Labour leader Keir Starmer was human rights adviser to the Policing Board in Northern Ireland from 2003 to 2008. Photograph: House of Commons/PA Wire

Initiative aims to tell the story of the peace process and the role of key figures in both communities

UK prime minister Boris Johnson:  The success of the vaccination process, depends on us not finding out the South African or Brazilian variants are vaccine resistant,” he said. Photograph:  Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

UK records 1,564 coronavirus deaths, the highest daily figure so far

DUP MP Ian Paisley: accused Conservative MPs of “screwing over” the North. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

UK government planning further engagement with Irish authorities to reduce friction

Armed police officers at Waterloo Station during the morning rush hour in London, as England’s third national lockdown to curb spread of coronavirus continues. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

UK stores to insist on face coverings as 45,533 new cases and 1,243 deaths reported

 Britain’s health secretary Matt Hancock visiting a mass vaccination centre at Epsom race course in Surrey. Photograph:  EPA/Dominic Lipisnki

Johnson warns that rising hospital admissions are putting massive strain on the health service

The check-in area at Holyhead port in Wales. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty

Problems with documents the ‘main reason’ lorries being turned away from ports

British prime minister Boris Johnson addressing  the House of Commons. He  promised “a gradual unwrapping” of restrictions as the vaccination programme progresses. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/PA

Four DUP MPs vote against measures with the other four abstaining

Heath secretary Matt Hancock in Downing Street the morning after PM Boris Johnson set out further measures as part of a lockdown in England in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

PM says emergence from lockdown will not be a ‘big bang but a gradual unwrapping’

Speaking at a meeting of Westminster’s Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, the DUP’s North Antrim MP said it was time to invoke article 16 of the protocol.  Article 16 of the protocol allows the EU or the UK to “unilaterally take appropriate safeguard measures” if its application leads to “serious economic, societal or environmental difficulties that are liable to persist” or to diversion of trade. Photograph: PA

‘The protocol’s effect has been an unmitigated disaster,’ says DUP MP

British prime minister Boris Johnson has until now sought to navigate a precarious path between the advice of his health experts and the demands of his party. Photograph: Hannah McKay/PA

Vacillating prime minister’s record on making hard decisions suggests rocky road ahead

Prime minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing on coronavirus  in Downing Street on Tuesday. Photograph: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

Daily number of positive tests for the virus rises above 60,000 for the first time

UK prime Minister Boris Johnson making a televised address to the nation from 10 Downing Street, London, setting out new emergency measures to control the spread of coronavirus in England. Photograph: PA Video/PA Wire

Johnson says surge in infections putting NHS under more pressure than at any time since start of pandemic

Julian Assange: has been held in high security Belmarsh prison since he was carried out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Photograph:  Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Extradition request for WikiLeaks founder rejected because of risk of suicide

British prime minister Boris Johnson leaves   Broadcasting House in central London following his appearance on the BBC One current affairs programme The Andrew Marr Show. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Delays and disruption expected at Britain’s borders as cross-channel traffic increases

 St Marylebone   secondary school     in London:   Labour leader Keir Starmer said more school closures were inevitable after the government delayed the reopening of schools in some parts of England. Photograph:  Hollie Adams/Getty Images

Starmer calls for an immediate national lockdown as Johnson says schools are safe

UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty

Economic rot and the Scottish question will take wisdom and imagination to solve

UK prime minister Boris Johnson giving his New Year’s message. Photograph: No 10 Downing Street /PA Wire

But Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon reasserts Scotland’s desire to be part of EU

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson signing the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement at 10 Downing Street on Wednesday.  Handout photograph: Andrew Parsons/EPA

British PM hopes post-Brexit trade deal will end ‘rancour’

Prime minister Boris Johnson speaking in  Downing Street following the tightening of England’s Covid-19 tiers. Photograph: PA Photo

New restrictions announced as Britain approves cheaper and easier to distribute AstraZeneca vaccine

British prime minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons debate on the second reading of the EU Future Relationship Bill on Wednesday. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP via Getty Images

DUP sidelined once more amid Johnson win despite support ‘tinged with sadness’

Labour leader Keir Starmer during the debate in the House of Commons on the Brexit Bill on Wednesday. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

Labour votes with government while all other opposition parties vote against

British prime minister Boris Johnson will tell MPs the Brexit deal shows how Britain can be “at once European and sovereign”. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Deal set to be passed with large majority as Conservative hardliners indicate support

UK border signs are pictured at the passport control in Arrivals in Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport in London. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/ AFP via Getty Images

MPs and peers at Westminster to debate and vote on the agreement on Wednesday

A cargo ship in Dublin Port. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Fisheries will ‘no doubt’ be negatively affected, while hauliers worry about delays

Screengrab taken from the twitter feed of @borisjohnson of the prime minister holding up a document on Christmas Eve believed to be the pages of the Brexit deal. Photograph: @borisjohnson/PA Wire

Boris Johnson says he is confident hardline Brexiteers will vote for deal on Wednesday

