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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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Johnson’s opening #Brexit bid – Rip out the Irish border backstop

Johnson’s opening #Brexit bid – Rip out the Irish border backstop

| August 20, 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has fired the opening salvo in his bid to renegotiate Britain’s divorce from the European Union, demanding that an insurance policy for the Irish border be removed from the Brexit deal and replaced with a pledge, write Kylie MacLellan and Guy Faulconbridge. After more than three years of Brexit crisis, the […]

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#Brexit – UK faces food, fuel and drug shortages, says contested leaked document

#Brexit – UK faces food, fuel and drug shortages, says contested leaked document

| August 19, 2019

Britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the European Union without a transition deal, according to leaked official documents reported by The Sunday Times (18 August) whose interpretation was immediately contested by ministers, writes Reuters. Setting out a vision of jammed ports, public protests and widespread disruption, the paper said […]

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PM Johnson to meet Ireland’s Varadkar over #Brexit – report

PM Johnson to meet Ireland’s Varadkar over #Brexit – report

| August 12, 2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accepted an offer to meet Irish leader Leo Varadkar to discuss Brexit and the Northern Irish backstop, the Sunday Telegraph (11 August) said citing UK government sources, writes Paul Sandle. “The UK has accepted Varadkar’s offer to meet and dates are being discussed,” a UK source told the newspaper. […]

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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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#Ireland finances continue to improve in July

#Ireland finances continue to improve in July

| August 8, 2019

Ireland’s exchequer recorded a surplus of €896 million to the end of July, compared to a deficit of €277m (£253.65m) in the same period last year, the finance department said on Friday (2 August), writes Graham Fahy. The surplus means the country is on track to record its first budget surplus in more than a […]

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