Brexit poses a serious constitutional problem

The issue of partition poisoned Irish politics for decades as Ireland sought to withdraw from the UK. Now it’s posing a constitutional problem for Britain, writes Ryle Dwyer

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Sterling little bruised as seven Labour MPs exit party

Sterling was little bruised by the departure of seven UK Labour MPs today despite it potentially making coalition-building in the UK even more uncertain.

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Tánaiste: Brexit problem must be solved in London, not Dublin

The Government would be “very foolish” if it allows the onus for a solution to Brexit to switch from London to Dublin, Tánaiste Simon Coveney says.

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Ireland will not be ‘steamrolled’ on border backstop – Coveney

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said his government was not to blame for the Brexit impasse.

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UK Government accused of ‘feckless and reckless’ approach to Brexit

Scotland’s Rural Economy Secretary has urged Michael Gove to take a no-deal scenario off the table.

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Brexit the biggest cause for concern for SMEs

Brexit remains the biggest worry for small and medium enterprises as business become increasingly concerned about the future.

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Report: ‘No deal’ would mean return to violence in North

A no-deal Brexit would mean a certain return to violence along the Irish border a UNESCO backed report has warned.

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Brexit and the effect it will have on our finances

Whether the UK leaves the EU on the March 29, or there is an extension for a short period, the general consensus is they are going to leave and that there will be a hard Brexit.

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Firms urged to ensure supplies continue after Brexit

Business minister Heather Humphreys said it is crucial that firms check their supply chains for vulnerabilities to Brexit impacts.

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Top-level Brexit negotiations between UK and EU to resume this week

Theresa May will meet European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in the coming days.

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Brexit threat to Senior Alert Scheme, says minister

The alert system which protects elderly people in their homes could be put at risk by a hard Brexit, Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has warned.

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Brexit blamed for collapse of Flybmi airline

Brexit has been blamed for the collapse of a British airline, which has seen flights cancelled for hundreds of shocked passengers.

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Readers' Blog: Get Bertie Ahern to be our Brexit negotiator

Running down the clock may be Theresa Mays’s policy but extending the clock, and running it down at the same time for the Irish Government, is the deliberate strategy of Fianna Fáil. For they well know, from recent experience, that the longer the present Government stays in power, the more likely they will become a risk to the economy or get the blame for a downturn, post-Brexit, etc.

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Theresa May playing dangerous game of brinksmanship

After another defeat last Thursday, Andrew Hammond asks how often Theresa May can ask for “more time”, before it finally runs out.

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Readers' blog: Indefensible Brexit shows contempt of former colonial power

The present 'debate' on Brexit in the parliament in Westminster is a continuation of the decades-long anti-EU propaganda campaign by the London media.

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Bacardi stockpiling drinks ahead of Brexit

The drinks giant said it is taking ‘responsible and sensible’ action to secure supplies ahead of Brexit.

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Theresa May pleads with Tory MPs to unite and deliver on Brexit

The British Prime Minister will return to Brussels for further talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker next week.

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Father living along border fears what Brexit will bring after flybmi collapse

Civil engineer Danny McLaughlin had 14 upcoming flights out of City of Derry airport to London Stansted.

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Theresa May issues plea to Tory MPs to unite and deliver on Brexit

The Prime Minister announced that she will return to Brussels for further talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker next week.

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People’s Vote campaign announces plans for march weekend before Brexit day

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable predicted ‘hundreds of thousands’ of people would take to the streets to demand their voices are heard.

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No Brexit deal is better than bad deal, DUP's Nigel Dodds tells conference

Nigel Dodds made the comment as he addressed his party’s spring conference in Omagh, Co Tyrone.

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UK to launch new review of auditors

An independent review is to look at whether accountants in Britain should check for fraud when auditing company finances so they could potentially spot problems that cause corporate crashes, the UK business ministry has said.

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Goods exports to Britain fall as imports rise in 2018

The trade deficit in goods between the Republic and Britain widened last year, reflecting the competitive fall in the value of sterling against the euro, new figures suggest.

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‘Nasty surprise’ for those doubting EU-Irish unity

Those who doubt EU unity with Ireland will get a “nasty surprise”, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned.

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Sterling traders mull effects of May’s latest defeat

The pound edged higher yesterday as strong British retail sales lifted sentiment, though investors were considering the consequences of a Brexit vote defeat in parliament for Prime Minister Theresa May.

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UK Parliament unreasonable over Brexit: Brian Cowen

The position of the UK Parliament over Brexit has been criticised by former Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, as “unreasonable”.

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Latest: Arlene Foster says Brexit should not be barrier to Stormont deal

The DUP leader called for powersharing to return despite uncertainty over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

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Govt called on to protect rural Ireland amid uncertainty of Brexit

Frustrated Fine Gael TDs and senators have demanded the government come up with an action plan to protect rural Ireland, including the beef industry and communications infrastructure.

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Taoiseach: Anyone hoping EU Brexit solidarity will falter in for nasty surprise

Leo Varadkar said there has been ‘remarkable solidarity from the EU’.

