Former taoisigh John Bruton and  Bertie Ahern at the European Union select committee in the House of Lords in London. Photograph: PA Wire

Former taoisigh addressing House of Lords committee about Brexit impact on Ireland

The Conservative government will seek to assuage doubts about expanding Heathrow by proposing a 6.5 hour ban on night flights. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Tory MP triggers byelection after stepping down in protest over ‘doomed’ decision

Martin McGuinness and Arlene Foster speaking to journalists after attending the  meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee in Downing Street  on Monday. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

British prime minister rules out special deals for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Northern Irish First Minister Arlene Foster and her deputy Martin McGuinness outside 10 Downing Street  after holding talks with British prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Leaders of devolved administrations range from muted to contemptuous after meeting

British Prime minister Theresa May has said the Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) would give Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales an official channel to influence Brexit negotiations before they start next spring.  Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Forum to give leaders of Wales, Scotland and NI ‘official channel’ to influence talks

British prime minister Theresa May is welcomed by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at the EC headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Reuters

Summit told UK departure to be ‘smooth’ as leaders haggle over Russia and Canada

British prime minister Theresa May at the  European Union leaders summit in Brussels: Speaking after the meeting, she  struck a conciliatory tone, stressing that she wanted to “cement” Britain as a close partner of the EU after Brexit. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Tusk reminds British PM where her loyalty lies while Merkel tackles language question

The hope in Whitehall is that a withdrawal treaty with transitional arrangements will ensure the smoothest possible exit from the EU.

Without transitional arrangements the relationship with the EU will ‘fall off a cliff’

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan with EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager at a European Union finance ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg in 2012. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Margrethe Vestager defends Apple ruling as State intensifies discussions with Brussels

British prime minister Theresa May talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels also attended by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, seen on the right. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Tusk asks British prime minister to clarify hard-Brexit comments at party conference

British prime minister Theresa May during prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons. Sitting behind her is chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond, who suggested this week that other ministers have been briefing the media against him in an effort to push the British government towards seeking a “hard Brexit”. Photograph: PA Wire

British prime minister to rule out second referendum on Europe despite speculation

Ukip party chairman Paul Oakden: dismissed North-West England MEP Steven Woolfe’s resignation as a side issue. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Ukip chairman says party must focus on finding Nigel Farage’s successor as leader

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May: her government has agreed to allow MPs to debate its Brexit negotiating position before the start of formal exit talks next year but has ruled out a parliamentary vote that could veto the triggering of article 50. Photograph: Matt Cardy/PA Wire

UK government holds view parliamentary vote is needed before formal exit talks

President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to Eva Gore-Booth. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Leader describes Constance Markievicz’s sister as a ‘remarkable figure’ in history

The Beatles  entered their most creative phase in the second half of the 1960s: costumes used on the  cover of “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” feature in the V&A exhibition. Photograph: BIPs/Getty Images

A new exhibition about the decade celebrates Britain when it was at its most thrilling

Pro-European Union protesters demonstrate against Brexit at the entrance to the Royal Courts of Justice, Britain’s high court, in London on Thursday. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty

British high court considers legality of invoking article 50 without Commons vote

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband said the referendum had left Britain deeply divided and that both sides in the debate had a responsibility to help build a national consensus around Brexit. Photograph: PA Wire

PM bows to pressure from Labour and Tories but rules out vote in parliament

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson speaking  about Syria  in the House of Commons  on  Tuesday.  Photograph: PA

UK foreign secretary calls for investigation but says ‘we cannot commit to a no-fly zone’

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire speaks on stage at the Conservative Party Conference 2016 in Birmingham, England. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

NI secretary says no reason to suppose UK leaving EU will damage ‘strong’ Anglo-Irish ties

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire: “Our focus is to strengthen the external border of the Common Travel Area, building on the strong collaboration with our Irish partners.” Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Both governments envisage an enhancement of existing systems of information exchange

 Amber Rudd delivers  her first speech as home secretary on the third day of the Conservative Party conference  in Birmingham. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Amber Rudd proposes businesses should declare proportion of non-UK workers

Prime Minister Theresa May makes her keynote speech as she closes the 2016 Conservative Conference in Birmingham. Photograph by Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Will prime minister’s vision be enough to stem the rise of right-wing populism?

Nigel Farage: the fisticuffs at the European Parliament capped a chaotic week that saw him return to the helm following the resignation of Diane James after just 18 days as leader. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

‘Altercation’ in Strasbourg seals Ukip’s reputation as most dysfunctional UK party

 Diane Abbott, who has become the shadow home secretary as part of a reshuffle announced by British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Nick Brown and Diane Abbott among those promoted as Rosie Winterton sacked

     Nigel Farage with newly elected Ukip leader Diane James on September 16th. The MEP has resigned after 18 days in the job. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Diane James resigns after 18 days, citing lack of authority and support from party

British prime minister Theresa May delivering her keynote speech to the Conservative party conference in Birmingham. Photograph: PA

British leader will need intestinal fortitude to overturn Margaret Thatcher’s legacy

British prime minister Theresa May: “All that should matter is the talent you have and how hard you’re prepared to work.” Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Bigger role envisioned for state in shaping the economy and controlling immigration

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster said a new ‘new border’ using  technology and data analytics could be put in place between the North and the Republic after the UK leaves the EU.

First Minister suggests ‘using data, using analytics, using new technology’

A delegate reads a leaflet entitled “Brexit, how do we do it?”  at the annual Conservative Party conference  in Birmingham, at which prime minister Theresa May signalled she would seek a “hard Brexit” from the EU. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Philip Hammond seeks to reassure business sector after sterling falls to three-year low

Jeremy Browne: said that   although US investment banks who operate across Europe are considering relocating staff in the euro zone, some will prefer a location on the continent.

London will remain Europe’s only truly global financial centre, says representative to EU

Following the British PM’s Brexit announcement the Government said its focus would be relations between the two parts of Ireland as well as on the Common Travel Area and the impact on trade. Photographs: The Irish Times

Theresa May indicates state prepared to exit single market for ‘full independence’

Most significant part of the Theresa May’s speech was her clear statement of preference for a hard Brexit. Photograph: Getty Images

Speech leaves no doubt that control of immigration will trump single market

Carroll professor of Irish history: Roy Foster at Hertford College in Oxford. Photograph: Ianthe Ruthven

Roy Foster, who is retiring after 25 years as Carroll professor of Irish history at Oxford, says that Irish people are keen on the(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi has said: ‘It will be impossible to give to British people more rights than other people outside the EU.’ Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Despite its confidence, Britain has been warned that it will not be given special preference

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn  with deputy leader Tom Watson:  when deputy leader  Watson praised Labour’s achievements under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, it was interpreted as a frontal attack on Corbyn. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Decisive re-election does not mean Jeremy Corbyn will have his own way on policies

UK  Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn gestures   speaks on the fourth day of the annual party conference in Liverpool: his insistence that controlling immigration should not be a priority in a post-Brexit deal with the EU put will put him  at odds with many Labour MPs and activists.  Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Plans to allow local councils to borrow for housing draws praise at Liverpool conference

Sir Terry Wogan died of cancer in January of 2016.

Celebrities filed into Westminster Abbey to pay tribute to much-loved broadcaster

Former prime minister David Cameron with the current prime minister (then home secretary) Theresa May.  Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Former home secretary called for immigration brake, say allies of British prime minister

Jeremy Corbyn in front of Che Guevara merchandise at the Labour  conference. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Socialism back on agenda as supporters discuss ways to build on leader’s victory

The Leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn listens to a speech on the first day of the Labour Party conference, in Liverpool, Britain September 25, 2016.  REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Re-elected leader, who won contest with 62% of vote, says there is ‘thirst for change’

Jeremy Corbyn at the UK Labour Party leadership conference in Liverpool: he and his allies have promised to reach out to rebel MPs. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Image

The failed putsch by Labour MPs has merely strengthened leader’s control over the party

Jeremy Corbyn, seen here during a Bloomberg television interview, is set to retain the leadership of the British Labour Party this week after a divisive and bitter election campaign. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Proposal floated as Jeremy Corbyn set to be confirmed as leader after bitter campaign

New group includes former ministers Dominic Raab (above), Owen Patterson and Gerard Howarth. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Leave Means Leave will oppose any deal with the EU short of a ‘hard Brexit’

A House of Commons committee is  discussing the  future of the Border after Brexit. Photograph: Reuters

Ian Paisley jnr predicts Republic will vote to exit EU by 2020

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that June’s referendum result was a rejection of the free market economic policies pursued by successive governments in Britain. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Labour leader says state aid rules are ‘no longer valid’ after Britain leaves bloc

Police face protesters near Orgreave coking plant during the 1984 miners’ strike. Photograph: PA

London Letter: Light to be cast on tactics used during 1984 strike that led to violent clashes

Hinkley Point C nuclear power station site  near Bridgwater in Britain, September 14th, 2016. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

New agreement will see introduction of ‘a series of measures to enhance security’

Queen Elizabeth in conversation wiht President Michael D Higgins during the State visit in 2014. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish Embassy in London yet to receive any complaints of harassment of Irish nationals

British prime minister Theresa May delivers a speech outlining the government’s policy on schooling at the British Academy in London on Friday. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Plan will see grammar school expansion and promotion of faith-based institutions

The possibility of Irish unity must be considered in Britain’s negotiations to leave the EU, so that both parts of a unified Ireland could be part of the EU,  Taoiseach Enda Kenny  has told a high-level British-Irish conference. Photograph:  Philip Fitzpatrick/Collins.

Taoiseach says no convincing evidence people of North would vote to change status now

Lt Tom Kettle, in an image from his book The Ways of War. The MP and academic  was one of the most high-profile Irish casualties of the  Battle of the Somme.

Kettle killed leading B Company, 9th Royal Dublin Fusiliers; 300 Irish killed in the battle

Among the first questions to be answered is whether Britain wants to remain part of the EU customs union after departure. Photograph: Getty Images

Japanese letter highlights difficulty facing United Kingdom in trade talks after EU vote

British prime minister Theresa May leaving Downing Street in London on Wednesday.  “This is about getting the kind of deal that is ambitious and bold for Britain,” she told MPs.  Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

PM rules out replacing free movement of people from the EU with points-based system

 Dan Mulhall: he said the open border had come about as a result of the peace process and Britain and Ireland’s shared EU membership

Mulhall says he believes other EU states understand unique issues Brexit raises for Ireland

The figures  about prosecutions for revenge porn were published in the Crown Prosecution Service’s annual report on violence against women and girls

One man jailed for 12 weeks after sending intimate pictures to woman’s family

 British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis: “We will decide on our borders, our laws, and taxpayers’ money. It means getting the best deal for Britain – one that is unique to Britain and not an ‘off the shelf’ solution.” Photograph: Justin Tallis/ AFP/Getty Images

David Davis to visit Dublin on EU tour to help formulate bespoke negotiating position

Joseph Stiglitz, a professor at Columbia University, argues that the single currency was a mistake in his new book, The Euro and Its Threat to the Future of Europe. Photograph: Sasha Maslov/New York Times

Europe gets some things right, such as its ruling on Apple’s taxes in Ireland, but the euro itself is broken and European politici(...)

British prime minister Theresa May on a visit to the Jaguar Land Rover factory in Birmingham on Thursday: some of the fog surrounding Britain’s decision to leave the EU has started to lift. Photograph: Carl Court/PA Wire

London Letter: Some minds in Brussels already formulating imaginative solutions

 British prime minister Theresa May holding a cabinet meeting at the prime minister’s country retreat Chequers on Brexit strategy on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/ WPA Pool/Getty Images

British PM promises ‘Brexit means Brexit’ as cabinet discusses strategy at Chequers

Germany’s deputy chancellor Sigmar Gabriel: he warned that the EU could be undermined if Britain received too soft an exit deal

Labour spokesman compares triggering article 50 to powers of a Tudor monarch

Jeremy Corbyn (left) and Owen Smith at the first Labour leadership debate. Photograph:  Ben Birchall/PA

Deputy leader Tom Watson suggested Trotskyists were manipulating tens of thousands of new members

Floral tributes rest against railings near the scene of a stabbing in Russell Square, London, in which a woman was killed and five people injured.  Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

