Former DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds (C) member of cross-party House of Lords committee. Photograph: Tolga Akmentolga Akmen/AFP/Getty

New cross-party group calls for negotiation and accuses both sides of lack of flexibility

Boris Johnson bumps elbows with Angela Merkel. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA/Bloomberg

Johnson will hope to reopen the Northern Ireland protocol with her successor

A sign for a Covid vaccination centre in London on Monday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Downing Street warns decrease in figures could be reversed as impact of reopening felt

A city worker walks over a London Bridge on July 19th, England’s ‘Freedom Day’ from almost all Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

High number of close contacts still having to self-isolate after nearly all restrictions lifted

During an interview, former Number 10 special adviser Dominic Cummings could not say for certain if Brexit was a good idea. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/AFP

London Letter: Cummings and Frost refuse to take responsibility in dramatic fashion

Boris Johnson is determined to eliminate much of the friction caused by the protocol without agreeing to arrangements such as a Swiss-style veterinary agreement. File photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP via Getty Images

Analysis: Johnson hopes taking Article 16 threat away will create space for negotiation

UK Brexit minister David Frost said: ‘These proposals will require significant change to the Northern Ireland protocol, and we do not shy away from that.’ Photograph: UK Parliamentary Recording Unit/AFP via Getty Images

Proposals aim to alleviate ongoing disruption to lives in North, says Brexit minister

Brexit minister David Frost pictured speaking at Westminster parliament on Wednesday  where he announced UK government’s bid for  changes to the Northern Ireland protocol.  Photograph: PRU/AFP via Getty Images

British government seeks ‘standstill’ period and significant amendments to protocol

British PM Boris Johnson discussed the Northern Ireland protocol with Taoiseach Micheál Martin on Tuesday. File photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

Ministers to outline new proposals on trade between Britain and the North at Westminster

Police and anti-vaccination protesters during a demonstration in Parliament Square, London, after restrictions were lifted. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Mixed messages from government over need to self-isolate if ‘pinged’ by Covid tracker app

Dominic Cummings in an interview with Laura Kuenssberg being broadcast on BBC 2 on Tuesday evening. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

Architect of Vote Leave campaign says anyone sure on issues like Brexit has ‘a screw loose’

Taoiseach Micheál Martin spoke with British prime minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday. Photograph: The Irish Times

US urges Britain, EU to negotiate within ‘existing mechanisms’ of Brexit agreement

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson onscreen live from Chequers with his chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance: From September, only the fully vaccinated will be let into nightclubs. Photograph: Alberto Pezzali/PA

Johnson and Sunak just two more cases as app ‘pingdemic’ alerts potentially infected

Protesters blocking the roads shout anti government slogans at the Houses of Parliament from Parliament Square as part of an anti-lockdown protest on Monday. Photograph by Martin Pope/Getty Images

Staff shortages a growing problem as case numbers soar and legal restrictions are relaxed

 Boris Johnson delivers a speech on “levelling up” in the regions during a visit to the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre in Coventry. Photograph:  David Rose/AFP/Getty Imagers

London Letter: ‘Big speech’ in Coventry proves a damp squib as PM offers mere ‘skeleton of a plan’

Brexit minister David Frost will next week outline Britain’s proposals for changing the way the protocol is implemented. File photograph: Aris Oikonomou/AFP/Getty Images

Britain’s proposals for changing way protocol is implemented to be outlined next week

British prime minister Boris Johnson  with  Warwick University engineering students  and their electric racing car during a visit to the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre in Coventry. Photograph: David Rose/pool/AFP

Prime minister says the worst of the pandemic is probably over

British prime minister Boris Johnson departing 10 Downing Street for prime minister  questions at parliament  on Tuesday. Photograph:  EPA/Vickie Flores

Starmer says PM has refused ‘time and time again’ to condemn those who boo anti-racism gestures

 Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis speaking in  the House of Commons on Wednesday. Photo: PRU handout/AFP via Getty Images

Victims groups and Irish Government criticise proposed amnesty announced by Brandon Lewis

Former UK prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt among veteran Tories to vote against government

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said for 50 years, Soldier F has been granted anonymity. Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

