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This morning.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald (centre) met with Britian’s Prime Minister Theresa May (top ) ahead of Ms May giving a speech in Belfast this morning about Brexit.

Ms McDonald spoke to Philip Boucher Hayes on RTÉ Radio One after they met.

From the interview…

Mary Lou McDonald:It seems to me that she has come to Ireland to deliver a speech that really represents picking a fight with Ireland and picking a fight with the EU. I have put it to her that the rhetoric around protecting the Good Friday Agreement, in all of its parts, the rhetoric around preventing any hardening of the border is just that – it’s rhetoric. And it superseded entirely by her instinct, her desire to play to the Brexiteer gallery back in Britain and within he DUP. So it was a firm meeting a very challenging meeting. I said to her, umpteen times and I reiterated it again – a) that Ireland cannot and will not be the collateral damage of the Tory/Brexit. I have to tell you Philip I came away from that meeting with no sense of reassurance…

Philip Boucher Hayes: “Let’s break it down bit by bit Mary Lou. What was her reaction to your suggestion that Britain was picking a fight with Ireland?”

Mary Lou McDonald: “Of course she rejects that. I think you will see and you will hear when the, when her speech is delivered shortly that it is very much posited as a Unionist speech. I mean, there’s no great surprise in that. Theresa May is a Unionist and that’s fair enough.

“But she is particularly tone deaf to politics here in this part of Ireland. She doesn’t seem to have any deep appreciation of the fact that some 50% of the population would not ascribe to themselves the definition or the identity of Unionist. She seems to have only a very superficial understanding that the north of Ireland is a place apart…this place isn’t as British essentially, things are different here. And Ireland, the island, the North, in particular, but the island as a whole, because of the particularities here, requires a bespoke solution and absolutely needs a worst case scenario contingency plan – the backstop as it’s called…”

Listen back in full here

Pic: Paul Reilly



David Blevins (Sky News): “Prime Minister, you said the EU backstop would be a breach of the Good Friday Agreement because the majority of people here wish to remain in the UK. But the majority of people here have also voted to remain in the EU. So are you not now in breach of the Good Friday Agreement?”

Theresa May: “I think, if we look at what happened in the referendum. A decision was taken that, across the United Kingdom, people would be asked their view on whether or not to leave the European Union. And parliament said and Government said that it would accept that collective view that was taken across the United Kingdom and that is exactly what we are doing. And within the UK there were different votes in different parts of the UK but, overall, the result was that people wanted to leave the EU and we’re delivering on that and I believe that it’s an important part of our, of people’s trust in politics, given that parliament said it was the overall choice of the people of the UK, that we respect that overall choice that they took.”


Today’s front page of the English edition of The Sun.


AIR HEAD Ireland’s PM has been branded ‘mad’ for threatening to stop British planes flying over Ireland as revenge for Brexit (The Sun)

THE SUN SAYS The Irish PM is a fool, but this latest tantrum exposes Brussels’ intentions to keep us in its grip (The Sun editorial)


This afternoon.

US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May (top) at Chequers, Aylesbury , Buckinghamshire and inflatable Trump during protests in in Westminster, London.

His finest hour.

Theresa May lavishes praise on president, as he rows back Brexit remarks and says US-UK relationship is ‘highest level of special’ (Independent.co.uk)

Earlier: Gotcha

Pics: Getty/AP

This morning’s UK The Sun

He said the Brexit proposals Mrs May and her cabinet thrashed out at the PM’s country house Chequers last week “would probably end a major trade relationship with the United States.”

“We have enough difficulty with the European Union,” he said, saying the EU has “not treated the United States fairly on trading”.

He also said Mrs May had not listened to his advice on how to do a Brexit deal, saying: “I would have done it much differently. I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn’t agree, she didn’t listen to me. She wanted to go a different route,” he said.

Donald Trump and Theresa May meet amid Brexit storm (BBC)

I told Theresa May how to do Brexit but she wrecked it — the US trade deal is off, says Donald Trump (The Sun)

Oh, wait now.

Trump Says Relationship With May Is Very Strong (RTE News)

Cathal O’Rourke writes:

This BBC Spotlight thing was on the other night. Includes:

Environmental profiteering!
Dirty Ukrainian Money!
The Tories!
The DUP!
Brexit !

…and a cameo from Christopher Wylie (top), of Cambridge Analytica infamy, and  the FBI agent who brought down the Wolf of Wall Street

Stick the kettle on etc, and to the pitchforks afterwards.


The proposal includes a 10 mile-wide buffer zone the length of Northern Ireland’s border

Was it for this?

…[UK Brexit secretary] David Davis is devising a new Brexit plan to break a talks deadlock by giving Northern Ireland joint EU and UK status as well as a border buffer zone.

Under the radical blueprint, the province would operate a double hatted regime of European and British regulations at the same time, so it can trade freely with both.


ULSTER FRY-UP David Davis devises 10 mile-wide trade buffer zone along Northern Ireland border to break deadlock in Brexit talks (The Sun)

Graph via The Sun

From top: Michael Barnier and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, Mr Barnier and moderator: Áine Lawlor at an event called “The Brexit Negotiations: State of play and future direction” this afternoon

This afternoon.

Dundalk Institute of Technology, County Louth.

The All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit: Fourth Plenary Session featuring the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michael Barnier.

He said there can be no Brexit withdrawal agreement without a “backstop” option for the Irish border,

Mr Barnier denied claims from Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), that he has been “aggressive” towards Northern Ireland unionists in the Brexit talks.

The DUP leader said earlier that Mr Barnier did not understand the dispute and was not an “honest broker”.

In response, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said he was not ready to engage in “polemics” with Mrs Foster.

He said he had not approached the negotiations in a “spirit of revenge”

Barnier warns of no Brexit deal without border backstop (BBC)

He looks well.

UK must accept it is decision time on Brexit – Hogan (RTE)