Former UK chancellor Ken Clarke addressing a European Movement Ireland Conference titled ‘Reform or Referendum the UK, Ireland and the future of Europe’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A British decision to leave the European Union would be a political error with serious consequences for Ireland, former UK Chancellor of the Exchequer(...)

Angela Merkel’s warning to David Cameron that she would prefer to see the UK leave the EU than allow it to undermine the core value of the free movem(...)

Ben Bradlee: the legendary executive editor of the Washington Post who famously steered its coverage of Watergate. Photograph: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Sir Anthony O’Reilly has paid tribute to his friend Ben Bradlee the legendary executive editor of the Washington Post who famously steered its covera(...)

A report commissioned by London mayor Boris Johnson predicts job losses in the event the UK leaves the EU. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

London could lose more than a million jobs if Britain quits the EU and fails to adopt more outward-looking trade policies, according to a report comm(...)

Cameron’s purge

A reader’s letter yesterday teased UK Prime Minister David Cameron for his reshuffle timing. “When,” it asked, “ will they cease slavishly to mimic(...)

Demotion of education secretary Michael Gove to the position of chief whip could be part of a longer game. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron, in the biggest reshuffle of his ministers a year out from the general election, aims to woo female and middle- (...)

Britain’s new secretary of state for education Nicky Morgan leaves 10 Downing Street after her appointment today. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

British prime minister David Cameron today pushed through his biggest government shake-up since coming to power in 2010, promoting women and Euroscept(...)

Ken Clarke waved to photographers as he entered 10 Downing Street before news of his widely expected exit from the British government was confirmed. Photograph:  EPA/Will Oliver

Veteran Tory minister Ken Clarke has retired from government, bringing to an end a front-bench career stretching back to 1972 as David Cameron emba(...)

David Cameron’s stand against Jean-Claude Juncker has been greeted warmly by Eurosceptic Conservatives. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron rejected last-minute pleas from German chancellor Angela Merkel last night not to try to block the nomination of (...)

 UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage speaks arrives at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales yesterday. Photograph: Getty Images

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has been taunted over his decision not to run for Parliament in a byelection triggered by the resignation of(...)