The soldier has been accused of two murders on Bloody Sunday in 1972

People place messages of support on top of bin liners that were taped over offensive wording on the mural of Manchester United striker and England player Marcus Rashford  in  Withington.  Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA

Prime minister’s refusal to condemn those who booed players taking knee helped facilitate ugly racism

British prime minister Boris Johnson: “This pandemic is not over. This disease coronavirus continues to carry risks for you and for your family.” Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

PM says government ‘expected and recommended’ face masks be worn in crowded indoor settings

Nigel Farage:  “A late-1970s chancer: pinstripe suit, cigar in one hand, glass of malt in the other, the kind of man who’d bunk off work to go to the races, roar with laughter at off-colour jokes, leave no corner uncut when dealing with taxes and expenses.”  Photograph: Carl Court/Getty

Alwyn Turner maps 21st century erosion of trust in elites of British politics and society

European leaders have warned Boris Johnson that resolving the issues surrounding the protocol are a prerequisite for improving Britain’s relationship with the EU. Photograph: Jeremy Selwyn, WPA Pool/ Getty

London is operating on the basis that there is no stomach in Europe for a fight

Noël Coward: Overcame the barriers of class and sexuality by constructing a persona that was glamorous, humorous, carefree and louche. Photograph: David Cairns/Daily Express/Hutton Archive/Getty Images

London Letter: A new Noël Coward exhibition reminds us of carefully constructed, parallel lives

British Brexit  minister David Frost has reaffirmed Britain’s commitment to the Northern Ireland protocol. File photograph: Aris Oikonomou/AFP via Getty Images

Brexit minister adopts more conciliatory tone than in Irish Times opinion article

The MPs also called on the British government to simplify the process for renunciation of British citizenship for people in the North who want to assert their Irish-only identity. Photograph: Peter Titmuss/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty

Committee argues Irish-born people should have cheaper, easier naturalisation process

Education secretary Gavin Williamson told MPs that from August 16th, pupils will not have to self-isolate if they are a close contact of someone who tests positive. Photograph: House of Commons/PA Wire

Education secretary says system is causing disruption to children; teachers’ unions criticise move

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer: Nphet  reports a further 365 cases of the disease, with  51 people with Covid-19  in hospital including 14 in intensive care. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Fully vaccinated people ‘can have confidence in their vaccine’, Holohan says

 Boris Johnson speaking during a media briefing in Downing Street on Monday. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Analysis: Tory MPs are cheering now but will need strong nerves as infections and deaths rise

British prime minister Boris Johnson arrives for a service  to mark the 73rd birthday of the National Health Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in  London on Monday. Photograph Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Face mask and social distancing rules to be abolished under plan to be confirmed next week

 Kim Leadbeater celebrates her victory in the Batley and Spen byelection with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer as her mother, Jean Leadbeater, cheers from the sidelines in Cleckheaton, UK. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/ Getty

George Galloway’s supporters face allegations of bringing toxic element to campaign

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer and Kim Leadbeater celebrate with supporters. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty

Kim Leadbeater’s win in Batley and Spen points towards path out of malaise

UK prime minister Boris Johnson and German chancellor Angela Merkel at Chequers. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA/Bloomberg

British threat of unilateral action hovers as UK and German leaders meet at Chequers

Angela Merkel will leave office this year but Boris Johnson will use her farewell visit to Chequers to build the foundation for a better bilateral relationship under her successor. File photograph:  Getty

London Letter: Britain and Germany seek to take giant leap from old enmity

Northern Irish drivers will be allowed to travel to Ireland with existing insurance documents. File photograph: Alan Betson

European Commission announces easing of several aspects of NI protocol

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon says that while Wednesday’s Covid figures show a further increase ‘the vaccination impact is still clear’. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Sturgeon says rate of infections may be slowing and does not plan change to reopening timetable

Britain’s new health secretary, Sajid Javidepa, says ‘no date we choose comes with zero risk for Covid’.  Photograph: Vickie Flores/ EPA

There were 22,868 new cases across the UK, the highest daily figure since January

Sajid Javid: his   return means that chancellor Rishi Sunak is no longer the only plausible successor to Johnson around the cabinet table. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Johnson was reluctant to sack a minister over a personal indiscretion, but it became clear Conservative MPs were unwilling to back(...)

