The Queen announced that  a referendum will be held no later than December 31st, 2017, on  whether Britain – strictly, the UK – should exit the European Union. Photograph:  Alastair Grant/WPA Pool/Getty Images

What did Queen Elizabeth announce this week? On behalf of the UK prime minister, David Cameron, the queen announced in parliament this week that a (...)

Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, welcomes David Cameron, British prime minister, ahead of a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin  on Friday. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg.

German chancellor Angela Merkel promised on Friday to work with David Cameron to clinch a deal on reforming the European Union that would keep Britain(...)

David Cameron being greeted by French president François Hollande at the Élysée Palace yesterday. Mr Cameron also met Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte. Photograph: Philippe Wojzaer/Reuters

Some of the UK’s demands for changes to its membership of the European Union will require treaty change, British foreign secretary Philip Hammond ha(...)

DUP ministers Arlene Foster, Simon Hamilton, Jonathan Bell and Michelle McIlveen after an Executive meeting at Storming Castle as Northern Ireland’s  ministers fail to agree a budget for public spending for next year. Photograph: PA

The Northern Executive has failed to agree a budget for the rest of this financial year with most Ministers also conceding that they have no notion of(...)

 British prime minster David Cameron is welcomed by Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte at the Catshuis residence  in The Hague. The meeting with Mr Rutte, an ally, was expected to go smoothly. Photograph: Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron began his tour of Europe in The Hague and Paris on Thursday. He intends to visit all 27 capitals before the June (...)

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt – flanked by British PM David Cameron – whose decision to call an early general election marks the latest spate of electoral activity across Europe. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/AP Photo

The surprise decision by Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday to call an early general election next month marks the latest spate(...)

Prime minister David Cameron, chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne and acting leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman lead fellow members though the central lobby during the state opening of parliament. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

David Cameron had planned to be in Copenhagen this morning to meet his Danish counterpart, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, but he has had to cancel his plans (...)

Above, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth delivers her speech to the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster, during the State Opening of Parliament, in London on Thursday. REUTERS/Alastair Grant/Pool

A strange indifference attends the threatened collapse of the Northern Ireland Executive. The impasse on welfare reform reached in Stormont on Tuesday(...)

Would it be a little churlish perhaps to point to the irony involved in a monarch, albeit a constitutional monarch, setting out “my government’s” prog(...)

Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales (left) during the state opening of parliament, in the House of Lords, London. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron has pulled back from plans to quickly repeal the Human Rights Act and to limit the jurisdiction in the Unite(...)