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# loyalists
Foster blames Varadkar for 'setting precedent' with comments that could stoke loyalist violence
Foster told PA that some loyalists were contemplating violent resistance to any Brexit deal.
# borderline brexit
'Too soon to celebrate': On the border, people give Brexit deal cautious welcome
Residents living in frontier towns along the Irish border say they are hoping for “clarity” going forward.
# New Deal
Explainer: Where has the Northern Ireland backstop gone?
After almost two years of back-and-forth, a new Brexit withdrawal deal was agreed today.
# Brexit
'The backstop has been replaced': Varadkar hails agreement between EU and UK
The new agreement will now need to be approved by the House of Commons.
# 11th hour
Varadkar says Johnson told him he's confident of getting MPs to back Brexit deal
Speculation is mounting that a breakthrough in Brexit negotiations is imminent.
# back to the backstop
Timeline: How the DUP went from 'blood red lines' to a Brexit compromise
The DUP position changed dramatically when Boris Johnson published his Brexit plan.
# backstop
Cameron says Johnson must 'compromise more' if he wants to avoid no-deal Brexit
“Boris is compromising and I suspect may have to move a bit more. And the EU should compromise too.”
# back to the backstop
We have some sort of UK proposals for the Irish border - so now what?
In short: your guess is as good as ours.
# Brexit
Coveney says he doesn't want a quarrel with the DUP, but says the minority can't have a veto
Simon Coveney has said the UK’s Brexit proposals contain ‘significant problems’.
# backstop
Johnson in new court showdown as Europe brands Brexit plans ‘unconvincing’
Scotland’s highest civil court will hear two cases in the space of five days that could compel Boris Johnson to extend Brexit negotiations.
# backstop
Johnson preparing for 'intensive discussions' in bid to get Brexit deal over the line
So far, European leaders have reacted coolly to his plan.
# the irish question
What are the possible sticking points in Boris Johnson's backstop alternative?
Leo Varadkar, who spoke with Boris Johnson this evening, said the plans do not fully meet “the agreed objectives of the backstop”.
# backstop
Boris Johnson publishes his alternative to the backstop
In a letter to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Johnson said the backstop was “a bridge to nowhere”.
# Brexit
Explainer: Another day, another set of backstop proposals - but what do they mean?
Boris Johnson said the UK’s proposals were “good and creative”, “very constructive and far-reaching”.
# Brexit
'Northern Ireland and Ireland deserve better': Coveney rejects UK proposals for border customs posts
The Tánaiste described the so-called “non-paper” as a “non-starter”.
# brexit party
Why Brexiteers see the backstop as a 'non-story', 'irrelevant' and an EU trick
The Irish government’s refusal to outline what a hard border would look like in a no-deal Brexit has caused confusion among Brexiteers.
# 35 days to go
Coveney warns that 'time is running out' after Brexit meeting with Barnier
The meeting took place against the backdrop of a chaotic week in UK politics.
# Brexit
Chair of Brexit Party says Varadkar 'hijacked' the backstop issue, and that Irish border trade is 'irrelevant'
Richard Tice, an MEP for the East of England, also explained trade across the Northern Irish border by comparing it to a jar of Smarties.
# backstop
Will no-deal Brexit mean border checks in Ireland? Juncker's answer is simple: Yes
“The British have to tell us exactly the architectural nature of this border,” the European Commission president told Sky News, “I don’t like it, a hard border.”
# Newport
At the Brexit Party's Wales rally, Nigel Farage targets Labour and the backstop - but thinks Juncker is rather fun
In what was an electoral stronghold for the Labour Party, Nigel Farage’s Brexit movement is gathering momentum.
# Brexit
Juncker says EU open to dropping backstop if ‘all objectives are met’ by UK
Juncker said he had a “rather positive” meeting with Johnson in Luxembourg on Monday.
# Brexit
Arlene Foster suggests she is open to special arrangements for North as part of Brexit deal
The DUP leader made the suggestion to journalists in Dublin this evening.
# First meeting
Boris Johnson pulls out of Luxembourg press conference as he's booed and jeered
A Downing Street spokesperson has also confirmed that EU and UK talks will soon take place daily.
# Brexit
Northern Ireland-only backstop ruled out by Boris Johnson, says DUP
The party met with the UK prime minister today.
AS IT HAPPENED
Boris Johnson faces parliament opposition ahead of prorogation
It’s another busy night of Brexit. Follow here for the latest updates.
# Brexit
Varadkar 'doesn't expect any breakthroughs' in meeting with Johnson on Monday
The two leaders have very different views on Brexit.
# Brexit
'Volatile and dynamic': Varadkar says Ireland will be keeping a close eye on the House of Commons this week
Two dates for a potential meeting with Boris Johnson next week are being considered.
# Brexit
MPs to propose law to stop no-deal Brexit - Gove won't rule out ignoring it if it passes
Opposition MP Sir Keir Starmer said Gove’s comments were “breathtaking”.
# Brexit
Tánaiste urges British government to propose alternatives to backstop 'as quickly as possible'
Boris Johnson has vowed to ‘up the tempo’ on talks to remove the backstop ahead of Brexit.
# Brexit
Johnson and Tusk trade 'Mr No Deal' jibes as G7 summit kicks off
Johnson has said the European Union must drop its insistence on the Irish backstop to avoid a “no-deal” Brexit.
# brexit deadline
Explainer: The British press has seized on Merkel's '30 days' remark - but what did she mean by it?
Reports of Merkel’s ’30-day Brexit deadline’ dominate the UK front pages.
# More Talks
'All eyes on how Ireland is being treated': Country now in eye of storm, Coveney says
Coveney said the UK backstop alternatives will ‘badly hit’ Ireland and its economy.
# Talks
Boris Johnson tells Angela Merkel: 'We do need the Brexit backstop removed'
Johnson will seek to convince the German Chancellor to renegotiate elements of the Brexit deal.
# Brexit
Simon Coveney conveys 'disappointment' with Boris Johnson's four-page letter on Brexit
Donald Tusk has re-iterated the EU’s commitment to the backstop.
# a divided union
No-deal Brexit could turn UK into 'a diminished and inward-looking little England', warns Hammond
He said that claims a no-deal Brexit would be positive were “absurd”, and called Johnson’s pledge to bin the backstop “wrecking”.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What is the Irish backstop?
This week on The Explainer podcast, we look at the backstop, and why it is such a major issue for Brexit.
# backstop
Donohoe says 'cliff-edge' Brexit can be avoided but no-deal risk is growing
The finance minister said British chancellor Sajid Javid is “absolutely committed” to Britain leaving the EU by 31 October.
# Border
'Panic' and 'security gaps': Internal British document warns about impact of no-deal Brexit
Britain leaving the EU without a deal seems increasingly likely.
# Brexit Explained
Cast-iron and vital, or an anti-democratic bureaucracy: what is the Irish backstop?
Should it be for a limited period of time or not? Should it apply to the UK as a whole, or just Northern Ireland?