Britain’s government is investigating how footage of Matt Hancock kissing and embracing an aide found its way into the media. Photograph: Niklas Halle’nI/AFP via Getty Images

UK health secretary resigned in wake of video showing him kissing aide in his office

UK health secretary Matt Hancock leaving 10 Downing Street with aide Gina Coladangelo last year. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Boris Johnson refuses to sack health secretary after picture emerges of him kissing an aide

It was already too late as he was on one knee measuring part of my leg and lapsing into an anecdote about one of the famous figures he has dressed. Photograph: Bruno Vincent/Getty

London Letter: Stripped-down city feels empty as tourists and office toilers stay away

Passengers pass signage displaying the way to a Covid-19 test centre in Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport in Britain. Photograph:  Getty Images

Macron joins Merkel in calling for an EU-wide quarantine requirement for visitors from Britain

Prof Paul Elliott: ‘Our findings do paint a concerning picture of the longer-term health consequences of Covid-19, which need to be accounted for in policy and planning.’ Photograph: Thomas Angus/Imperial College London/PA

Findings come as government decides to allow officials to enter country for Euro 2020 games

Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis. File photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

NI Secretary says British have yet to agree EU terms for additional time

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis holds a press conference outside Stormont House in Belfast on June 17th. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

DUP’s Sammy Wilson accuses MPs of behaving in condescending way towards Stormont

New Liberal Democrat MP for Chesham and Amersham Sarah Green with party leader Ed Davey  during a victory rally at Chesham Youth Centre, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, after her by-election victory. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

Shock byelection defeat in south shows that loosening party loyalties can cut both ways

UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Oli Scraff/PA Wire

PM defends focus on ‘red wall’ after Lib Dems overturn big Conservative majority

Edwin Poots, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leaves the party headquarters in Belfast on Thursday. Photograph:  Paul Faith / AFP  via Getty Images

DUP leader announces resignation after just 21 days in office following internal revolt

Brexit minister David Frost is pictured in London last week. Photograph: Eddie Mulholland/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

London Letter: UK is right to claim it is still a power even as it sabotages its influence

 Prof Chris Whitty: “We have to just be aware Covid has not thrown its last surprise at us, and there will be several more over the next period.”  Photograph:  Hollie Adams/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Study finds rise in cases in England is being driven by younger people who have not yet been vaccinated

Britain’s Brexit minister David Frost pictured earlier this month. Photograph: Eddie Mulholland/AFP

‘They could change their rules in the context of Northern Ireland if they wanted to,’ says Britain’s Brexit minister

Dominic Cummings left Downing Street in November during a bitter power struggle in No 10. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Former aide claims PM plans to leave office after next election ‘to make money and have fun’

People dine outdoors in Temple Bar, Dublin as Ireland begins to reopen. Photograph: Tom Honan

About 25% of all new cases seen in Northern Ireland are of the Delta variant

Prime minister Boris Johnson during the media briefing in Downing Street. Photograph: Jonathan Buckmaster/Daily Express/PA Wire

Covid cases doubling week by week in worst-hit areas, and ICU numbers on the rise

British prime minister Boris Johnson (left) discussed the Northern Ireland protocol during a bilateral meeting with  US president Joe Biden during the G7 summit in Cornwall. Photograph: PA

Bilateral meeting focused on issue that overshadowed G7 summit of world leaders

Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference on the final day of the G7 summit in the UK. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA/Bloomberg

Dublin worries EU-UK diplomatic clash could inflame tensions in the North

Boris Johnson, UK prime minister,  during a news conference on the final day of the G7 summit in Cornwall.  Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA/Bloomberg

Meeting overshadowed for UK by angry dispute with EU over Northern Ireland protocol

 US president Joe Biden  and France’s president Emmanuel Macron: G7 has called on China to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. Photograph:  Phil Noble

Oxfam head of inequality policy accuses leaders of failing to meet challenges of times

British prime minister Boris Johnson  greets German chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, on Saturday, June 12th, 2021. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/WPA Pool/Getty

Johnson says UK will do ‘whatever it takes’ to ensure protocol does not interfere with market

The former Labour leader is back on the front bench – ‘the zeitgeist is different now’

