Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney with  Northern  Secretary James Brokenshire at Iveagh House in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The British government appears to have replied to something Simon Coveney, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, did not say. “We will never countenance (...)

Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sinn Féin and the DUP moved closer to re-establishing the Northern Executive on Wednesday night, after pressure from the Irish and British government(...)

A Union Jack and an EU flag fly outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain. File photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The European Commission will place the responsibility for avoiding a hard Border squarely on the shoulders of the UK when it publishes a long-awaited (...)

Flowerpickers near Holbeach, England. “...as if globalisation, outsourcing and automation would all magically disappear if only there were fewer Romanians picking strawberries in Lincolnshire.” Photograph: Getty Images

Whoever leaked the British government’s blueprint for post-Brexit immigration has done us all a great service. True, we don’t know what motive led the(...)

Former northern  secretary  Peter Hain: “The Border looks like becoming just another bargaining chip in the negotiations with Brussels.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

The British government has been accused of seeking to create not a “frictionless” but a “telepathic” Border. Former Labour northern secretary Lord (P(...)

Britain’s Brexit negotiator, David Davis  and the European Commission’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier after the recent talks. Photo:AFP

Some progress was made on so-called Irish issues at the latest round of talks between the UK and EU on Brexit. In particular, London has said it will (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Northern Secretary James Brokenshire are to meet to five main parties in the North next week. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said DUP leader Arlene Foster made a “real effort” with her recent comments on the Irish language. His(...)

British PM Theresa May failed to win a clear mandate at a snap election in June and only has a slim majority in parliament. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/Reuters

UK Prime minister Theresa May warned lawmakers that Britain could be faced with a Brexit “cliff edge” if they failed to back her EU repeal bill, as re(...)

Rohingya refugees heading  to a nearby refugee camp at Ukhiya, Bangladesh, as they flee violence in neighbouring Myanmar. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

More than 2,600 houses have been burned down in Rohingya-majority areas of Myanmar’s northwest in the last week, the government said on Saturday, in o(...)

Sinn Féin’s northern leader Michelle O’Neill outside the party’s  headquarters in Belfast. The party has  rejected a DUP proposal for an an immediate restoration of the assembly in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said DUP leader Arlene Foster has made a “real effort this week” in trying to reconvene formal talks o(...)