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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tanáiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs this evening

This evening.

Government buildings.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he is ‘surprised and disappointment’ with British government over failure to reach agreement in Brexit talks.


British Prime Minister Theresa May and President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker this afternoon

DUP leader Arlene Foster has said that Northern Ireland must leave the EU on the same terms as the rest of the UK, and added that the DUP will not accept any regulatory divergence.

She said the Government is seeking to “unilaterally change the Belfast Agreement without our consent”.

Ms Foster added that “the economic and constitutional integrity of the UK must not be compromised in any way.”

No deal reached in Brexit talks between May and Juncker (RTÉ)

Earlier: ‘I Suspect It Will Look Very Like What It Looks Like Today’

Belgian MEP Phillippe Lamberts has told Sky News the UK Government has agreed to a “Special Situation For Ireland”

This morning/afternoon

According to two well-placed sources, the text that negotiators have been working on intensively over the past five days, spell out that the UK will agree that on either side of the border there would be no divergence on EU single market and customs union rules after Brexit.

This has long been the Irish Government’s preferred solution for avoiding a hard border.

The text says that the UK has agreed that the Good Friday Agreement will be protected.

All better

UK to make Brexit concessions over NI (RTÉ)

Britain Concedes (The Guardian)

RollingNews/Sky News



Thanks Tom

From top: Yesterday’s London Evening Standard; tweet from spoof Daily Mail account

These attitude mirrors the conveyor belt of myths perpetuated against Scottish independence; subsidy junkies, Arc of Insolvency, Skintland etc etc, and it’s no surprise to see them wheeled out again against Ireland’s entirely legitimate issues about a hard border.

All of this is entirely consistent with the politics of Leave: blame foreigners, blame immigrants, blame Bureaucrats, blame anyone but take responsibility. The political narrative of false-grievance, exceptionalism and stoking resentment will however soon run its course.

The problem for Brexiteers and English xenophobes is that the Irish have been deeply embedded in European politics for a very long time, and whilst goodwill for the British is spent, Ireland has considerable allies who will support her.


The Subsidy Junkies (Bella Caledonian, Don’t Read Everything You Believe)

DUP leader Arlene Foster on BBC

BBC reports:

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar “should know better” than to “play around” with Northern Ireland over Brexit, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party says.

Arlene Foster accused Mr Varadkar of being “reckless” as Brexit talks enter a “critical phase”.

She was speaking after meeting Theresa May at Downing Street.

The Irish government says any hard border with Northern Ireland should be off the table.

…Speaking to BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Mrs Foster said: “Some people are taking their moment in the sun, to try and get the maximum in relation to the negotiations – and I understand that but you shouldn’t play about with Northern Ireland particularly at a time when we’re trying to bring about devolved government again.”

WATCH INTERVIEW: Irish PM should know better over Brexit, says Arlene Foster (BBC)

Yesterday: Leo’s Day In The Sun


On Saturday, The Sun in Britain carried the editorial above.

It was not published in The Irish Sun.

Further to this…

Breaking News reports:

Responding to the paper’s article, Varadkar said he had read the editorial in question.

He explained: “I think it’s the second or third time that the Tory press have had a go at me – which is interesting because, here in Ireland, the left and others accuse me of being a Tory.

“I guess I treat all that commentary with the respect it deserves – which isn’t very much.”

THE SUN SAYS Ireland’s naive young prime minister should shut his gob on Brexit and grow up (The Sun)

Taoiseach hits back at ‘Brexit Buffoon’ commentary from ‘Tory press’ (Breaking News)

Taoiseach wants ‘firm commitment’ from Britain on Irish border (RTE)

This morning.

Government Buildings, Dublin 2

European Parliament Brexit Co-ordinator, Guy Verhofstadt meets Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister of State for Mental Health European Affairs, Helen McEntee…

Ahead of a joint sitting of the Oireachtas Committees on European Affairs, Foreign Affairs, and the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, where  Mr Verhofstadt said he wanted to deliver a “message of solidarity” with the Irish people.

“What we will never allow is that Ireland will suffer from the British decision to leave the EU,” he said.

“That is a commitment that has been made by the European parliament and by the EU as a whole.”

He also said the EU must also ensure that there is no return to the past, and to hard borders on our continent “and certainly not to a hard  border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic,” he added.

Verhofstadt tells Dáil EU will not allow Ireland suffer due to Brexit (RTÉ)

Leah Farrell/Rollingnews

This afternoon.

Government Buildings, Dublin 2

UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond MP in Dublin for a Meeting with the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD to discuss brexit this afternoon.

Toner’s so.

We are determined To Avoid A Physical Border In ireland (Philip Hammond, Irish Times)

Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie