William Hague speaking in the House of Commons where he presented the options for reform as the Conservatives push for a ban on Scottish representatives blocking laws which do not apply north of the border. Photograph: PA Wire

Legislation that affects England but not other parts of the United Kingdom should require a majority of votes from English MPs, the core proposal fro(...)

Deputy first minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness speaks to reporters outside 10 Downing Street. Secretary of State for NI Theresa Villiers has warned that the NI government will not be able to function unless a budget is decided.  Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s government departments and public services will be increasingly unable to carry out business after January if a budget deal is not (...)

Predictions about oil are usually wrong, so the SNP is joining a long queue of people. However, being wrong may prove important if, as some now suggest, the world is  facing an era of cheap oil. Photograph: PA

North Sea oil has been central to the dream of Scottish independence for decades. In the 1974 general election, the Scottish National Party won extra (...)

British chancellor George Osborne said last week some of “the largest companies in the world”, including tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, were using “elaborate structures” to avoid tax.  Photograph: Jens Meyer/AP Photo

Multinationals will be given 30 days to pay a 25 per cent penalty tax by the British Revenue and Customs if it decides that they have improperly shif(...)

The summons, which is highly embarrassing for Mr Blair, is the first time a House of Commons inquiry has had to order a former prime minister to come before it to give evidence. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

Former British prime minister Tony Blair has been summoned to give evidence to MPs about the decision to tell hundreds of republican “on the runs” the(...)

British Prime Minister David Cameron: will hold out the carrot of the Northern Executive having corporation tax-setting powers if a deal is done. Photograph: EPA

The Stormont negotiations designed to reach agreement on a range of issues are now at a “crucial stage”, said British prime minister David Cameron as (...)

English MP apologises for playing Candy Crush during a House of Commons  Committee session about Work and Pensions.

A Tory MP has apologised “unreservedly” for playing games on his iPad during a select committee hearing, as the UK’s House of Commons authorities laun(...)

UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne delivers his autumn statement.

The British government will pass Westminster legislation to give Northern Ireland powers over corporation tax before next May, but only if politica(...)

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne: “My message is consistent and clear. Low taxes; but taxes that will be paid.”

Multinationals will face a penalty tax if they are found to have artificially moved profits out of the United Kingdom to lower tax jurisdictions, such(...)

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls responds to Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne following the Autumn Statement to MPs in the House of Commons.

The power to set corporation tax rates in Northern Ireland will be devolved to the power-sharing Northern Irish Executive if the region’s politicians (...)