Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister: deeply critical of unionist rivals throughout conference speech. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister has told his annual party conference he wants voluntary coalition in the North and to “be t(...)

 Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  The  “mini Schengen” plan of cutting back the borderless zone to just five countries – the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg and Austria – was being discussed before the Paris attacks. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/EPA

It’s a sign of how fractious the European debate over the future of Schengen has become that the only coherent proposal this weekend is one f(...)

Wrong to think David Cameron could magic up a brand new EU after a few chats with Angela Merkel and Jean Claude Juncker. - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

To Brexit or not to Brexit is now the biggest question in those parts of the British Isles not ruled from Dublin. The latest opinion poll for t(...)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn responds after  David Cameron set out his case     for the extension of RAF airstrikes from Iraq into Syria. Some Labour MPs don’t like Corbyn’s stance on military conflict. Photograph: PA Wire

Over breakfast a few streets away from the Palace of Westminster this week, the Labour MP had barely sipped his coffee before he launched int(...)

An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll on water charges.

In 2001, there was a byelection in Tipperary South which Fianna Fáil was expected to win. The party lost the vote, and afterwards blamed it on an opi(...)

Daniel Craig  as James Bond in the film Spectre.

If you want to drop a plumb line into the soul of England today, you could do worse than to watch the two biggest-grossing films in Britain last weeke(...)

British prime minister David Cameron: said the government would seek to overturn this latest amendment. Photograph: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

David Cameron’s government will seek to reverse a vote by the House of Lords that would allow 16 and 17 year-olds to vote in Britain’s forthcoming re(...)

Ukip preparing  for the Oldham byelection (from left):  deputy leader Paul Nuttall, candidate John Bickley and party leader Nigel Farage.   Photograph:   Dave Thompson/Getty Images

The anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip) has condemned as scaremongering the Taoiseach’s suggestion that a British exit from the Europea(...)

Cameron is likely to be an effective leader of the campaign to keep Britain in the EU but much will depend on the quality of the competing campaigns

David Cameron’s roll-out of Britain’s renegotiation demands from the European Union yesterday was, as befits the most effective communicator in Britis(...)

David Cameron delivers defining  speech on EU renegotiation at Chatham House in London. Photograph: PA

Denis Staunton, London Editor British prime minister David Cameron has promised to campaign “with all my heart and soul” for Britain to remain in the(...)