Tory Brexiter group accuses May of failing to challenge EU over Irish border

European Research Group reveals plan for customs checks away from border

Theresa May has failed to challenge the position taken by the EU on the Irish border, allowing it to become “a decisive factor” in the Brexit negotiations, according to the hard Brexit European Research Group, which has been discussing whether to attempt to unseat the prime minister.

A position paper published on the future of the Irish border and presented by David Davis and a string of Tories hostile to May’s Chequers plan does concede that the UK will have to sign up to “equivalence of UK and EU regulations” for food products and standards.

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Irish deputy PM warns against 'reckless shouting' in Brexit war of words

Simon Coveney says ‘hard-won’ peace is only motivation to prioritise border in talks

Ireland’s deputy prime minister has called for a generous and respectful conversation from all parties in the war of words over the Anglo-Irish border, warning that “reckless” shouting and sloganeering has consequences for the people who live in Northern Ireland.

Keeping the “hard-won peace” in the region was the only motivation in prioritising the Irish border in the Brexit negotiations, Simon Coveney told an audience of politicians, Whitehall officials and activists at a conference in Oxford.

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Dublin's homelessness crisis jars with narrative of Irish economic boom

Ireland is the EU’s star performer, but almost 700 families have become homeless in the capital this year

Jobs are bountiful, luring back emigrants and drawing newcomers. Property prices are soaring. Chic restaurants are fully booked weeks in advance. RTÉ television is showcasing the top new entries to Ireland’s rich list – many of them tech tycoons , plus a Ferrari salesman and other purveyors of luxury.

Not long ago considered a hopeless case, Ireland’s economy is now roaring ahead with 5.6% GDP growth, making it the European Union’s star performer.

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Irish activists pledge to protest against Donald Trump visit

Politicians urge public to ‘send a clear signal to the American people’ during US president’s November trip

Politicians and activists in Ireland have pledged to protest against Donald Trump when he visits in November.

On Friday, the White House announced the visit to Ireland would take place as part of a European tour that would also see the US president travel to Paris for a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice after the first world war.

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