European Council president Charles Michel, US president Joe Biden, Japan’s prime minister Yoshihide Suga, British prime minister  Boris Johnson and Italy’s prime minister Mario Draghi on the first day of  the G7 summit in  Carbis Bay, Cornwall on Friday.  Photograph: Hollie Adams/Pool/EPA

Cost to the UK of failing to find a way forward will be more than a few sausages

British prime minister Boris Johnson and his wife, Carrie Johnson with US president Joe Biden and his wife, US first lady Jill Biden at the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on Friday. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Actions will include faster vaccine turnaround and controlling animal-borne diseases

British prime minister  Boris Johnson and US president Joe Biden: Mr Johnson said the US president did not express concern over Britain’s unilateral actions over the protocol and his failure to negotiate agreed solutions to its difficulties with the EU. Photograph: Hollie Adams

Cornwall meeting ahead of G7 summit takes place in wake of US diplomatic rebuke

US president Joe Biden and UK prime minister Boris Johnson in Carbis Bay on Thursday. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

President and prime minister reaffirm importance of alliance amid protocol impasse

US president Joe Biden and British prime minister Boris Johnson pose for photographers during their bilateral meeting in  Cornwall. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Leaders say they are ‘fully committed’ to the Good Friday Agreement

People eat and drink at tables outside a pub in central London, following the further easing of lockdown restrictions in England on Tuesday. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

London Letter: Many who went home to sit out the pandemic have stayed away

US president Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive on Air Force One at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall. Photograph: Joe Giddens/WPA Pool/Getty Images

US president orders officials to rebuke PM’s government for endangering peace process

US president Joe Biden boards Marine One outside the White House  for the first leg of his trip to Europe, during which  he will meet British prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg

Underestimating US president may prove costly

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic before the start of the first EU-UK partnership council at Admiralty House in London. Photograph: Eddie Mulholland/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

Michelle O’Neill calls on UK government to honour commitments on protocol

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin: seeking to play down tensions between the EU and the UK over the Northern Ireland protocol. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

London wants more flexibility from EU on goods checks as Biden expected to intervene

Brexit minister David Frost: “We underestimated the effect of the protocol on goods movements to Northern Ireland...” Photograph: EPA/Vickie Flores

‘The EU has no intention of letting the UK wriggle out of what it signed up to, so we should expect UK/EU relations to get worse b(...)

Minister for Finance and Eurogroup president Paschal Donohoe at a G7 meeting of  finance ministers in London today. Photograph: Getty

G7 backs 15% corporate tax rate in move which threatens Ireland’s 12.5% rate

The numbers continued to rise until the mid-1990s when new drug therapy transformed HIV from a deadly illness into a manageable condition.  Photograph: iStock

Often parents discovered their son was gay the same day they learned he was dying

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: “I think there is a sense within the EU and within EU capitals that the frustration has got to result in the EU perhaps changing the approach.” Photograph: Tom Honan

Minister says status quo not sustainable as some states advocate possibility of tariffs

Sir Kevan Collins: “A decade’s progress to narrow the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers is estimated to have been reversed.” Photograph:  PA

London Letter: Rejection of Collins’s funds plea over lost learning sparked resignation

Britain’s health secretary Matt Hancock:  “...we know we haven’t beaten this virus yet... ”Photograph: Getty Images

Government’s former chief scientific adviser says Britain is in ‘a perilous moment’

Former Downing Street  special adviser Dominic Cummings speaking at a select committee hearing on Wednesday. Photograph: PRU/AFP via Getty Images

London Letter: Even if voters don’t care, the explosive allegations could damage the PM

Matt Hancock defended his record, saying ‘there were unprecedented difficulties that come with preparations for an unprecedented event’.  Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

UK health secretary avoids answering question on testing of patients before their discharge

Dominic Cummings leaves the Houses of Parliament after giving evidence to MPs over the UK government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, in central London, Britain. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Ex-chief adviser condemns British PM in blistering appearance before committee

British prime minister Boris Johnson. ‘I regarded him as unfit for the job and I was trying to create a structure around him to try and stop what I thought were extremely bad decisions,’ his former adviser Dominic Cummings told an inquiry into the British government’s response to the coronavirus crisis. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Boris Johnson was ‘like a shopping trolley, just smashing around from one side to the other’

Dominic Cummings gives evidence to a Westminister committee on Wednesday. Photograph: PRU/AFP via Getty Images

