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What does a backstop mean?

Read this fact to find out what the backstop means for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the context of the Brexit negotiations
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What is a ‘no deal Brexit’?

A ‘no deal Brexit’ initially referred to the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement in place.
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Who is Leo Varadkar?

He was the Taoiseach, Ireland’s equivalent of the UK’s Prime Minister, in 2017-20. He is the leader of Fine Gael.
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Who are the DUP?

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is the main unionist party in Northern Ireland. It reached a ‘confidence and supply’ Agreement with the Conservative…

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Who is Arlene Foster?

She is the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and First Minister in Northern Ireland.
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What is the Good Friday agreement?

Also known as the Belfast Agreement, the Good Friday Agreement is the peace agreement concluded on 10 April 1998 between the participants in multi-party talks in Northern Ireland.
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What is Hard Brexit?

‘Hard Brexit’ was a phrase used during the Brexit process to capture the anticipated sharp break in relations between the UK and the EU.
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What is Soft Brexit?

Advocates of a ‘soft Brexit’ would have sought to retain a close relationship with the EU. Read this fact to find out more.
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Who is Tim Barrow?

Sir Tim Barrow is the UK’s outgoing Ambassador to the EU. He was appointed as UK Permanent Representative in January 2017.
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What was the result of the EU referendum?

The referendum result was 51.9% in favour of Leave against 48.1% voting for Remain. The turnout was 72.2%.
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Who is Liam Fox?

Liam Fox was the Secretary of State for International Trade under Theresa May, from July 2016 to July 2019.
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Who is David Davis?

David Davis was the first Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union under Theresa May, from July 2016 to July 2018.
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