The gap between Britain and the European Union over Brexit remains “very wide”, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Friday, as British leader Boris Johnson prepared to make a renewed push to reach an exit deal with the bloc.
A new environment fund aimed at making it easier for people to connect with the natural environment has been launched by the Northern Ireland’s Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Ireland’s foreign minister, Simon Coveney, said new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s approach to Brexit was “very unhelpful” and would block an agreement, after Johnson rejected a key Irish demand his predecessor had agreed to.
Ireland will not allow the Northern Ireland “backstop” clause in Britain’s EU withdrawal agreement to be dropped because doing so would be as big a threat to the country as Britain leaving without a deal, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Saturday.
The draft Irish government plan on responding to a warming world that potentially poses an existential threat to humanity sets out its ambition succinctly: “To make Ireland a leader in responding to climate disruption”.
Authorities in a prison in the UK province of Northern Ireland have prevented inmates from access to an academic book on separatism in the region as London tightens its crackdown on a movement which seeks independence or a merger with the Republic of Ireland.