British police arrest 19-year-old Norwegian for multiple stabbing’s in Russell Square

Ukip’s national executive committee disqualified Farage’s favourite, North-West MEP Steven Woolfe, because he missed the nomination deadline by 17 minutes. File photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

London Letter: Theresa May prospers as post-Farage party fumbles for leader

Sterling fell by 1.3 per cent to just under €1.18 and by 1.5 per cent or 2 cents to $1.31 after the Bank of England cut interest rates. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Irish exporters hit by fall in the British pound after Mark Carney cuts rates to 0.25%

Economists at Investec said the bigger than expected breadth of the package from the Bank of England – which cut interest rates for the first time in seven years –  proved effective in the  eyes of markets

As Bank of England cuts rates, economists warn currency will probably stay on soft side

The governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney. He   made no bones about the overwhelmingly negative short-term impact of the Brexit vote

The £100bn funding available for banks reflects the fact further rates cuts have a diminished impact

Bank of England governor, Mark Carney

Interest rates reduced to record low, as banks boosts QE programme by £60bn

Bank of England governor Mark Carney: the bank is expected to cut interest rates on Thursday for the first time in seven years

Post-Brexit slowdown expected to shrink Britain’s economy and lead to first rate cut in seven years

British prime minister Theresa May with Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the steps of 10 Downing Street. Photograph: Justin Tallis.AFP/Getty

Taoiseach and UK prime minister want ‘creative and imaginative’ ways to deal with customs checks

Theresa May: has been warned by   group of hardline Eurosceptic Conservative MPs that she must live up to her promise to fully implement the referendum decision to leave the EU. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Eurosceptic says there should be no negotiation over taking back immigration control

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with French president Francois Hollande at a press conference in Government Buildings in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Common Travel Area between Ireland and the UK will survive, Kenny insists

The new Northern SecretaryJames Brokenshire. His junior minister, Kris Hopkins, committed the British government to doing all it can to preserve the Common Travel Area after Brexit

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire says Common Travel Area will be top of his agenda

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn at the official launch of his re-election campaign in London yesterday. Mr Corbyn is being challenged for the leadership by Owen Smith. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Labour leader tells critics it will be their ‘duty’ to support him if he wins

 Prime minister Theresa May during her first prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons: In a strong performance, she delighted Conservative backbenchers with repeated swipes at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/PA

Northern Ireland secretary dismisses Enda Kenny’s call for Border poll in Commons

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson  and US secretary of state John Kerry after a meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London: “It’s called diplomacy, Boris,” said Mr Kerry. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth

British foreign secretary asked by reporter about record as liar during EU referendum

With Angela Eagle out of the Labour leadership race, Owen Smith is left to challenge  leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

Angela Eagle withdraws as it becomes clear Owen Smith has more support from MPs

Theresa May and defence secretary Michael Fallon: Ms May said it “would be an act of gross irresponsibility to lose the ability to meet such threats by disregarding the ultimate insurance”. Photograph: PA Wire

UK prime minister declares readiness to order nuclear strike that caused mass death

 Labour Party MPs Angela Eagle  and Owen Smith: Mr Smith  faced criticism  after he told Sky News that he could be perceived as “normal” because he has a wife and children.  Photograph:  Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images

Either Eagle or Smith may step aside to permit other to become ‘unity candidate’

Vanguard submarine: Jeremy Corbyn has said he will vote against the government’s proposal to renew all four  submarines, which carry Trident nuclear-armed missiles. Photograph:  PA/PA Wire

Jeremy Corbyn, Tom Watson and Emily Thornberry at odds on future of submarines

British prime minister Theresa May in the garden of 10 Downing Street: Her new cabinet has fewer privately educated ministers than any since Clement Atlee’s in 1945. Photograph: Andrew Parsons/AFP/Getty Images

Prime minister has outsourced early stages of the Brexit negotiations to the Brexiteers

Theresa May being greeted by Nicola Sturgeon in Edinburgh. The new prime minister ruled out a second referendum on Scottish independence. Photograph: Lesley Martin/AFP/Getty Images

