Central Bank of Ireland tweetz:
“The Central Bank has published the fourth Quarterly Bulletin of 2019, which outlines divergent paths for the Irish economy depending on the outcome of Brexit process.
“The Irish economy continues to grow strongly, supported by strong growth in employment and real incomes.
“The path ahead for the economy is linked to the outcome of ongoing Brexit negotiations. If a disorderly, no-deal Brexit can be avoided, it is projected that underlying economic activity will grow at a relatively solid pace in coming years.
“In a no-deal scenario, however, significant disruption and the negative shock to economic activity would adversely affect output and employment and the path ahead for the next few years would be very different.”
Economics correspondent at Virgin Media Paul Colgan tweetz:
“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is in eBay’s Irish headquarters this morning. He hasn’t sold the backstop deal yet.”
Read the Central Bank of Ireland’s quarterly bulletin in full here
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) and EU Council President Donald Tusk at the G7 summit in France this week
…I now notice a subtle tone change. In his one-to-one chats in Paris, Berlin and at the G7 with European Council President Donald Tusk, the prime minister has managed to persuade Brussels that:
a) He is serious in his threat to pursue a no-deal Brexit if no agreement with the EU can be found; and b) He would actively prefer to get a deal through parliament if possible.
But this change in perception does not alter facts on the ground.
EU leaders still think a no-deal Brexit is the most likely option right now.
Brexit: Is EU softening over Withdrawal Agreement? (BBC)
Pic: Sky News
Donald Tusk, president of the European Council with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin last March
Brexit: Boris Johnson says ‘anti-democratic’ backstop must be scrapped (BBC)
Last night: Contact
European Council president Donald Tusk speaking at a press conference in Brussels today.
It follows the EU last night agreeing to postpone Brexit until May 22 – as long as MPs in Westminster approve British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal next week.
If MPs don’t approve her deal, Britain will leave on April 12.
Ms May had sought an extension until June 30.
‘Hope dies last’ – Europe reflects on Brexit shambles after Brussels summit (The Irish Times)
Previously: Tusk Tusk
British PM Theresa May’s letter to the president of the European Council Donald Tusk in which she asks that the Brexit process can be delayed until June 30, 2019.
Britain was scheduled to leave on March 29, 2019.
Via Faisal Islam
Theresa May is seeking a short Brexit delay – what happens next? (The Guardian)
Yesterday: He Is Among Us
May to bring twice-defeated deal back to parliament (RTE)
At Government Buildings in Dublin.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets European Council President Donald Tusk for talks ahead of the European Council summit later in the week.
Beats Juncker, spose.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is shown where to stand by European Council President Donald Tusk before their meeting at the Europa building in Brussels, Belgium this morning.
Tusk, speaking at a joint news conference with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar after their talks in Brussels, reiterated the European Union’s stance that the Irish border backstop in the withdrawal agreement had to stay.
“I’ve been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely,” Tusk said.
Varadkar said the Brexit deal, which has since been rejected by the UK parliament, was “the best possible”. He said Britain’s recent political instability was yet another proof of why the backstop was needed.
EU won’t re-open Brexit deal, hopes May will have new proposals: EU’s Tusk (Reuters)
Tusk says ‘special place in hell’ for Brexiteers who didn’t have plan (RTÉ)
University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4
President of the European Council Donald Tusk became an Honorary member of University College Dublin (UCD) Law society.
Mr Tusk gave a speech addressing his vision of Europe, Politics and Brexit , the future of European integration beyond the completion of the Monetary and Banking Union and his personal experience as a student political activist in Poland.
Mr Tusk told the audience (including Louise Hogan, Law Society auditor, top):
“I don’t like Brexit. Actually, that’s an understatement: I believe Brexit is one of the saddest moments in twenty first-century European history. In fact, sometimes I am even furious about it.”
EU’s Donald Tusk Says He’s Sometimes Furious About Brexit (Bloomberg)
Ulster Hall, Belfast
The Freedom of the City of Belfast is bestowed by Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister (left) on former US President Bill Clinton and Senator George Mitchell, both in town to mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement
Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye