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Irish backstop – Boris Johnson defends Covid record after summer of U-turns Irish backstop – Boris Johnson defends Covid record after summer of U-turns

Irish backstop – Boris Johnson defends Covid record after summer of U-turns

By 1 month ago

Boris Johnson has defended his government’s record after a summer of U-turns that has seen his personal poll ratings slump amid unease on the Conservative backbenches. The prime minister told his cabinet that they deserved credit for leading the national effort to defeat coronavirus, which has claimed more than 41,000 lives in Britain. “In the…

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Irish backstop – Brexit: Boris Johnson has undermined trust in UK, says EU Irish backstop – Brexit: Boris Johnson has undermined trust in UK, says EU

Irish backstop – Brexit: Boris Johnson has undermined trust in UK, says EU

By 1 month ago

The European Union has requested an extraordinary meeting with British counterparts to discuss the implementation of the agreement to avoid a border on the island of Ireland, expressing deep concerns after Downing Street revealed plans to override the deal. Maroš Šefcovic, a European Commission vice-president who co-chairs the EU-UK joint committee on the implementation and…

Irish backstop – Taoiseach tells Johnson in ‘forthright terms’ of concerns about intention to breach deal Irish backstop – Taoiseach tells Johnson in ‘forthright terms’ of concerns about intention to breach deal

Irish backstop – Taoiseach tells Johnson in ‘forthright terms’ of concerns about intention to breach deal

By 2 months ago

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has spoken to Boris Johnson and set out in “forthright terms” his concerns about the British move to unilaterally walk away from aspects of the withdrawal agreement signed last year, the Government said in a statement this evening. Mr Martin outlined his concerns to Boris Johnson about the “breach of an international…

Irish backstop – Brexit: Johnson puts six-week deadline on EU talks Irish backstop – Brexit: Johnson puts six-week deadline on EU talks

Irish backstop – Brexit: Johnson puts six-week deadline on EU talks

By 2 months ago

Your Web Browser may be out of date. If you are using Internet Explorer 9, 10 or 11 our Audio player will not work properly. For a better experience use Google Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge. Boris Johnson has put a six-week deadline on negotiations towards a post-Brexit deal with the EU, threatening to walk…

Northern Ireland Brexit: Sinn Féin and the SDLP warn PM against reneging on deal Northern Ireland Brexit: Sinn Féin and the SDLP warn PM against reneging on deal

Northern Ireland Brexit: Sinn Féin and the SDLP warn PM against reneging on deal

By 2 months ago

Image caption Details on the nature and extent of goods checks at Northern Ireland ports are still to be agreed Sinn Féin, the SDLP and Alliance have warned Boris Johnson against reneging on his Brexit deal amid reports he plans to override the NI Protocol.The Financial Times reported the UK plans new legislation to end…

Irish backstop – Tony Abbott ‘the wrong appointment on every level’ as trade adviser Irish backstop – Tony Abbott ‘the wrong appointment on every level’ as trade adviser

Irish backstop – Tony Abbott ‘the wrong appointment on every level’ as trade adviser

By 2 months ago

Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott says he is looking forward to contributing his “expertise” in global commerce to help Britain in his new role as adviser to the UK Board of Trade. Mr Abbott’s appointment has sparked a heated reaction in some quarters, with critics saying he is well known for holding misogynistic and…

Irish backstop – No deal without implementation Northern Ireland protocol, EU says Irish backstop – No deal without implementation Northern Ireland protocol, EU says

Irish backstop – No deal without implementation Northern Ireland protocol, EU says

By 2 months ago

The implementation of last year’s Brexit withdrawal agreement that sets out special conditions for the North in order to avoid a hard border with the Republic is a “prerequisite” for a deal to be reached with Britain, the European Commission has said. It came as diplomats and officials in Brussels expressed shock at British government…

Northern Ireland Victims of blood scandal welcome payments increase Northern Ireland Victims of blood scandal welcome payments increase