Analysis: MPs hear story of government dysfunction that caused tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths

Former Downing Street  special advisor Dominic Cummings: ‘he truth is that senior ministers, senior officials, senior advisers like me fell disastrously short of the standards that the public has a right to expect of its government in a crisis like this.’ Photograph: Handout/PRU/AFP via Getty

Former adviser to Boris Johnson tells inquiry that prime minister is unfit for office

A group of constitutional experts  suggest that British and Irish governments should work together to start planning in good time before the referendums. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Years of acrimony over Brexit highlight the dangers of referendums, say experts

Boris Johnson and his former chief adviser  Dominic Cummings who has accused the British prime minister of pursuing a strategy of herd immunity when the pandemic first hit. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

Downing Street braced for prime minister’s former chief adviser’s evidence before parliamentary select committee

 BBC’s Martin Bashir “obtained fame and fortune by instituting document forgery and callously scaring a mentally vulnerable woman . . . something with more than a whiff of criminality about it”. Photograph: Ian West/PA

Broadcaster’s whistleblowing processes and rehiring of journalist to be scutinised

 Michael Gove: “There are folk in the EU who have a tendency to see the Good Friday Agreement just in terms of North/South relations and they haven’t appreciated both the balance within Northern Ireland and the importance of east/west relations as well.” Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Cabinet office minister stresses European Union’s responsibility to help deal with “significant challenges” the measure poses

Cattle farmers  in the northeastern New South Wales  town of Gunnedah, Australia. Photograph:  David Gray/Getty

London Letter: Farmers in the UK have warned about the impact of granting tariff-free access to the country’s meat exporters

Free wheelchair provision for Covid-19 vaccination appointments is offered in Blackburn, in England’s  northwest, as the government is criticised for  confused messages about travel. Photograph:  Oli Scarff

Vigilance and responsibilty key as curbs replaced with protection, Hancock says

The Houses of Parliament in London, Britain. File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

‘I am not sure if and when violence will be the answer. I am just saying that I wouldn’t rule it off the table’

Victims of the Ballymurphy massacre, 1971: Joseph Corr, Daniel Teggart, Edward Doherty, Fr Hugh Mullan, Francis Quinn, Pat McCarthy, Joan Connolly, John James McKerr, Noel Phillips, John Laverty and Joseph Murphy. File photograph: Ballymurphy Massacre Committee/PA

Relatives again critical of British prime minister for shortcomings in statement

 UK Brexit negotiator Lord David Frost: “What we would like to see is an equivalence arrangement which reflects the fact that we both operate high food standards.” Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty

British minister insists London seeking ‘calm and stability in Northern Ireland’

British minister David Frost has told MPs that negotiations with Brussels have not yet dealt with the heart of the problem with the Northern Ireland protocol. Photograph: Aris Oikonomou/AFP via Getty Images

British minister blames bloc’s member states for lack of progress on the issue

A man plays a harmonica in The Greyhound Pub in Bolton as indoor hospitality reopens in England. Photograph: Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images

Health secretary blames vaccine hesitancy for rise in coronavirus cases in Lancashire

‘If David Frost hopes to engage the sympathy of the member state which understands Northern Ireland best, he has chosen an unorthodox way to go about it.’ File photograph: Getty

David Frost’s sabre rattling comes as DUP signal a more realistic approach to protocol

British prime minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing in Downing Street on Friday. Photograph: Matt Dunham/PA Wire

Leaders agree to meet again ‘before summer recess’ following Chequers summit

A man walks past a banner featuring a coronavirus testing site set up at St Mary’s church hall in the London borough of Hillingdon, England on May 14th. Photograph:   Adrian Dennis / AFP

Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth blames government delay for surge in cases

Queen Elizabeth at the Garden of Remembrance on May 17th, 2011: Complacency set in after her  visit as David Cameron’s government took a “semi-detached” attitude to Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Arthur Edwards

Brexit drove wedge between Dublin and London and left both sides feeling betrayed

British prime minister Boris Johnson (right) and Taoiseach Micheal Martin greet each other  at Hillsborough Castle in Belfast last summer. The two are meeting today at Chequers in England. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Leaders ‘reflected’ on coroner’s report into the Ballymurphy massacre published this week

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