Hurry up and prepare for a hard Brexit — EU Council

GETTYMichel Barnier accused the UK of wanting to retain the'benefits of the EU after Brexit

GETTYMichel Barnier accused the UK of wanting to retain the'benefits of the EU after Brexit

Continuing, McGuinness said: "I look forward to meeting Michel Barnier and Jean-Claude Juncker in Dublin tomorrow".

In a joint statement, the Scottish and Welsh leaders said quitting was not in the national interest and urged Theresa May to secure a Norway-style solution in the European Union exit talks.

The Irish government was supported by Juncker, who said:"Ireland is not alone". It is backed by 26 member states...

Serious differences remain over how to deal with the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic after Brexit, Brussels has warned.

"There is now an urgent need to intensify our efforts " to achieve a withdrawal agreement between the European Union and the U.K., Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has warned Thursday.

The European Commission President was handed a Cork shirt with the number 27 in acknowledgement of his role representing the EU27 members.

Ahead of an European Union summit next week, Varadkar highlighted British Prime Minister Theresa May's promise to transcribe the so-called backstop solution on Ireland into legal text.

The next opportunity for agreement would be the December summit but that would leave the rest of the Brexit timetable looking extremely tight with ratification required from both the United Kingdom and European parliaments. "Ireland will come first and Ireland's border [with the UK] will be Europe's border". "This simply does not exist".

The first vice-president will travel to Rotterdam this Friday (June 22) to address a conference entitled 'Countdown to Brexit: Are we ready?'.

"We have advanced on some separation issues for which European businesses need certainty, such as customs, VAT, Euratom and certificates for goods", Barnier said in a statement accompanying a joint declaration from Brussels and London. "We need more answers and fewer new questions".

Mr Junker will receive an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland and attend an official dinner hosted by Mr Varadkar in Dublin Castle later on Thursday.

Mr Juncker has raised the prospect of Britain leaving without a deal during his visit to Dublin.

Jean Claude Juncker and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. It was certainly reassuring to hear that the European Union is still, and will remain, firmly behind Ireland. "This is a selfish interest".

And the paper adds a temporary arrangement "could only be provided in law" if an EU-UK divorce deal and a future partnership framework are agreed.

On Friday, he will meet Irish President Michael D Higgins and visit the home of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), Croke Park, and the GAA museum. The U.K. wants the backstop to be time-limited but Varadkar said it could not have an "expiry date".

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