Brexit

  • Boris Johnson says the UK will be "walking out" of the EU in 25 days without a deal if Brussels does not compromise.

     

    He's urged European politicians to "grasp the opportunity" his new Brexit proposal provides.

     

    But the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says he can't proceed with talks unless the plans change.

     

    Mr Johnson says his blueprint for a deal offers "practical compromises" to the EU.

     

    But Labour Party MP Lisa Nandy says the agreement isn't likely to pass through UK parliament:

  • Brexit and the north will be discussed in detail when the Taoiseach and British Prime Minister meet in Dublin tomorrow.

    The Taoiseach will emphasise that Ireland and the EU are still committed to securing a deal.

    However, all necessary arrangements are being made to manage a no deal scenario in the absence of any alternatives.

    He'll also warn of Ireland's deep concerns about any re-emergence of a hard border and the importance of protecting the Good Friday Agreement.

  • The British Prime Minister has confirmed the UK Government's draft plans for Brexit won't be published until after EU leaders meet later this month.

    Theresa May says her Cabinet will thrash out details of the White Paper at an away day in Buckinghamshire in England.

    Last month, Britain's Brexit secretary David Davis said it would be their "most significant publication on the EU since the referendum".

  • EU leaders have backed the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement.

    At a meeting in Brussels the EU27 chose to support the deal and the political declaration that outlines the future relationship between UK and EU.

    It still needs the approval of the British Parliament and the European Parliament before it's ratified

  • The EU's chief Brexit negotiator has said that a hard border must be avoided and the Good Friday Agreement protected.

     

    Michel Barnier has met Tánaiste Simon Coveney in Brussels this lunchtime.

     

    Michel Barnier has tweeted to say that a legally operative solution is needed in the Withdrawl Agreement to address the problems created by Brexit on the island of Ireland.

     

    The EU's chief Brexit negotiator added that a hard border must be avoided and the Good Friday Agreement, the all-island econmoy and the integrity of the single market must be protected.

     

    Mr. Barnier has said he hasn't seen any workable proposals from the UK, which could break the current impasse, and the UK's Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay is over in Brussels for talks too today.

     

    His meeting with Mr. Coveney and Mr. Barlcay come on the back of pointed comments by the President of the European Commission.

     

    Jean-Claude Juncker told a German newspaper that if the UK left the EU without a deal, Britain would be to blame.

     

    He also warned that any future trade relationship would be made harder by a no deal exit.

     

    It's been a busy morning on the Brexit front, with Boris Johnson's special adviser saying MPs will stop getting threats and abuse if they "respect" the EU referendum result.

     

    Dominic Cummings added that it's "not surprising" people are angry, because MPs are failing to deliver Brexit.

  • The government is predicting an exchequer surplus of 609 million euro in 2019.

    The figure is revealed in its pre-budget White Paper, which sets out expected returns up to the end of this year.

    However, threats of a no-deal Brexit and hundreds of million in overruns at the Departments of Health and Social Protection has seen it abandon plans to put 500 million euro in a Rainy Day fund.

    Labour leader Brendan Howlin says the fund clearly isn't working and the money now needs to be used to protect jobs.

  • The European Parliament is expected to issue a full response to Boris Johnson's new Brexit offer later, after he urged Brussels to "compromise."

    The British Prime Minister wants to get rid of the backstop - which aims to prevent a hard border.

    The DUP's welcomed the plans, but the UK's Labour party says they won't support them.

    The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier insists Brussels wants to find an agreement.

    Leo Varadkar spoke with Boris Johnson by phone last night to discuss the final British proposals for a Brexit deal.

    The Taoiseach says the last-ditch pitch doesn't meet the agreed objectives of the backstop agreement.

    Lisa Chambers, Fianna Fáil's Brexit spokesperson, says the plans published yesterday fall short of what people have been promised.

  • The incoming President of the European Commission has not wavered one centimeter on the Brexit backstop.

