US News PM races to revive Brexit talks as Irish border row threatens to drag into 2018

15:21  07 december  2017
15:21  07 december  2017 Source:   Press Association

MP slammed for 'Trump' diplomacy over Ireland

  MP slammed for 'Trump' diplomacy over Ireland A Labour MP has been accused of "taking diplomacy lessons from Donald Trump" over comments she made about the Irish border post-Brexit. Kate Hoey, who backed Leave in the EU referendum, suggested Ireland should pay for a wall if one needed to be built between the Republic and Northern Ireland in the event of a "no-deal" divorce.She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We're not the ones who are going to be putting up the physical border.

Theresa May is facing a high-pressure race against time to make progress in Brexit talks amid a deadlock over the Irish border which threatens to drag on until the new year. The British Prime Minister is hoping to make a new offer by Friday to satisfy both Ireland and the Northern Irish

Theresa May is facing a high-pressure race against time to make progress in Brexit talks amid a deadlock over the Irish border which threatens to drag on until the new year.

Theresa May has to satisfy demands from the Irish and the Democratic Unionist Party for Brexit talks to progress: Prime Minister's Questions © PA WIRE Prime Minister's Questions Theresa May is facing a high-pressure race against time to make progress in Brexit talks amid a deadlock over the Irish border which threatens to drag on until the new year.

The Prime Minister is hoping to make a new offer by Friday to satisfy both Ireland and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party which props up her Government and scuppered a deal on divorce issues on Monday.

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Pressure is growing on Mrs May to get leaders at the December 14 European Council summit to declare sufficient progress has been made on divorce issues so trade talks can begin, with business chiefs warning companies will activate contingency plans that will cost Britain jobs if there is further delay.

Back from the brink: How the world's media is reporting on Ireland's political unrest

  Back from the brink: How the world's media is reporting on Ireland's political unrest <p>The world's media has been watching - a sure sign that Ireland is in a unique place at the moment as Brexit negotiations continue.</p>With a crucial deadline looming, and the fate of the Irish border to be potentially decided in just over a fortnight, the political crisis and the imminent resignation of Frances Fitzgerald has unsurprisingly drawn attention the world over.

Theresa May is facing a high-pressure race against time to make progress in Brexit talks amid a deadlock over the Irish border which threatens to drag on until the new year.

Theresa May is facing a high-pressure race against time to make progress in Brexit talks amid a deadlock over the Irish border which threatens to drag on until the new year.


After talks in Dublin, Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Dutch PM Mark Rutte made clear the EU would not compromise and allow the Irish border to be kicked down the road to phase two of the talks, even under threat of Britain crashing out with no deal or divorce negotiations dragging on to 2018.

And after a phone call with Mrs May on Wednesday, Mr Varadkar said the PM was hoping to return with a new formal written offer "tonight and tomorrow", but warned if there was no agreement talks would be picked up in the New Year.

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