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From TheJournal.ie Mary Lou McDonald says she told Boris Johnson 'to make sure he's not the DUP's gofer' Belfast

Mary Lou McDonald says she told Boris Johnson 'to make sure he's not the DUP's gofer'

DUP leader Arlene Foster said that Johnson told them “talk of a border poll is not something he’s interested in entertaining”.

From TheJournal.ie How the backstop created a back door for anti-Irish sentiment in the UK Tensions

How the backstop created a back door for anti-Irish sentiment in the UK

As the UK exit from the EU draws closer, the Irish government has become a frequent target of Brexiteers.

From TheJournal.ie Boris Johnson says Brexit is a 'massive economic opportunity' Brexit

Boris Johnson says Brexit is a 'massive economic opportunity'

He added it had been treated under his predecessor Theresa May as “an impending adverse weather event”.

From TheJournal.ie Boris Johnson's Brexit comments 'unhelpful', Coveney says Northern Ireland

Boris Johnson's Brexit comments 'unhelpful', Coveney says

The Tánaiste was meeting with new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Julian Smith today.

From TheJournal.ie Coveney says no-deal Brexit will be 'a disaster for us all' Backstop This post contains videos

Coveney says no-deal Brexit will be 'a disaster for us all'

The Tánaiste says he and others have worked for three years to avoid such a scenario.

From TheJournal.ie Andrew Adonis: 'Don't panic - Boris Johnson is the last throw of the Brexit dice' Last Gamble

Andrew Adonis: 'Don't panic - Boris Johnson is the last throw of the Brexit dice'

The former adviser to Tony Blair is speaking about Brexit at the IIEA in Dublin today.

From TheJournal.ie Reality of backstop not changing or going anywhere will confront new British prime minister, says Donohoe Backstop

Reality of backstop not changing or going anywhere will confront new British prime minister, says Donohoe

Jeremy Hunt proclaimed during a television debate with Boris Johnson that the backstop is “dead”.

From TheJournal.ie The UK's Brexit department is hiring four advisers - two for the backstop and two for 'alternative arrangements' You Free?

The UK's Brexit department is hiring four advisers - two for the backstop and two for 'alternative arrangements'

“We are looking for two proactive problem-solvers…” the ad reads.

From TheJournal.ie UK report says alternative to backstop 'should be fully up and running within three years' Border Issues

UK report says alternative to backstop 'should be fully up and running within three years'

Two Remain-supporting MPs are behind the report.

From TheJournal.ie Bin the backstop or pay us off? Here's what the Conservative leadership hopefuls have said about Ireland Explainer

Bin the backstop or pay us off? Here's what the Conservative leadership hopefuls have said about Ireland

Ten Conservative MPs want to be the next prime minister. Here’s how they all have said they’ll solve the Irish “issue”.

From TheJournal.ie 'I'm no expert in the cultivation of cannabis': Taoiseach supports idea of Irish farmers growing cannabis in the future Interview

'I'm no expert in the cultivation of cannabis': Taoiseach supports idea of Irish farmers growing cannabis in the future

In a wide-ranging interview with TheJournal.ie, Varadkar discussed John Delaney, Brexit, Peter Casey and the European elections.

From TheJournal.ie Theresa May says she had to reach out to Labour or risk letting Brexit 'slip through our fingers' My Fellow Britons

Theresa May says she had to reach out to Labour or risk letting Brexit 'slip through our fingers'

In a video posted on Twitter, a smiling Prime Minister said she had to look for compromise from the opposition to get Brexit through.

From TheJournal.ie MPs could vote on May's deal for FOURTH time as it's warned hard Brexit is 'nearly inevitable' 10 Days To Go This post contains videos

MPs could vote on May's deal for FOURTH time as it's warned hard Brexit is 'nearly inevitable'

Meanwhile, Leo Varadkar said: “No one should underestimate the difficulties that a no deal will present.”

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: What is May's new Brexit deal and what on earth will happen next? Explainer

Explainer: What is May's new Brexit deal and what on earth will happen next?

The UK and EU last night announced a joint instrument providing guarantees on the backstop.

From TheJournal.ie David Davis says May's Brexit deal is 'dreadful' but if UK could pull out of backstop it's 'rescuable' Former Brexit Sec

David Davis says May's Brexit deal is 'dreadful' but if UK could pull out of backstop it's 'rescuable'

Davis also said that in a way, Theresa May’s deal is worse than the UK’s current membership of the EU.

From TheJournal.ie Geoffrey Cox argued that 'backstop could threaten Northern Irish human rights' UK Attorney General

Geoffrey Cox argued that 'backstop could threaten Northern Irish human rights'

The Guardian reports that the UK’s Attorney General used this argument to try to convince the EU to change the backstop.

From TheJournal.ie 'Never has Europe been in such danger': Macron calls for EU reform in light of Brexit Brexit

'Never has Europe been in such danger': Macron calls for EU reform in light of Brexit

In an opinion piece published in 28 newspapers around Europe, Macron outlined his vision for the EU’s future.

From TheJournal.ie Michel Barnier says EU is open to negotiating on Brexit 'guarantees' but not on the backstop Countdown

Michel Barnier says EU is open to negotiating on Brexit 'guarantees' but not on the backstop

Barnier also suggested the EU would be open to a “technical” delay to Brexit.

From TheJournal.ie MPs overwhelmingly back delaying Brexit if needed, as Labour says it will support second referendum COME WHAT MAY

MPs overwhelmingly back delaying Brexit if needed, as Labour says it will support second referendum

Unless Article 50 is extended, Theresa May has just one month to get a deal over the line.