New British prime minister assures Nicola Sturgeon she is ‘willing to listen to options’

 Michael Gove, who destroyed his own reputation during his bungled, treacherous attempt to seize the Tory crown, was sacked along with George Osborne and Oliver Letwin. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

All David Cameron’s close allies cast aside as new prime minister asserts authority

British secretary of state for exiting the European Union (Brexit minister) David Davis: His appointment, in conjunction with those of Boris Johnson as foreign minister and Liam Fox in trade, led Angus Robertson, leader of the Scottish National Party at Westminster,  to descibe the   cabinet as one of the most right-wing in the modern era. Photograph:  Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Changes underline Theresa May’s commitment to social reform, says spokeswoman

New British foreign secretary Boris Johnson has flourished until now in part because he has been underestimated. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

For all his blunders, Britain’s new foreign secretary has nuanced views on world affairs

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Investors had expected the first cut in more than seven years

Britain’s outgoing prime minister David Cameron gets a standing ovation  at the end of his last prime minister’s questions at the House of Commons. Photograph: AFP

Audience treated to greatest hits medley as well as some old standards

Staff applaud as Britain’s new Prime Minister Theresa May, and her husband Philip, walk into 10 Downing Street. Photograph: Reuters

New PM marks departure from Cameron years by dropping George Osborne

Jeremy Corbyn:  accused of failing to protect opponents from threats and online abuse. Photograph:  Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Owen Smith joins Angela Eagle in Labour Party leadership contest

British prime minister David Cameron: Left his country bitterly divided after a referendum he did not have to call, facing a difficult and potentially expensive divorce from its EU partners. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Instead of leaving the UK in a better place, the prime minister leaves it bitterly divided

  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at the Labour Party’s National Executive meeting: The National Executive Committee ruled by 18 votes to 14 that, unlike any challenger, Mr Corbyn does not need the support of 51 MPs and MEPs to be a candidate in the contest triggered by a challenge from former shadow business secretary Angela Eagle. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty

Committee majority rules Labour leader does not need support of 51 MPs and MEPs

Britain’s incoming prime minister Theresa May:   She has offered no hints about the make-up of her new cabinet, or how she intends to balance the ambitions of pro- and anti-Brexit ministers. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Incoming PM speaks of ‘warmth and respect’ David Cameron had earned from colleagues

British prime minister-in-waiting Theresa May  is applauded as she delivers a statement outside parliament in London, Britain. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Leading Tory will become Britain’s second female prime minister on Wednesday

 Labour Party leadership hopeful Angela Eagle arrives at a news conference in London on Monday. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

British Labour Party committee to meet to set out the terms of the contest

Andrea Leadsom MP speaks to the media as she announces her withdrawal from the Conservative leadership race yesterdat. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Lack of potentially bruising leadership contest will help in Brexit negotiations

Theresa May, who will succeed David Cameron as British prime minister. With no leadership race, May has avoided being pushed into making commitments which would restrict her negotiating mandate with the EU. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Denis Staunton: Lack of leadership contest will ultimately benefit Britain in Brexit talks

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn:  80 per cent of Labour MPs have expressed no confidence in his and are convinced that he cannot lead the party to victory in the next election. Photograph:  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

His leadership is widely viewed as unsustainable and recipe for electoral disaster

Angela Eagle: she said Jeremy Corbyn “doesn’t connect with Labour voters, he doesn’t connect enough to win an election and he doesn’t reach out in any meaningful way to other parts of the party”. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Angela Eagle launches official challenge against under-pressure leader Jeremy Corbyn

Prospects: A Norway-style relationship with the European Union now seems remote so some  foreign policy experts  favour an  approach that would deepen Britain’s involvement in international organisations such as Nato and the UN. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Commonwealth sentimentality dwindles as calls are made to deepen ties with Gulf states

British MP and Conservative Party leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom. Photograph: Hannah McKay/EPA

Tory leadership candidate and ‘true-blue Brexiteer’ holds some unfashionable views

Andrea Leadsom (left) and Theresa May will square off to be the next Conservative Party leader after Michael Gove was eliminated. Images: AFP/Getty Images.

Michael Gove eliminated from race to succeed David Cameron as Tory leader

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