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Monday, 18 December 2017

May to say UK intends to sign trade deals in Brexit transition period

May to say UK intends to sign trade deals in Brexit transition period
- Theresa May will tell MPs on Monday that Britain intends to negotiate and sign new trade deals during a transition period after it leaves the European Union in March 2019. In a statement to the House of Commons on last week's EU summit, the prime minister will make it clear that although Britain will ...

Curse of Brexit can't be broken by wishful thinking

Curse of Brexit can't be broken by wishful thinking
- They talked as if the conclusion of the Phase One discussions on the three issues of the Irish border, citizens' rights and the settlement of the UK's financial obligations, meant all the tricky problems were out of the way and work could immediately start on the details of Britain's post Brexit trade deals.

Irish tensions stoked by Brexit border 'deal'

Irish tensions stoked by Brexit border 'deal'
- The Irish presidential role is largely ceremonial and an election at least 12 months away. He then went on to suggest that this “Irish stuff” had only recently become an issue and Brexit was being used as cover for other political ambitions and agendas – despite the fact that politicians, journalists and ...

Britain 'has to face the consequences' of Brexit warns Michel Barnier

Britain 'has to face the consequences' of Brexit warns Michel Barnier
- Barnier has said the EU will give Britain its 'most ambitious' trade deal but only if it meets the bloc's stringent Brexit conditions. Barnier warned Britain it had to come up with a solution to avoid imposing a hard border between Ireland and British-ruled Northern Ireland if it wanted talks to move on to trade.

Passport applications from UK almost double after Brexit vote

Passport applications from UK almost double after Brexit vote
- Nearly twice as many people in the United Kingdom are applying for Irish passports this year, than before the British voted to leave the European Union. To date this year 81,287 passport applications have been made from Britain, and another 80,964 from Northern Ireland alone. In total 162,251 ...

British business must sharpen up their Brexit contingency plans, report warns

British business must sharpen up their Brexit contingency plans, report warns
- Prime Minister Theresa May has been given the green light by Brussels to shift Brexit negotiations onto trade after reaching an agreement on areas such as the divorce bill and the Irish border. However, Brexit uncertainty will remain a risk to British business until question marks over the trade agreement 

GDP surge will extend next year, say analysts

GDP surge will extend next year, say analysts
- keep up the pace in 2018, despite Brexit headwinds, analysts have predicted. The CSO said under the conventional GDP measure that growth surged 4.2% in the summer quarter from the spring quarter, and soared 10.5% from a year earlier. Ireland is again an outlier in the international growth league ...

Irish football fans top rainbow league

Irish football fans top rainbow league
Irish football fans would be the most comfortable supporting an openly gay player in their national team, according to a poll of 50,000 fans across 38 countries. It was conducted by Stonewall, an LGBT equality charity, and Forza Football, an app with more than 1.5m daily users. Asked how comfortable ...