Ursula von der Leyen: she welcomed the Brexit deal on Christmas Eve quoting TS Eliot. “The end is where we start from.” Photographer: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Bloomberg

Range of new bodies to oversee implementation of the agreement

Led by Donkeys: Michael Gove, Dominic Cummings and Boris Johnson on a protest billboard in London. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty

2020 in review: Dominic Cummings died politically, Johnson almost did in actuality

British prime minister Boris Johnson: ‘We will be able to set our own standards, to innovate in the way that we want.’ Photograph: PA

Labour leader Keir Starmer indicates party support for vote on pact in parliament

Despite considerable joy on the part of Brexiteers, the agreement has left Britain  with a significantly weaker economic relationship with the EU. File photograph: The New York Times

Among areas covered by deal are trade, services, fisheries, level playing field and security

British prime minister Boris Johnson suggested Britain would be freed from its ‘very dense programme of integration’. Photograph: PA

No chance of rejection in parliament as Labour pledge support for long-awaited pact

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson gestures as he holds a remote press conference to announce the reaching of a Brexit trade deal. Photograph: Getty

Analysis: There is no chance that the deal will be rejected in next week’s Commons vote

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen addresses a media conference after she announced that a Brexit deal had been reached. Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP

Negotiations went down to the wire to find an agreement on controversial issue of fishing

A member of the British delegation loads a soup cauldron into a van outside the UK mission to the EU in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph:  Virginia Mayo/AP Photo

Sides agree on fisheries, level-playing-field guarantees and fulfilment of obligations

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Photograph: Johanna Geron/AP

Johnson and Von der Leyen are expected to announce agreement

Police officers   beneath a sign reading “Testing to Commence”, at the entrance to the Port of Dover in Kent, south east England  where Covid-19 testing is set to begin on drivers who have been queueing to leave the UK. Photograph:Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty

Britain reports 40,000 new cases and 744 deaths – the highest daily figures since April

Lorries parked on the runway at Manston airport, waiting to cross the English Channel. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty

Drivers warned against entering Kent until queue of thousands of vehicles begins to clear

Boris Johnson: The gap between the sides is probably too wide to be bridged by Wednesday evening, the deadline member states have given for a deal to be agreed in time to come into force on January 1st. Photograph:   Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

British PM might secure more fish by waiting but EU resolve could harden instead

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: “We are giving it the final push.” Photograph: John Thys/EPA

Michel Barnier says talks ‘really in crucial moment’ as January 1st deadline looms

Truck drivers stand  near parked trucks on the M20 motorway  in the UK. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/ Bloomberg

Commission to assess what categories of people can travel from Britain into the EU

Coast guards hand out bottles of water to lorry drivers parked on the M20 in Kent after the Port of Dover was closed. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Good fisheries deal would allow Johnson to show flexibility on other outstanding issues

Lorries on the M20 in Kent following the closure of the  port of Dover  after the French government announced  it would  not accept any passengers from the UK.   Photograph:  Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Lorries stuck at Dover, and supermarket chain warns there could be a shortage of fruit and vegetables if travel ban continues

Labour leader Keir Starmer delivers a virtual speech on Scotland, devolution and the United Kingdom, at Labour Party headquarters in London. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour leader says party would oppose a second Scottish independence referendum

Queue at King’s Cross St Pancras station to board trains to Paris: About 18 million people living in London and the southeast of England are now prohibited from leaving their homes except for essential purposes. Photograph: Andy Rain

Johnson under pressure to furnish clear exit strategy from cycle of Covid-19 lockdowns

Boris Johnson during a news conference on Saturday. ‘We have a prime minister who is so scared of being unpopular that he is incapable of taking tough decisions until it is too late,’ said Labour leader Keir Starmer. Photograph: Toby Melville/PA Wire

PM comes under fire for switching from Santa to Scrooge with new restrictions

British prime minister Boris Johnson hopes the EU will agree to shorten the transition period or increase the size of the quota to be returned to Britain. File photograph: PA

Issue important enough politically for PM to delay in hope of extracting more concessions

British parliament can be recalled at 48 hours’ notice, and whips believe trade deal implementation legislation could go through both houses within a day or two. Photograph: Getty Images

European Parliament says it will not ratify a deal by the end of the year if it is reached any later than Sunday

Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood joined 26 others for the Iraq Britain Business Council’s Christmas party. ‘There was nothing Christmassy about it,’ he said in his defence. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

London Letter: Tory MP Tobias Ellwood is the latest public figure called to account

Addressing MPs on Thursday Britain’s health secretary Matt Hancock said infections in the southeast rose by 46 per cent in the past week. Photograph: PRU/AFP

MP says move will be ‘greeted with dismay’ in Greater Manchester as most areas are below average rate

Boris Johnson: “A shorter Christmas is going to be a safer Christmas,” he told a press conference in Downing Street. Photograph: Matt Dunham/WPA Pool/Getty Images