Northern Ireland Victims of blood scandal welcome payments increase

By 2 months ago

Image copyright PA Image caption The contaminated blood scandal has been called “the worst scandal in the history of the NHS”. NI victims of the contaminated blood scandal have welcomed an increase in financial support to them.Victims in Northern Ireland have previously received less than those in England, Scotland and Wales.At the weekend Health Minister…

Irish backstop – No deal without implementation of Northern Ireland protocol, EU says Irish backstop – No deal without implementation of Northern Ireland protocol, EU says

Irish backstop – No deal without implementation of Northern Ireland protocol, EU says

By 2 months ago

The implementation of last year’s Brexit withdrawal agreement that sets out special conditions for the North in order to avoid a hard border with the Republic is a “prerequisite” for a deal to be reached with Britain, the European Commission has said. It came as diplomats and officials in Brussels expressed shock at British government…

Irish backstop – Brexit: No deal without implementing NI protocol, EU says Irish backstop – Brexit: No deal without implementing NI protocol, EU says

Irish backstop – Brexit: No deal without implementing NI protocol, EU says

By 2 months ago

The implementation of last year’s Brexit withdrawal agreement that sets out special conditions for the North in order to avoid a hard border with the Republic is a “prerequisite” for a deal to be reached with Britain, the European Commission has said. It came as diplomats and officials in Brussels expressed shock at British government…

Northern Ireland Coronavirus: Republic of Ireland Covid cases ‘deeply concerning’ Northern Ireland Coronavirus: Republic of Ireland Covid cases ‘deeply concerning’

Northern Ireland Coronavirus: Republic of Ireland Covid cases ‘deeply concerning’

By 2 months ago

Image copyright Getty Images The number of new coronavirus cases in the Republic of Ireland is “deeply concerning”, the taoiseach (Irish PM) has said.Two hundred new cases were reported on Saturday – the highest number in a single day since the start of May.A further 66 were confirmed on Sunday, taking the country’s total number…

Northern Ireland Italian monks in Wales on London to Ireland walk Northern Ireland Italian monks in Wales on London to Ireland walk

Northern Ireland Italian monks in Wales on London to Ireland walk

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Image caption Brother Biagio and Brother David were not originally planning to visit Wales on their journey Two Italian monks are in Wales as they walk from London to Ireland on a “pilgrimage of peace”.Brother Biagio and colleague Brother David refuse to accept lifts and carry no money, relying on the hospitality of strangers they…

Irish backstop – Culture wars now a proxy for political debate Irish backstop – Culture wars now a proxy for political debate

Irish backstop – Culture wars now a proxy for political debate

By 2 months ago

Should those Shelbourne Hotel statues have remained in situ? Was Winston Churchill a great statesman or should he be viewed as a callous racist? Are the lyrics of Rule Britannia offensive or should Britons sing the patriotic number with pride? Are mandatory face masks a crude imposition on our basic civil liberties? If you care…

Northern Ireland Same-sex marriage: Religious ceremonies to start in NI Northern Ireland Same-sex marriage: Religious ceremonies to start in NI

Northern Ireland Same-sex marriage: Religious ceremonies to start in NI

By 2 months ago

Image copyright Getty Images/Lisafx Image caption Religious same-sex wedding ceremonies in NI were given the go-ahead by Westminster The first same-sex religious marriages can be arranged in Northern Ireland from Tuesday. It follows legislation introduced by the Northern Ireland Office in July.There are, however, exemptions and protections for religious bodies that do not wish to…

Irish backstop – Johnson’s ‘get Brexit done’ cabinet once again found wanting Irish backstop – Johnson’s ‘get Brexit done’ cabinet once again found wanting

Irish backstop – Johnson’s ‘get Brexit done’ cabinet once again found wanting

By 2 months ago

It speaks to a particular character of Boris Johnson’s government that the highly gaffe-prone Gavin Williamson sits comfortably in the cabinet as secretary of state for education. The ongoing A-level results debacle – that saw tens of thousands of students unexpectedly downgraded (specifically disadvantaging students from state schools) – is just the latest political storm…

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