From TheJournal.ie Impact of no-deal Brexit would be 'more severe' and last longer in Northern Ireland than anywhere else Hard Border

Impact of no-deal Brexit would be 'more severe' and last longer in Northern Ireland than anywhere else

The British government has warned that a no-deal scenario would likely have a negative impact in terms of trade and crime.

From TheJournal.ie May rejects Corbyn's pitch as yet another week of Brexit debate looms in House of Commons Backstop

May rejects Corbyn's pitch as yet another week of Brexit debate looms in House of Commons

EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier has said there is very little time left to settle a final Brexit deal.

From TheJournal.ie Sky News poll shows Brexit has damaged UK's reputation for majority of Irish people Backstop

Sky News poll shows Brexit has damaged UK's reputation for majority of Irish people

Data showed that the majority of Irish people would rather cut ties with the UK than the EU.

From TheJournal.ie Irish government welcomes May's border comments but says she has 'unrealistic expectations' about backstop Brexit

Irish government welcomes May's border comments but says she has 'unrealistic expectations' about backstop

Theresa May has said she remains committed to preventing a hard border on the island of Ireland post-Brexit.

From TheJournal.ie Theresa May to give Brexit speech in Northern Ireland today Brexit

Theresa May to give Brexit speech in Northern Ireland today

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said no alternatives to the backstop have stood up to scrutiny.

From TheJournal.ie May's cabinet to discuss alternative arrangements to backstop with Eurosceptic MPs Alternative Arrangements

May's cabinet to discuss alternative arrangements to backstop with Eurosceptic MPs

Downing Street said it had established “an Alternative Arrangements Working Group” to mull the backstop issue starting today.

From TheJournal.ie 'Summon up the blood': The best Brexit quotes from another colourful week Say That Again
From TheJournal.ie Foreign Secretary says UK may seek to delay Brexit in bid to secure deal Article 50

Foreign Secretary says UK may seek to delay Brexit in bid to secure deal

Getting MPs to support a withdrawal agreement has proved rather difficult.

From TheJournal.ie MPs don't want the Irish backstop. Europe won't budge. So now what? Explainer

MPs don't want the Irish backstop. Europe won't budge. So now what?

Another vote is promised by 13 February – if the Withdrawal Agreement isn’t approved then, it’s looking like a no-deal Brexit.

From TheJournal.ie Coveney: London's latest tactic is like saying 'give me what I want or I'll jump out the window' Brexit

Coveney: London's latest tactic is like saying 'give me what I want or I'll jump out the window'

Meanwhile, Dominic Raab told a British committee that they needed to find “a ladder for the Irish government to climb down”.

From TheJournal.ie As it happened: UK parliament votes to bin the backstop and go back to renegotiate in Brussels Seven Deadly Amendments

As it happened: UK parliament votes to bin the backstop and go back to renegotiate in Brussels

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is going back to the EU.

From TheJournal.ie MPs vote to ask the EU to replace Irish backstop with unspecific 'alternative arrangements' Off The Table

MPs vote to ask the EU to replace Irish backstop with unspecific 'alternative arrangements'

It’s not yet clear what those arrangements might be.

From TheJournal.ie British MPs to vote on seven motions - including on NI backstop - to amend Brexit withdrawal deal Brexit

British MPs to vote on seven motions - including on NI backstop - to amend Brexit withdrawal deal

In a bid to try to secure the support of MPs, May will hold talks with unnamed officials or leaders from the EU today.

From TheJournal.ie Arlene Foster endorses 'Malthouse' proposal for alternative to Irish backstop Brexit

Arlene Foster endorses 'Malthouse' proposal for alternative to Irish backstop

EU leaders insist they will not change the legally binding Brexit withdrawal agreement.

From TheJournal.ie Boris Johnson suggests Theresa May planning Brexit fightback with 'freedom clause' Brexit

Boris Johnson suggests Theresa May planning Brexit fightback with 'freedom clause'

Theresa May is preparing for another showdown with the House of Commons tomorrow night.

From TheJournal.ie Theresa May rules out second Brexit referendum in Plan B speech Last Ditch Effort

Theresa May rules out second Brexit referendum in Plan B speech

May said she will hold further talks on the backstop.

From TheJournal.ie 'There won't be a border because we don't want it!': What Brexiteers think of the backstop Border Lines

'There won't be a border because we don't want it!': What Brexiteers think of the backstop

We spoke to some Brexiteers outside Westminster about what they think of the ‘Irish protocol’.

From TheJournal.ie Standing still: At the end of a historic week, where exactly are we with Brexit? Brexit Means...

Standing still: At the end of a historic week, where exactly are we with Brexit?

Mary Lou McDonald says she told Theresa May over the telephone that a no-deal Brexit would mean a unity referendum in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Last-minute letters between Theresa May and two EU leaders have been published From EU To Me

Last-minute letters between Theresa May and two EU leaders have been published

On the eve of the Brexit vote, this letter is hoped to offer enough reassurance to pass Theresa May’s deal.

From TheJournal.ie May tells MPs not backing her Brexit deal would be 'catastrophic' as Corbyn says he's ready for election Mayday This post contains videos

May tells MPs not backing her Brexit deal would be 'catastrophic' as Corbyn says he's ready for election

The House of Commons is set to vote on the deal on Tuesday.

From TheJournal.ie 'This political chaos cannot go on': Corbyn calls for general election to break Brexit deadlock Brexit

'This political chaos cannot go on': Corbyn calls for general election to break Brexit deadlock

May faces a crucial vote next week on her proposed Brexit deal.