Tag: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s DUP says still time for #Brexit border deal

Northern Ireland’s DUP says still time for #Brexit border deal

| September 16, 2019

The Northern Ireland party whose 10 members of parli support British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government believe a deal can be done in the coming weeks to maintain an open border in Ireland, a senior member said on Sunday (15 September), writes Conor Humphries. The so-called backstop mechanism to uphold the seamless Irish border after […]

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Merkel: With imagination, #IrishBackstop issue can be solved in 30 days

Merkel: With imagination, #IrishBackstop issue can be solved in 30 days

| August 22, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested on Wednesday (21 August) that Britain and the EU could find a solution to the sticking point of the Irish backstop in the next 30 days, a possible signal she is willing to compromise with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, write Joseph Nasr and Michael Nienaber. The so-called backstop, which Johnson […]

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EU executive says #BrexitBackstop only way to avoid hard border in Ireland

EU executive says #BrexitBackstop only way to avoid hard border in Ireland

| August 21, 2019

The European Union executive said the backstop option was the only means identified by both London and the bloc to avoid a return to extensive border checks on the island of Ireland after Brexit, write Alissa de Carbonnel and Gabriela Baczynska. On Monday (19 August), British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent a letter to the […]

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#Brexit – Irish minister predicts Britain will crash out of EU in October

#Brexit – Irish minister predicts Britain will crash out of EU in October

| August 9, 2019

Britain will leave the European Union in October without a divorce deal, an Irish government minister predicted, causing a severe economic shock that could require pan-EU financial support for countries including Ireland, writes John O’Donnell. The remarks, among the most frank yet from an Irish minister, underscore the growing sense of alarm about a hard […]

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No-deal #Brexit talk grows after latest UK-EU encounter

No-deal #Brexit talk grows after latest UK-EU encounter

| August 7, 2019

Whatever happened in the encounter last week between UK PM Boris Johnson’s chief European envoy and EU officials, it was no meeting of minds, write Mark John and Mike Dolan. The Guardian reports that Brussels diplomats briefed after the meeting with David Frost said it was clear Johnson has no intention of renegotiating the withdrawal […]

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#DUP open to cross-border deal on food, if backstop time limited – Sunday Times

#DUP open to cross-border deal on food, if backstop time limited – Sunday Times

| August 5, 2019

The Northern Ireland party propping up Britain’s government has urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to seek a time-limit to the Irish “backstop” in exchange for agreeing to an all-Ireland food customs regime, the Irish edition of the Sunday Times reported (4 July) without citing sources, write Graham Fahy and Ian Graham. According to the newspaper, […]

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PM Johnson holds Belfast talks on #Brexit backstop riddle

PM Johnson holds Belfast talks on #Brexit backstop riddle

| August 1, 2019

Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson held talks in Northern Ireland on Wednesday (31 July) in a bid to untangle an impasse over the Irish border “backstop” that has scuppered all efforts to secure an orderly withdrawal from the European Union, writes Ian Graham. Plans for the border have become the most contentious issue in […]

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