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Brexit shows ‘we need to stick together as a community’

Writing for the Irish World, the Chief Executive of Irish in Britain Brian Dalton says the current growth of civil activism and social organisation is helping to counter the divisive effects of Brexit. We need it to continue, he says. The events of recent years have created an environment of uncertainty and challenges for many […]

Event on Irish in UK post-Brexit to be held next month

The umbrella group for Irish organisations in this country, Irish in Britain, is to hold a special Brexit conference next month. The half-day symposium, Brexit through the Green: Interpretation, Identity and Irishness, will be held at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, Islington, London N7 6PA between 1pm-5.30pm on Saturday 13 July. It will include […]

I can renegotiate Brexit deal as PM, Corbyn claims in Dublin

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, has claimed he could renegotiate the Brexit deal as prime minister and that any second referendum must involve “a new deal” with Europe. The Labour leader’s comment despite months of the EU repeatedly ruling out any re-opening of Theresa May’s thrice-defeated withdrawal agreement. Speaking in Dublin, where […]

A border poll should not be rushed like Brexit, warns Mallon

One of the key negotiators of the Good Friday Agreement and someone instrumental in abolishing the RUC, former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Seamus Mallon, has warned against a rush to a Border Poll if Britain now crashes out of the EU with no deal. British Prime Minister Theresa May has warned Cabinet colleagues […]

New Tory leader won’t change Brexit deal, warns Coveney

A change of Tory leader will not change Northern Ireland’s Brexit backstop, Ireland’s Foreign Minister and Tánaiste Simon Coveney warned British politicians this week. The Tánaiste warned British politicians against playing “party politics” with peace in Northern Ireland. He also said they fundamentally “misunderstand” the EU if they believe that a Tory leadership change would […]

‘EU elections are best chance to stop Brexit and protect Belfast agreement’

Writing in the Irish World, former BBC presenter and Change UK MEP candidate Gavin Esler says the European Parliament elections could be our last, best chance to stop Brexit and protect the Belfast Agreement. My first job in journalism was with The Belfast Telegraph, and when I had a weekend off – like everyone else […]

Border Communities protest against a hard Brexit border

By Trudy Prescott in Belcoo During the Troubles two tiny Irish villages, Blacklion and Belcoo, nestled in the Cuilcagh Mountains and the Marble Arch Caves area (now a UNESCO Global Geopark) were divided by a ‘hard border’ bridge. This bridge, over the Belcoo River (Béal Cú meaning mouth of the river), joins the N16 to […]

‘Darker than dark’: The hidden forces bankrolling Brexit

Colin Gannon Tufton Street, London: an inconspicuous metropolitan street close to Westminster, lined with unspectacular, red-bricked Victorian townhouses. To outsiders, this appears a relatively dreary, ostensibly normal city centre street; to political insiders, the street’s name is a signifier of the murky machine of hardline conservatism responsible for driving the UK closer to the brink […]

Skills shortages as EU workers shun Brexit Britain

Skills shortages across health, education and construction are “starting to bite” as Brexit exacerbates issues companies have with filling vacancies. Meanwhile, the UK’s construction industry, which makes up just six per cent of the UK economy but has huge knock-on effects for the rest of the country’s economic activity, has been paralyzed as lenders and […]

‘No meal Brexit’ looms

Colin Gannon A no-deal Brexit could lead to food shortages and tariffs of up to 45 per cent which will “squeeze’ household budgets across the UK and Ireland, retail organisations have warned. Since it looks increasingly likely that the UK could leave the European Union without an agreement, the British Retail Consortium (BRC), Northern Ireland […]

Irish licence holders reassured they can drive in UK after Brexit

Colin Gannon Irish licence holders are being reassured that they can drive on UK roads even if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Their UK counterparts – UK licence holders in Ireland – are being told they must trade them in for the Irish equivalent since they will become defunct if Theresa May’s […]

Irish government publishes emergency no-deal Brexit bill

Colin Gannon The Irish government has today published emergency legislation it hopes “is not needed” but will mitigate some of the “major” economic shocks if the UK crashes out of the EU on Ireland. Tánaiste Simon Coveney warned that Ireland could return to a budget deficit unless British parliament ratifies a Brexit deal in time. […]

Special place in hell for Brexiteer politicians, says Tusk

Colin Gannon Theresa May will return to Brussels on Thursday to seek concessions from the EU despite continued resistance from Dublin its leaders to reopen the withdrawal agreement. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker described his job as “hell” on Wednesday evening after he was asked to comment on an earlier statement from European Council President […]

Citizens’ assembly ‘won’t tackle root causes of Brexit’

Colin Gannon A citizens’ assembly could be used to break the Brexit deadlock but will not “even begin to solve” any of the social issues which caused it to happen, a leading political scientist has said. A growing number of MPs are in favour of holding citizens’ assemblies like those used in Ireland, where a […]

Brent council hosting public meeting on Brexit

The home of London’s biggest EU national community is to hold a public meeting to discuss Brexit. Brent, the home of London’s biggest community of EU nationals and historically an area with a large Irish contingent, will be hosting a public meeting about Brexit tonight, January 14, on the eve of the Parliament vote on […]

Citing Brexit, Micheal Martin rules out 2019 general election

The Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has agreed to a one-year extension of the confidence and supply agreement between his party and Leo Vardakar’s Fine Gael, arguing that it is in Ireland’s “national interest”. Mr Martin, speaking in the Dáil today, said that under normal circumstances, a general election would be called for. However, political […]

Embattled PM says her removal may delay or cancel Brexit

A beleaguered Theresa May today claimed that the no-confidence vote in her leadership may lead to the delay or cancellation of Brexit. This morning, it was announced that at least 48 disgruntled Conservative Party MPs had written letters of protest in support of ousting the Prime Minister. May, who cancelled her meeting with Leo Varadkar […]

UK border not even nearly ready for Brexit, says watchdog

By Bernard Purcell With Brexit just five months away the British government and Whitehall are, as yet, utterly unprepared for the border chaos arising from leaving the EU without a deal, according to a leading government watchdog. The damning National Audit Office report says most of the complex issues surrounding the UK border in the […]

Dáil parties to stick as twist could bust Brexit talks

There’s seldom a dull moment on the Irish political scene and as the presidential election reached its zenith this week, the real fun and games begin as the country’s two biggest political parties sit down to see if they can negotiate a new deal to avoid an election over the coming months. PJ Cunningham reports. […]

Irish status in UK “is assured” after Brexit

Colin Gannon The British government has said that the rights of Irish citizens living in the UK will continue to be protected by a non-binding agreement after Brexit, even in the event of a no-deal crash out of the bloc. The latest batch of impact papers published by the Department for Exiting the European Union […]

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