    That's the view of Fine Gael MEP for the Midlands Northwest Mairead McGuinness who was speaking after last night's vote in Strasbourg.

    Ursula von der Leyen got the backing of the European Parliament but only by a slim majority.

    Mairead McGuinness, the Vice President of the European Parliament insists when it comes to Brexit, Ursula von der Leyen is fully behind Ireland.

  • The Irish government has secured the best possible deal for Ireland both north and south in the agreed Brexit deal, according to Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.

    He says the Irish government’s negotiations throughout the process focused on the protection of the Good Friday Agreement and the avoidance of a hard border and both have been secured in the agreement now on the table.

    Nonetheless, he told Midwest News today that the deal is now in the hands of the British and while the Prime Minister Theresa May and her cabinet have given it the green light, it remains to be seen what will happen in the British Parliament this afternoon.

  • The Sinn Fein councillor to replace Castlebar based, Therese Ruane on Mayo county council was formally welcomed to the chamber yesterday evening at the monthly meeting of the authority.

    Joe McHale, originally from Straide was coopted into the seat, after Therese resigned due to work commitments.

    A large number of supporters of the new councillor, Joe McHale, were in the public gallery, for the occasion.

    He was welcomed by the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council Richard Finn and was invited to address the meeting.

    In his maiden speech, councillor McHale outlined his commitment to social housing, farming, and community issues but then went on to look at national and international  concerns around Brexit.

    He suggested that the decision by the UK to remove themselves from the EU could be advantageous to Ireland, stating “it could be a stepping stone for political change”.

     

  • The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney will deliver a key note address on Brexit in Sligo on Thursday evening which will be followed by a panel discussion with a range of speakers from the business, agriculture and transport sectors.

     Sligo Councillor, Sinead Maguire will host a public “Brexit and the Northwest” event on Thursday, in the Aurivo Auditorium at IT Sligo from 8pm-9.30pm.

    Cllr. Maguire is encouraging business people, members of the farming community, and members of the public to attend this important event to discuss the impact of Brexit on the Northwest and border regions.

    With the Brexit deadline of March 29th fast approaching, the Tanaiste will speak about the latest developments on Brexit.

    Cllr. Maguire will also facilitate a panel discussion on the potential impact of Brexit on the northwest and border regions.

  • The Tánaiste is to brief Cabinet colleagues today on the state of play on Brexit.

    Officials say Simon Coveney will bring a memo to discuss planning with ministers for the UK's EU exit.

    It comes amid growing pessimism in the Government about the prospects of a resolution in London, according to the Irish Times.

  • The Taoiseach, and UK Prime Minister discussed Brexit and the ongoing political impasse in the North at a private dinner in Farmleigh in Dublin.

    Leo Varadkar and Theresa May met last night, as Britain looks for an alternative to the current plans for the border in the Withdrawal Agreement.

    The meeting was described as taking place in a 'warm' atmosphere.

    The Taoiseach  though insisted the working dinner was not a formal negotiation. 

  • The Taoiseach says a positive vote in the House of Commons tonight will remove the dark cloud of Brexit from over Ireland.

    British MPs will vote on the withdrawal agreement once again this evening after Theresa May secured legally binding assurances to the backstop.

    It provides confirmation to the UK that the EU cannot try to trap it in the backstop indefinitely.

    The assurances will need to be enough to persuade pro-Brexit Conservatives and the DUP in order to get the deal over the line.

    Leo Varadkar says he hopes and trusts it will be passed by MPs this evening.

  • The Irish government has applied to include the Western region in a major European transport network.

    Ireland made the application for the Western Arc Region, stretching from Kerry to Donegal, to be part of the European Commission’s Ten-T core network.

    The project offers between 10-20% funding to develop major infrastructural projects across the EU.

    A review of the project has been brought forward two years to 2021, in the context of Brexit.

    Galway East TD Sean Canney has praised the reinstatement of the Western corridor to the Ten-T application.