Northern Ireland

It's time to stop believing in these 'magic' Brexit solutions

UK’s unlikely proposals to solve Irish border question leaves Brussels wondering if customs union may be most realistic optionFrom the minute the UK government first proposed its idea last August of maintaining “invisible borders” after Brexit, the

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EU rejects Irish border proposals and says Brexit talks could still fail

Michel Barnier says the UK wants to cherry pick its terms, and that the EU response is: ‘No way’The EU’s chief negotiator has said there is still a “risk of failure” in the Brexit negotiations as Brussels again rejected the UK’s proposals to a

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RHI Inquiry: Cash-for-ash 'not just benefitting DUP voters'

Arlene Foster rejects suggestions that the RHI scheme was meant to benefit supporters of her party.

Northern Ireland

RHI Inquiry: Foster 'never demanded Stormont secrecy'

The DUP leader says she never instructed civil servants not to take minutes at meetings she had with them.

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RHI Inquiry: Foster adviser denies document 'leaking habit'

A former adviser to Arlene Foster apologises for sending a internal RHI scheme document to his poultry-farmer cousin.

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Why deny Mo Mowlam, my stepmum, credit for the Good Friday agreement? | Henrietta Norton

Amid this week’s official celebrations her name was barely mentioned. But ordinary people know what she didAs I watched the 20-year celebrations of the Good Friday agreement play out, my frustration and anger began to boil over. “Where the fuck&n

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Essential to avoid disaster of hard Irish border, says Tony Blair

Former PM, speaking after 20 years of Good Friday agreement, says Brexit must be managedTony Blair has accepted that Britain and Ireland will have to work around rather than reverse Brexit in order to prevent a hard border on the island and preserve the G

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The Good Friday agreement is so much more than a ‘shibboleth’ | Fintan O’Toole

In the wake of the Brexit vote, the treaty’s recognition that identity is complex and changeable seems all the more vitalTwenty years ago, when the Good Friday agreement was signed, there were many emotions in the air: hope, relief, a kind of giddy fati

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Labour minister sorry for calling Good Friday agreement a shibboleth

Barry Gardiner apologises for ‘misunderstanding’ caused by comments on Irish border that differed from party policyBarry Gardiner, the shadow international trade secretary, has apologised for suggesting that the Good Friday agreement was “outdated o

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Barry Gardiner: Good Friday deal 'played up' for economic reasons

Labour MP says no reason to fear a post-Brexit hard border leading to return of paramilitary activityBarry Gardiner, the shadow trade secretary, has described the Good Friday agreement as a shibboleth that was being “played up” in the Brexit negotiati

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The Guardian view on the Good Friday agreement: still a shared achievement | Editorial

Northern Ireland is a better place for 20 years of peace. But the effort to uphold it requires constant commitment, especially in BritainIn 2016, in a book entitled In Praise of Forgetting, the American writer David Rieff took aim at the idea that human s

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Blaming Dublin for endangering the Good Friday agreement is absurd | Letters

Simon Sweeney and Anna Corne dispute David Trimble’s suggestion that the Irish government is at fault with its stance on the post-Brexit border; Guthrie McKie hopes voters will punish the DUP for supporting an unpopular governmentDavid Trimble’s sugge

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David Trimble: Ireland risks provoking paramilitaries over post-Brexit border

Former Northern Ireland first minister says any special deal to keep region in Europe would destroy key tenet of Good Friday agreement David Trimble, whose support was critical in creating the Good Friday agreement, has warned that the Irish government ri

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