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Juncker gets Gaelic games jersey reflecting European unity as Ireland souvenir

Juncker gets Gaelic games jersey reflecting European unity as Ireland souvenir

The Government says it wants agreement on all the withdrawal issues by the time of the October EU summit, however there are severe doubts that that can be achieved.

On Thursday Mrs Clinton met Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings in Dublin to discuss gender equality.

"We have Ireland backed by 26 member states and the commission - this will not change".

The border between Northern Ireland and Ireland that will be Britain's only land frontier with the European Union after Brexit is proving the thorniest issue in Brexit talks and European Union leaders will express concern on Friday over the lack of progress.

"Today marks a step forward in these negotiations - we have agreed a number of separation issues and the United Kingdom has engaged on others", the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Twitter.

The EU's chief negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier, and the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, are expected to arrive in the capital tomorrow morning (Thursday, June 21) for a series of meetings.

London has vowed no return to frontier checks between British Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland, but has yet to explain how such an arrangement could be compatible with its desire to diverge from the EU's customs and trade arrangements.

The missive follows a tumultuous week in parliament that saw prime minister Theresa May almost get through her Brexit bill after fears of a back bench backlash.

Mr Juncker said the Republic "will come first" as Europe counts down to the UK's departure from the EU.

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"A withdrawal agreement without a backstop is of no use to us whatsoever", he added.

"The UK gave the European Union back in December a guarantee there'd be no hard border on the island of Ireland".

"The backstop paper has been amended and now expresses, in much more detail, the time limited nature of our proposal - something the prime minister and David Davis have always been committed to".

"But they do expect us to keep talking - and listening - to each other, and to co-operate on the big issues that affect us all".

He added that drama in Westminster this week over the "meaningful vote" amendment wasn't helping efforts to solve the Irish border conundrum, saying: "British politics isn't my concern".

"The greatest challenge we face on this island is to unwrap the enigma, and solve the riddle of Brexit".

"I will follow up on this engagement by speaking to both the British government's Secretary of State for the North, Karen Bradley, and British minister for communities, James Brokenshire, to take this forward".

Mr Juncker reiterated his support for the nation, stating again that "Ireland is not alone".


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