With a British election now set for December, everything remains possible in terms of Brexit — hard, soft or no Brexit at all. In Ireland, the country's tourism sector is firmly in the firing line.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has revealed that Donald Trump threatened punitive auto tariffs if Europe kept backing the Iran nuclear deal. She also said a post-Brexit UK would align closer to Washington than Brussels.
The Taoiseach has said he would consult with his Cabinet before announcing a date. But lawmakers and media outlets have suggested that the country could head to the polls as early as February 7, just days after Brexit.
The pro-British Democratic Unionist Party has cautiously backed a draft deal to restore Northern Ireland's regional assembly. The province has been without a government since the beginning of 2017.
Northern Ireland has had its main parties at loggerheads since January 2017, but now that has come to an end. The DUP's Arlene Foster has been appointed first minister, with Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill as her deputy.
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