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Barnier: 'Significant divergences' persist in EU-UK trade talks

Barnier: 'Significant divergences' persist in EU-UK trade talks

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has said that “significant divergences” persist in its talks with Britain on their new relationship from 2021.

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Significant divergences between Brussels and UK on trade deal, EU says

Significant divergences between Brussels and UK on trade deal, EU says

The update came following a series of discussions between the lead negotiators in London this week.

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UK-EU negotiations will continue ‘in good faith’ to reach ‘fair’ deal says Michel Barnier

UK-EU negotiations will continue ‘in good faith’ to reach ‘fair’ deal says Michel Barnier

The EU’s Michel Barnier and the UK Prime Minsiter’s Europe adviser, David Frost, held talks over dinner in Downing Street.

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Barnier and Frost to dine on fish as they discuss Brexit trade deal at Number 10

Barnier and Frost to dine on fish as they discuss Brexit trade deal at Number 10

The two negotiators will be joined by their teams for further talks on Wednesday.

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Michel Barnier travels to London for post-Brexit trade deal talks

Michel Barnier travels to London for post-Brexit trade deal talks

Boris Johnson has been adamant he will not allow the discussions to drag on into the autumn.

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Government to approve Brexit readiness plan as UK trade talks stall

Government to approve Brexit readiness plan as UK trade talks stall

The Government is to approve a major Brexit readiness plan amid growing fears that a trade deal will not be reached with the UK before the end of the year.

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Daniel McConnell: Coveney dismayed at UK’s approach to Brexit talks

Daniel McConnell: Coveney dismayed at UK’s approach to Brexit talks

Last Thursday in Brussels talks between the European Union and the United Kingdom on a proposed post-Brexit trade deal ended abruptly.

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Brian Keegan: Businesses approaching Brexit looking for opportunities may do well in the long run

Brian Keegan: Businesses approaching Brexit looking for opportunities may do well in the long run

For the past several months, the challenge for Irish business has been surviving the enforced lockdown due to coronavirus.

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'Frustration' at British switch in Brexit stance - Coveney

'Frustration' at British switch in Brexit stance - Coveney

Negotiations with Britain in relation to securing a Brexit deal are “in a difficult place” Simon Coveney has said.

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Dublin Port expansion approval ‘ignores Brexit realities,’ group says

Dublin Port expansion approval ‘ignores Brexit realities,’ group says

A leading business representative group in Dublin’s Docklands has claimed An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant planning permission for a €320m project that will double the capacity of Dublin Port has ignored the realities of Brexit for exporters.

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Draft Brexit agreement reached with EU on Irish food exports

Draft Brexit agreement reached with EU on Irish food exports

Irish and EU officials have reached a draft agreement to limit the impact of Brexit on the movement of Irish food products and live animals into the rest of the EU via the UK land bridge.

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Businesses in Ireland urged to 'refocus' on Brexit

Businesses in Ireland urged to 'refocus' on Brexit

The Irish Exporters Association's making the call as it's growing concerned the UK could leave the EU with a very narrow trade deal.

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UK-EU trade talks break up early with ‘significant differences’ remaining

UK-EU trade talks break up early with ‘significant differences’ remaining

Face-to-face talks on a post-Brexit trade deal had been due to continue to Friday.

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Oliver Mangan: Even a bare-bones Brexit deal would be preferable at this point

Oliver Mangan: Even a bare-bones Brexit deal would be preferable at this point

The EU-UK trade talks have made very little progress over the first half of the year.

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Michel Barnier: EU ‘calm and united’ as post-Brexit trade talks with UK resume

Michel Barnier: EU ‘calm and united’ as post-Brexit trade talks with UK resume

The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and Boris Johnson’s Europe adviser, David Frost, met in Brussels with their teams.

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Foreign lawyers made up majority of Roll of Solicitors here in 2019

Foreign lawyers made up majority of Roll of Solicitors here in 2019

The number of new admissions to the Roll of Solicitors soared last year thanks to a deluge of applicants from England and Wales seeking a "Brexit backstop" to avoid losing business.

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UK-EU talks intensify as negotiators meet to discuss post-Brexit deal

UK-EU talks intensify as negotiators meet to discuss post-Brexit deal

Negotiators from the UK and European Union (EU) were meeting face to face in an effort to intensify talks on a post-Brexit trade deal.

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British trying to rewrite the Brexit rulebook, Simon Coveney claims

British trying to rewrite the Brexit rulebook, Simon Coveney claims

The Minister for Foreign Affairs has accused the British government of effectively trying to rewrite the rulebook on Brexit negotiations.

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Merkel: Britain must ‘live with consequences’ of looser ties with Brussels

Merkel: Britain must ‘live with consequences’ of looser ties with Brussels

It comes as a senior UK Brexit adviser signalled the next phase of talks with the EU would be tough.

