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The attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, is to meet his Irish counterpart, Séamus Woulfe, for talks on Friday afternoon before a meeting between Theresa May and the taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, to discuss the Brexit impasse on the Irish border.

The Irish prime minister will be in Belfast on Friday afternoon for meetings with the five parties that used to sit in the now-defunct devolved government.

He will then return for a dinner with May as the shuttle diplomacy over Brexit continues.

Cox will meet the Democratic Unionist party leader, Arlene Foster, and Nigel Dodds, the leader of the party in the House of Commons, who recently criticised the taoiseach’s warning that a no-deal Brexit could ultimately lead to troops being stationed on the border again.

Dodds told him to “tone down the rhetoric” and that it was time to “keep cool heads”. Read more 

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