British prime minister Theresa May campaigning in Eshott airfield, Northumberland, in May. She has repeatedly rejected the idea of excluding students from the Conservatives’ target of bringing net migration down to the tens of thousands. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Theresa May’s determination to continue counting foreign students in the British government’s immigration target left her increasingly isolated on Thu(...)

Pumas: excellent at filing and photocopying. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images/Sao Paulo state fire department

In numbers: Most-liked tweets Four million Number of likes (and counting) garnered by a @BarackObama anti-racism tweet in the wake of far-right viol(...)

John McNamee, dressed as a customs worker, during a demonstration by members of Border Communities against Brexit at Carrickarnon, Co Louth, earlier this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish politicians need to get over the fantasy that the return of a land Border on this island can somehow be avoided after Brexit. The soft words in(...)

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson. “Remember Johnson’s policy on cake: he was pro-having it, and pro-eating it.” Photograph: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

It’s possible that Brexit – treated strictly as an intellectual concept – is a brilliant idea. However, it was sold with falsehoods and is now being m(...)

Kevin Myers on RTÉ’s ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’ programme on Tuesday. Photograph: RTÉ Radio One/PA Wire

The most heartsinking suggestion about the Kevin Myers fiasco is that it took a foreigner to finally stand up to him. Myers’s defenders have – rightly(...)

Britain’s international trade secretary Liam Fox: “Control of our own borders was one of the elements we wanted in the referendum.” Photograph:  Reuters

Unregulated free movement of labour after Brexit would “not keep faith” with the EU referendum result, Britain’s international trade secretary Liam Fo(...)

UK home secretary Amber Rudd, who last week said immigration reform would heed the requests of employers. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Is Brexit dying? It is tempting to say the UK government is in headlong retreat from its original Brexit plan. But that would assume there was a well-(...)

Home secretary Amber Rudd on board a coastal patrol vessel called Nimrod. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

Workers coming to Britain from the European Union after Brexit will have to register their details on arrival, home secretary Amber Rudd has said. It (...)

Heading for the door... an  EU official in Brussels carries a  Union Jack. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

A century after Passchendaele, the death site of hundreds of thousands of allied and German soldiers, the causes of the first World War remain contest(...)

The EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, right, and British secretary of state David Davis address the media after a week of negotiations at EU headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert

Leaks, infighting and brazen displays of ambition at the top of the British government have obscured an important shift in the politics of Brexit in (...)