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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe with the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid in Downing Street last night

Last night.

11, Downing Street, London

“If the United Kingdom became a third country, it would have a fundamental effect on the nature of the economic relationship between the United Kingdom and Ireland because obviously, they would be outside the single market, they would be outside the customs unions and they would be treated like other countries that are outside of the European Union from a trading point of view. Were that to happen – which it would in the event of a no-deal Brexit – it would fundamentally change the relationship that is there.”

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe.

Paschal Donohoe – Anglo-Irish relations ‘would fundamentally change in no-deal Brexit scenario (Independent.ie)

Brexit LIVE: Leo Varadkar says ANOTHER delay coming as EU tries to dodge no deal (Express)

Pic via Sajid Javid

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson

…In Brussels, the European Commission insisted it was open to talks but made clear Theresa May’s Brexit agreement was “the best possible deal” Britain was going to get.

That position was underlined by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who insisted that the Withdrawal Agreement, including the backstop, could not be re-opened.

The latest exchanges followed reports from Brussels that EU officials had concluded that Boris Johnson’s new government had no intention of negotiating and that its “central scenario” was a no-deal break on 31 October.

The fight over no-deal Brexit: how might the crisis pan out? (The Guardian)

The fight over no-deal Brexit: how might the crisis pan out? (RTÉ)


This afternoon.

Brussels, Belgium.

Agricultural Committee, The European Parliament.

More as we get it.


Newly elected European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and (very) outgoing President Jean-Claude Juncker.

In fairness.

Yesterday: Shane Heneghan: Electing Ursula

Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan with Leo Varadkar in 2012

There had been some speculation in recent days that the former Fine Gael minister and election organiser might lose out due to the anger of Irish farmers over the EU-Mercosur draft deal allowing large quantities of South American meat into European markets.

But today the Cabinet is expected to give the former Kilkenny TD the nod for another five years in the post, which has a salary package of €300,000 per year.

Phil Hogan left Irish politics during recessionary times in 2014, as his name was associated with two new taxes, the ill-starred domestic water charges and the local property tax.

Hogan set to be renominated as EU commissioner (John Downing, Independent.ie)


From left: Christine Lagarde, new president of the European Central Bank; Charles Michel, president of the European Council, Josep Borrell, EU foreign policy chief. Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission and David Sassoli, president of the EU Parliament

Yesterday: Meet The New Boss

Pics: AFP

Thanks Charger Salmons

Taoiseach leo Varadkar and EU’s Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier this afternoon

This afternoon.

Brussels, Belgium

Speaking today, Mr Varadkar said: “There’s very much a strong view across the European Union that there shouldn’t be any more extensions.

“While I have endless patience, some of my colleagues have lost patience, quite frankly, with the UK – and there’s enormous hostility to any further extension.”

He suggested he could only see an extension being agreed to allow for something like a general election or second referendum in the UK.

The Taoiseach added: “What won’t be entertained is an extension for further negotiations, or further indicative votes – the time for that has long since passed.”

Enormous Hostility To Any Brexit Extension  – Varadkar (Newstalk)




Class wario writes:

Today’s Indo. Probably the most agreeable thing I’ve seen attributed to Leo….

German educational design studio Kurzgesagt applies its trademark balanced analysis to the upcoming EU elections. To wit:

Being a citizen of the European Union means that many aspects of our lives are regulated by a weird entity. It feels like a huge bureaucracy is making decisions over our heads. How democratic is the EU really and does your vote actually affect anything?

Previously: Just The Vaxx