Ireland says border infrastructure must be avoided, deal or no deal

Bertie Ahern former Taoiseach giving evidence to the Exiting the European Union Committee in the House of Commons in London

Bertie Ahern former Taoiseach giving evidence to the Exiting the European Union Committee in the House of Commons in London

S&P, which was itself officially opening its new European headquarters in Dublin, said the pace of services employment growth was likely to survive a no-deal Brexit and even accelerate in some of Ireland's largest sectors, including financial services, in the event of a no-deal outcome.

Mr Coveney was taking members of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee through the Omnibus Bill which will deal with a no-deal Brexit.

Leo Varadkar said the Irish Government has put in "enormous preparations" for a no-deal Brexit.

The New York Times reports on a no-deal Brexit's potential impact on other European countries and, not surprisingly, the country most affected is Ireland.

On Thursday, Simon Coveney said: "It is incredible, in my view, that the British Parliament has allowed it to come to this".

Regarding banking, the United Kingdom is considered "the most developed financial center in the European Union".

"It is going to put Ireland and the United Kingdom under a lot of strain, it will damage the economy".

While some larger agricultural firms have the flexibility, scale and contingency plans to withstand any disruption, smaller companies without the ability to diversify away from the United Kingdom market will struggle, S&P's Patrick Drury Byrne added.

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Parliament will get to vote on the path forward on 27 February - a month before the UK's scheduled departure from the bloc - if May doesn't win changes from the EU.

Theresa May today told MPs that they would get another vote on the next steps in the Brexit process later this month if she fails to secure changes from the EU.

"The solidarity on this issue, I've never experienced anything like it in my political life".

McDonald then appeared on BBC Radio 4, where she accused Theresa May of acting "in bad faith", and said that "the British government has played a game of chicken with Irish interests, they're running down the clock". But we do want a deal, when I say we I am talking about the EU.

"Any sane person who looks at the consequences for Britain and Ireland, I don't believe that will happen but it could".

"That is just factually not true first and foremost".

Britain is a great country, he said, but we have to call it as it is.

However, he added that "it is possible to have a managed, controlled and predictable Brexit".

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