British prime minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street on the way to a meeting of the Conservative Party’s 1922 Committee. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Theresa May has put her future as prime minister in the hands of Conservative MPs, apologising for last week’s election result and telling them she wo(...)

The Scottish parliament  passed a motion that approves the plan of Scottish First Minister Sturgeon to negotiate on a second independence referendum.  Photograph: ROBERT PERRY

The Scottish Parliament has backed Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a second independence referendum, with 69 votes in favour and 59 against. But Theresa Ma(...)

Nicola Sturgeon: The Scottish first minister said her  government has a “cast-iron democratic mandate to offer people a choice, and that mandate must be fulfilled”. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Theresa May has made it clear that she will block a second Scottish independence referendum before Britain leaves the European Union, and her governme(...)

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon: believes new independence referendum is  “highly likely”. Photograph: John Linton/PA Wire

Susanne Churnside and her husband, Jim, have a dilemma. The couple from the Scottish Borders, have spent the past two years hoping for a second indepe(...)

Nicola Sturgeon visits a leather manufacturer in Glasgow yesterday. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

An independent Scotland would begin life with a far larger deficit than the rest of the UK, according to new figures released on Wednesday. The annua(...)

British prime minister David Cameron’s demands fall into four “baskets”. Photograph: Reuters

The prospect of an early referendum on Britain’s EU membership moved closer yesterday after European Council president Donald Tusk said a deal could b(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron looks on as Prince Harry salutes at the unveiling of a memorial to British troops killed in Afghanistan at The National Memorial Arboretum in Stafford, England, on Thursday. Mr Cameron is expected to press ahead next week with plans to reduce the rights of non-English MPs to vote in the House of Commons. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron is expected to press ahead with plans to reduce the rights of non-English MPs, including Northern Ireland’s 18(...)

 Leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson and Jen Wilson:  “ “Now that the step’s been taken the sky hasn’t fallen in in Scotland,” Ms Davidson said. “It’s just as it’s always been. Scotland hasn’t changed.”  Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, and her Irish partner Jen Wilson, have called for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage refere(...)

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon at the Glasgow count declarations. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Ruadhán Mac Cormaicin Edinburgh The Scottish National Party has redrawn the political map of Britain with a landslide victory that all but wiped out L(...)

 SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon celebrates in Glasgow as her party secured 56 out of the 59 seats in Scotland. Photograph: Getty

The Scottish National Party is on course for a historic landslide after a spectacular surge for Nicola Sturgeon’s party all but wiped out Labour north(...)