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‘Ball is in the UK’s court’ to make progress on post-Brexit deal, Michel Barnier says

‘Ball is in the UK’s court’ to make progress on post-Brexit deal, Michel Barnier says

The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier claimed Boris Johnson was failing to live up to commitments made in the Political Declaration.

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Guidance for business in North over Brexit trade to be set out in summer, minister says

Guidance for business in North over Brexit trade to be set out in summer, minister says

Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee chair Simon Hoare said firms in the region ‘don’t quite know what they are preparing for’.

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No-deal Brexit would see pharmaceutical exports from UK to EU drop by 22%, House of Lords told

No-deal Brexit would see pharmaceutical exports from UK to EU drop by 22%, House of Lords told

A prominent industry figure said a mutual recognition agreement would limit losses to 12.6%.

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UK food supplies could be hit more by no-deal Brexit than Covid-19, experts claim

UK food supplies could be hit more by no-deal Brexit than Covid-19, experts claim

Cesar Revoredo-Giha and Montserrat Costa-Font from Scotland’s Rural College warned it could make it harder for people to eat healthily.

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Four years on from the EU referendum, what’s going on with Brexit?

Four years on from the EU referendum, what’s going on with Brexit?

Here is a look at the current state of play, where talks are headed and where they may hit sticking points.

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Brexit will not change trade between Northern Ireland and rest of Britain, UK ministers say

Brexit will not change trade between Northern Ireland and rest of Britain, UK ministers say

Michael Gove and Brandon Lewis were speaking to the Commons Northern Ireland Committee.

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EU’s von der Leyen defends ‘level playing field’ demand in UK trade talks

EU’s von der Leyen defends ‘level playing field’ demand in UK trade talks

The European Commission chief said the UK and EU should work together to increase standards rather than allowing them to slide backwards.

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Michael Gove: UK ready to be flexible to secure trade deal with EU

Michael Gove: UK ready to be flexible to secure trade deal with EU

His Labour opposite number Rachel Reeves warned leaving on World Trade Organisation terms would be a ‘calamity’ for the UK.

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UK Government must stand up to their Brexit commitments – Arlene Foster

UK Government must stand up to their Brexit commitments – Arlene Foster

Northern Ireland’s First Minister conceded she did not like the NI Protocol, but accepted it is a ‘legislative reality’.

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EU tells Johnson it will not buy a ‘pig in a poke’ trade deal

EU tells Johnson it will not buy a ‘pig in a poke’ trade deal

Boris Johnson held talks with the European Union’s leaders after both sides were frustrated by initial rounds of trade negotiations.

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Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen in bid to revive post-Brexit trade talks

Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen in bid to revive post-Brexit trade talks

The PM and European commission president are to hold a high-level conference call after negotiations made little progress.

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UK decision not to extend Brexit transition period 'shameful', says Sinn Fein

UK decision not to extend Brexit transition period 'shameful', says Sinn Fein

Michelle O’Neill said it showed a complete disregard for Northern Ireland’s economy.

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Brexit: What’s the lowdown on Britain's border checks on imports from the EU?

Brexit: What’s the lowdown on Britain's border checks on imports from the EU?

Full border checks on imports to Britain will no longer be immediately introduced on January 1 when the Brexit transition period ends.

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Brexit: Gove U-turns on plan to immediately introduce full border checks with EU

Brexit: Gove U-turns on plan to immediately introduce full border checks with EU

Michael Gove said ‘the moment for extension has now passed’.

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EU reminds UK of its commitments to the North as Gove confirms they will not seek extension to Brexit transition

EU reminds UK of its commitments to the North as Gove confirms they will not seek extension to Brexit transition

The EU has highlighted the need for the UK honour its commitments to the North at a Brexit meeting with the UK where they spent a lot of their time "discussing the enormity of the task when it comes to the proper implementation of Ireland and Northern Ireland".

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UK to backtrack on plan to introduce full border checks with EU from January 1

UK to backtrack on plan to introduce full border checks with EU from January 1

Michael Gove is set to hold a second joint committee meeting with European Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic.

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Ireland and EU making no hard border preparations as no-deal Brexit in sight

Ireland and EU making no hard border preparations as no-deal Brexit in sight

Ireland and the EU are making no preparations for a hard border despite the prospect of a no-trade deal with the UK looking increasingly likely.

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Johnson and von der Leyen to hold virtual summit to break post-Brexit deadlock

Johnson and von der Leyen to hold virtual summit to break post-Brexit deadlock

Negotiators on both sides have acknowledged a lack of progress.

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NI Brexit protocol vague and lacking in detail on customs and tariffs – Minister

NI Brexit protocol vague and lacking in detail on customs and tariffs – Minister

Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee said the Irish Government will intensify Brexit preparedness work given the limited progress in talks.

