired during rioting in the Northern Irish city of Londonderry on Thursday (18 April) that saw police attacked by petrol bombs and other missiles.
Social justice 08-03-2019

Brexit: Bad for UK, worse for N. Ireland – former EU representative

In an interview with EURACTIV.com, Jane Morrice, a former member of the Women's Coalition in Northern Ireland, reflects on the role of women in supporting post-conflict reconciliation and the situation in the region after Brexit. 
Economy & Jobs 28-02-2019

Brexit impact in Northern Ireland: When peace is at stake

Time is running out as the UK is set to leave the EU on 29 March, and an orderly withdrawal is not yet secured. EURACTIV has travelled to Northern Ireland where Brexit is more than a political or economic issue - it is a challenge for peace. 
Economy & Jobs 28-02-2019

Looking back to move forward: Building trans-generational peace in Northern Ireland

Shay McArdle is 21 years old. He lives in Dundalk, Ireland, and has no idea what a hard border looks like or what it was like to live through the 'Troubles'. But he is committed to preserving the state of peace that he was born into.
Economy & Jobs 27-02-2019

EU is a driving force in supporting peace in Northern Ireland

Peter used to be a policeman during ‘the Troubles’, while Tom served 13 years in the loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), a paramilitary group. Now, both help former combatants reintegrate into Northern Irish society. A project like this would have been almost impossible without the EU’s support. 
Economy & Jobs 26-02-2019

Northern Ireland – A cross-border economy at stake

As the UK prepares to leave the EU, Northern Ireland will be severely affected as its economy is highly interlinked with the Republic of Ireland. Disruptions to the supply chain and access to markets are the main concerns for businesses.
Brexit 23-01-2019

Barnier insists current Brexit deal is the ‘only one possible’

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has reflected on what can and what cannot be negotiated between the EU and the United Kingdom, with only 65 days until the scheduled severance date. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 16-11-2018

UK cabinet chaos as May tries to steady the ship

UK Prime Minister Theresa May was defiant on Thursday (15 November), as she dismissed claims from government ministers that her draft withdrawal agreement does not deliver the Brexit that the British public voted for.
Brexit 15-11-2018

The 585-page draft Brexit agreement in a nutshell

The European Union has published on Wednesday (14 November) the 585-page draft Brexit deal aimed at ensuring a smooth divorce next March and outlining a transition period for both sides to adjust to the break.
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 10-10-2018

Barrier – Brexit deal may be ‘within reach’ next week

European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Wednesday an agreement with Britain could be "within reach" next week, calling for decisive progress in the talks in time for a summit of all 28 EU leaders.
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.
Economy & Jobs 11-09-2018

MEPs ask EU to keep funding peace in Northern Ireland after Brexit

The European Parliament considers the experience of Northern Ireland as an example of the success of the EU's cohesion policy. As Brexit draws nearer, MEPs are demanding that the EU keep funding projects in the region to preserve the peace.

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