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Unions: Workers must be protected in the event of no-deal Brexit

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has warned of the consequences for workers of a no-deal Brexit.

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Taoiseach says extension of Brexit date 'not inevitable'

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has dismissed reports that Ireland may be forced to comply with checks on exports to mainland Europe in the event of a Brexit no-deal.

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Dozen or more ministers could resign to stop no-deal Brexit, claims Dominic Grieve

Furious British ministers have turned on the European Research Group of Eurosceptic Tory MPs after Theresa May’s humiliating Valentine’s Day defeat.

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Tories at war over Brexit after another Commons defeat for May

Theresa May has been urged to act against Jacob Rees-Mogg’s European Research Group.

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All-Island Civic Dialogue event a chance to listen to Brexit concerns

The Taoiseach and the Tanaiste will co-host the fifth plenary session of the All-Island Civic Dialogue.

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UK firms face higher debt financing costs on Brexit

British companies with over £102bn (€116bn) of debt to refinance this year are facing rising funding costs as a no-deal Brexit looms, with yields on some bonds now akin to those in emerging markets.

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Rachel Johnson bares all on TV in Brexit protest

British Journalist Rachel Johnson has stripped off on TV in the name of Brexit.

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Brexit whispers: When eavesdropping on private conversations by a journalist is ethically justified

When you are in a restaurant or a hotel bar the last thing you expect is for the private conversation you are having to be reported all over the media the next day. But that may well depend upon who you are and what you say.

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EU in ‘no mood’ to sacrifice Ireland’s interests to reach Brexit deal

Simon Coveney hit out at Westminster saying it is ‘incredible’ that the UK Parliament has allowed the Brexit process to get to its current state.

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Call for cross-border funding to counter effects of no-deal Brexit

An Oireachtas committee heard evidence from cross-border bodies.

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Update: Theresa May suffers new Commons Brexit humiliation

MPs vote down the Government motion by 303 to 258.

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Government not complacent over no-deal Brexit, says Varadkar

The Taoiseach said no one can be ‘absolutely sure’ that a withdrawal deal will be agreed.

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Prospect of rebellion in the UK over EU withdrawal plans recedes

Leading Eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg said it was ‘highly unlikely’ MPs would rebel over a motion which they fear could rule out a no-deal Brexit.

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Dutch government creates big blue Brexit monster

The Dutch government has created a big blue monster mascot to help people prepare for the UK leaving the European Union.

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British holidaymakers left furious after airline cancels flights ‘due to Brexit impasse’

Romanian operator Blue Air ‘has been unable to receive the necessary clarity’, according to Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport.

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Interest rates more likely to be cut after no-deal Brexit, says Bank of England policymaker

A Bank of England policymaker says recent data suggests the slowdown in the British economy is continuing.

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Tory MPs warned against rebelling in Brexit votes

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox told potential rebels that Parliament was not an ‘internal debating society’.

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Readers' blog: Border patrols and customs between Ireland and Britain

I don’t know what Leo Varadkar is talking about when he’s commenting on the border, he obviously doesn’t travel between the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland to mainland Britain very often, because there is a border.

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No-deal Brexit ‘disaster’ could hit food and medicine supplies, warns Sturgeon

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the ‘reckless approach’ of the UK Government meant no-deal was ‘increasingly the most likely outcome’.

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No-deal Brexit 'live risk' to Scottish economy

A no-deal Brexit would lead to a "major dislocation" to the Scottish economy, according to the country's chief economist.

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Theresa May ‘playing chicken’ with Irish interests over Brexit, says Sinn Féin

Mary Lou McDonald insists a no-deal EU exit would trigger a poll on Irish unity.

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Ford warns no-deal Brexit would be 'catastrophic' for car industry

Car giant Ford has warned that leaving the European Union without a deal next month would be "catastrophic" for the UK's auto industry.

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Jeremy Corbyn: British government’s no-deal Brexit planning is an utter shambles

The Labour leader focused on the Seaborne Freight fiasco at Prime Minister’s Questions.

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Brexit has raised tensions in Ireland, warns Bertie Ahern

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said people are right to worry about the return of a hard border if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

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British government not ruling out no-deal Brexit, minister insists

Suspicions were raised after chief negotiator Olly Robbins was overheard discussing Theresa May’s plans in a Brussels bar.

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UK businesses seek ‘clear answers’ over trade after Brexit

Firms and communities risk being ‘hung out to dry’ over Brexit uncertainty, BCC warns.

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Shares spooked on UK crash-out fear

Some UK shares were rattled as investors contemplated the latest political set-piece at Westminster in the countdown to Brexit.

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Alarm bells sound as Brexit’s ‘Project Fear’ becomes a reality

Britain’s politicians have had the luxury of a relatively benign economy while they dithered and squabbled over the departure. Not any more, writes Ferdinando Giugliano

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Theresa May faces fresh Commons attempt to block a no-deal Brexit

PM’s chief EU adviser overheard warning of a long delay to Britain’s EU withdrawal unless MPs back her agreement.

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Concerns raised over movement of students post-Brexit

Universities could struggle to cope in no-deal scenario if 14,000 Irish students needed to be accommodated after UK leaves EU

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