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UK must commit to its Brexit agreements, warns Helen McEntee

UK must commit to its Brexit agreements, warns Helen McEntee

Helen McEntee also said Irish businesses will have to be ready if the UK does not seek an extension to the transition period beyond December.

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We cannot keep Brexit negotiations going forever, insists UK minister

We cannot keep Brexit negotiations going forever, insists UK minister

Penny Mordaunt repeatedly ruled out extending the transition period beyond December this year.

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What happens next in the post-Brexit negotiations?

What happens next in the post-Brexit negotiations?

Michel Barnier, who is leading the discussions for Brussels, lamented ‘no significant areas of progress’.

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Brexit trade talks remain deadlocked as Barnier accuses UK of backtracking

Brexit trade talks remain deadlocked as Barnier accuses UK of backtracking

Britain and the EU agree to carry on talking despite failing to make any ‘significant progress’ in latest negotiating round.

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Barnier laments ‘no progress’ after fourth round of post-Brexit trade talks

Barnier laments ‘no progress’ after fourth round of post-Brexit trade talks

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier criticised UK officials for backtracking on a key agreement.

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Businesses call for detail on NI protocol

Businesses call for detail on NI protocol

A working group representing business sectors across the region have asked for answers on how the trading arrangements will work

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Three weeks to finalise plans at ports for Brexit checks – official warns

Three weeks to finalise plans at ports for Brexit checks – official warns

Northern Ireland’s Chief Vet Robert Huey warned a Stormont committee that a ‘smooth end of transition is no longer possible’.

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EU accused of ‘wishful thinking’ over claims UK set to compromise in trade talks

EU accused of ‘wishful thinking’ over claims UK set to compromise in trade talks

The latest round of trade talks is taking place but progress so far has been limited.

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Stormont executive fails to agree position on Brexit extension

Stormont executive fails to agree position on Brexit extension

SDLP minister Nichola Mallon has urged colleagues to call on the UK Government to ask the EU for the transition period to be extended.

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Brexit transition uncertainty ‘poses threat to stability in Northern Ireland’

Brexit transition uncertainty ‘poses threat to stability in Northern Ireland’

Some businesses could decide it is economically unviable to continue operations across the Irish Sea unless flexibility is shown, peers stated.

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Brexit checks must be minimised to avoid economic damage, insists Arlene Foster

Brexit checks must be minimised to avoid economic damage, insists Arlene Foster

The DUP leader said controls on goods travelling from Great Britain to Northern Ireland should not have a major impact.

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Barnier takes hard line on trade deal ahead of next round of post-Brexit negotiations

Barnier takes hard line on trade deal ahead of next round of post-Brexit negotiations

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has warned Boris Johnson to stick to his promises.

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Government ‘stepping up’ planning in event of no EU/UK trade deal being agreed

Government ‘stepping up’ planning in event of no EU/UK trade deal being agreed

Leo Varadkar said ‘very little progress’ has been made between the UK and EU in trade deal talks.

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 Tánaiste Simon Coveney seeking approval for Brexit Omnibus Bill and warns of no-deal

Tánaiste Simon Coveney seeking approval for Brexit Omnibus Bill and warns of no-deal

The spectre of Britain crashing out of the EU without a trade deal will be discussed at Cabinet today as the outgoing government launches contingency plans for when the Brexit transition period ends.

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UK chief negotiator says any EU request for Brexit extension would be rejected

UK chief negotiator says any EU request for Brexit extension would be rejected

Mr Frost was answering questions from Peers on the House of Lords EU Committee

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Stormont should ask Government for Brexit extension, says Mallon

Stormont should ask Government for Brexit extension, says Mallon

The Infrastructure minister said the last thing Northern Ireland needed was a ‘cliff edge’ departure from the transition arrangements.

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UK ‘firm’ against extension of Brexit transition period, says chief negotiator

UK ‘firm’ against extension of Brexit transition period, says chief negotiator

David Frost insisted that Britain is taking the stance to avoid more ‘significant’ payments to the EU.

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EU open to two-year Brexit extension, says Michel Barnier

EU open to two-year Brexit extension, says Michel Barnier

The European Union is “open” to a two-year Brexit delay, chief negotiator Michel Barnier has confirmed.

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57k firms still do not have revenue number for post-Brexit trade with Britain

57k firms still do not have revenue number for post-Brexit trade with Britain

Around 57,000 firms still do not have a Revenue-issued company number needed to do business in Britain after Brexit.Finance Minister, Paschal Donohoe, said that of 96,000 businesses that traded with Britain in 2019, some 57,000 do not currently have an EORI number.

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Taoiseach claims British government is using Northern Ireland as leverage in EU trade talks

Taoiseach claims British government is using Northern Ireland as leverage in EU trade talks

“Sure they would do that, wouldn’t they? But we’re wise to it as well.”

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