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Ireland open to modest prolonging to Northern Ireland Brexit grace period.

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Coveney was speaking ahead of talks on the issue next week in London between British Cabinet Office..

Ireland is open to “modest” extensions of waivers on the movement of certain goods from Britain into Northern Ireland after the British government asked the European Union to tweak post-Brexit rules, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said.

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Coveney was speaking ahead of talks on the issue next week in London between British Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove and European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, both of whom Coveney said he was in regular contact with.

“I would be open to advocating for modest extensions of grace periods,” Coveney told Ireland’s RTE Radio, but he said there was no question of scrapping the Northern Ireland Protocol of Britain’s EU divorce deal.

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#BLM: NIDCOM demands justice for Nigerian killed in Ireland

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Dabiri-Erewa in a statement signed by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, NiDCOM’s Head of Media and Public Relations, condemned in strong terms the killing of Nkencho,

Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman /CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) has demanded justice for Mr George Nkencho, a 27-year-old Nigerian killed in Ireland.

She described as callous and wicked, the killing of the Nigerian by a police officer.

The NiDCOM chair, therefore, called for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the killing.

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She appealed to the enraged Nigerian community in Ireland to exercise patience and wait for the outcome of investigation into the unfortunate incident.

She condoled with the family of he deceased and the Nigerian community in Ireland over the incident and prayed God to give the family and friends the fortitude to bear the loss.

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Ireland, close to ‘a brexit deal’ – 5 reasons

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Ireland is the member hardest hit by Brexit and the EU has stoutly defended Dublin’s position.

With talks between Britain and the EU in deadlock on a post-Brexit trade deal, we look at why so many roads to a settlement go through Dublin:

Dublin did last deal -The last time Britain looked like crashing out with a no-deal hard Brexit on Halloween Night last year, it was talks between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his then Irish opposite number Leo Varadkar that saved the day.

Few at the time gave their meeting at a wedding venue near Liverpool a chance, but the two men found the elusive “pathway” to the deal that was completed in Brussels later in October 2019.

Only land border -The island of Ireland is split in two, with Northern Ireland part of the UK. The frontier with the Republic of Ireland is EU’s only land border with the UK.

In the event of a hard Brexit, it will become the EU’s new external border.

Any unruly British exit could cause havoc along the extremely porous 499-kilometre (310 mile) frontier — long infamous for smuggling — and compromise the European single market.

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Anglo-Irish Agreement -Some argue that a hard Brexit would break the agreements that brought the violence of Northern Ireland’s 30-year Troubles to an end.

The EU helped hugely to make peace possible.

But the 1997 treaty says very little about a hard border, even if many agree it would go against its spirit.

Fearful that customs checkpoints could reignite violence, both the EU and Britain have repeatedly pledged to avoid such a demarcation.

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Joe Biden -The US president-elect — who is fiercely proud of his Irish roots — has taken a very dim view of Brexit.

When Johnson said in September that Britain would break parts of the existing withdrawal treaty with the bloc, Biden warned it would jeopardise a US-UK trade deal.

“We can’t allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit,” he tweeted.

“Any trade deal between the US and UK must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period.”

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One side of Biden’s Irish family comes from an area near the border on the Cooley peninsula.

– ‘Creative ambiguity’ -London and Dublin are used to solving seemingly intractable problems — like the Troubles — with this age-old diplomatic device.

After British hopes evaporated that the EU would “throw Ireland under the bus” when push came to shove, Dublin seemed to have the diplomatic edge.

With little sign of an end to the latest stalemate, a dose of the Anglo-Irish creative ambiguity that delivered the last deal may be called for yet again.


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