PM urges people to keep meetings shorter and smaller after warnings from experts

London: Number 10 is emphasising that its negotiators are working with Brussels to find a Brexit deal. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Decision to continue trade talks without new deadline seen as positive signal on deal

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson meets European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels last week. Photograph: Aaron Chown/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

No amount of sham gunboat diplomacy can obscure where British PM’s interests lie

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: “Despite the exhaustion after almost a year of negotiations . . . we think it is responsible at this point to go the extra mile.” Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

Johnson’s hard line on talks seen by some as a sign that he is preparing to do a deal

Gunboat threat will adorn a likely post-deal narrative of Johnson’s toughness

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney  speaking in  Berlin. “I know there is a growing pessimism across the EU and coming out of London,” he said, “but I still believe there are enough realists involved in this process to understand the consequences of no deal, regardless of what is being said publicly.” Photograph:  Fabrizio Bensch/Getty Images

Government preparing special measures to support Irish food exporters

British prime minister Boris Johnson in  Northumberland on Friday. Asked during the visit about the Brexit negotiations  he said: ‘If there is a big offer, a big change in what they are saying, then I must say that I’ve yet to see it.’ Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Brexit talks to continue until Sunday but Johnson calls a no-deal outcome ‘very, very likely’

Lorries queuing to access the Port of Dover in Kent on Thursday. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Despite pessimism, Irish Government sources believe agreement is still possible

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer, who is self-isolating, speaks remotely to the UK parliament. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP via Getty

Keir Starmer indicates if a deal comes before House of Commons, Labour will back it

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier: The apotheosis of a 300-year-old French bureaucratic tradition stretching back to Colbert. Photograph:  Hollie Adams/Getty Images

London Letter: EU’s Brexit negotiator accused of inflexibility but London’s strategy is unwise

Britain's prime minister Boris Johnson leaves after a Brexit talks working dinner in Brussels. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

No-deal Brexit contingency papers may be ‘on table in next 24 hours’ to avoid January chaos

 Michael Gove: “Because we must all remember if the protocol is to work it must work for the whole community in Northern Ireland.”   Photograph: Getty Images

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee hears there are likely to be delays at ports while new checking facilities are being built

The EU and UK have indicated an agreement on ‘all issues’ regarding how to practically implement arrangements for Northern Ireland designed to avoid a hard border.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

European Commission chief and British PM to meet as both sides struggle to avert failure

Michael Gove: said the agreement would ensure that businesses in Northern Ireland would be able to trade freely with the EU and the rest of the UK from January 1st. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Minister to tell MPs why government withdrew treaty-breaking clauses from Bill

A nurse administering the Pfizer-BioNTech  vaccine to care home worker Pillay Jagambrun at Croydon University Hospital in  London. Photograph: Dan Charity/Pool/Getty Images

Those over 80 years are prioritised as doses of Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine are administered at hospital hubs

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson: Despite atmosphere of gloom and pessimism, each side believes the other still wants a deal. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Ray of hope as key obstacle falls away ahead of Johnson’s meeting with von der Leyen

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier leaves a meeting with Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost  in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

Coveney warns mood is shifting from compromise to preparing for no-deal outcome

UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Analysis: Cutting out middlemen might help as Johnson faces momentous decision

 “After three months of posturing, undermining our reputation in the world, today, an hour before the debate begins, we perhaps see some preparations for the brakes being applied before we go over the cliff,” says Labour’s shadow business secretary Ed Miliband. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas

Potential move on Internal Market and tax Bills ‘the grinding wheels of the climbdown’

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier arrives at Brussels Midi station after Brexit talks in London. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty

Fate of Irish economy in the balance as Taoiseach puts chances of success at ‘50-50’

Boris Johnson’s decision to press ahead with restoring treaty-breaking clauses to the Internal Market Bill on Monday is a provocation that some feared could capsize the talks. Photograph: Getty Images

Coveney indicates the EU is confident that treaty-breaking clauses will be removed before any deal is agreed

Britain’s chief negotiator, David Frost, arrives in Brussels for Brexit talks with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier on Sunday. Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP Photo

Environment secretary wants clauses restored ‘as an insurance policy for Britain’

 The sun sets behind the Palace of Westminster, the home of the Houses of Parliament in central London as talks  on a trade deal between the EU and the UK failed to reach agreement.  Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP  via Getty Images

Gaps on fisheries, level playing field and governance require high-level political intervention

In a sign that the talks are entering their final stage, four officials from the European Commission’s communications team joined the negotiators in London.   Photograph: Bloomberg

Downing Street warns trade talks with EU have reached ‘very difficult point’

Covid-19: The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, if approved, is likely to be the first to arrive in the State early next year

Vaccines to be flown in but UK ‘landbridge’ to be avoided if road travel needed in case of delays

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier  at Brexit talks in central London on Thursday. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty

Johnson still intends on Monday to restore to Internal Market Bill the treaty-breaking clauses that were removed by House of Lords

 British prime minister  Boris Johnson  holds a cod during a general election campagin visit to Grimsby Fish Market on December 9th 2019 in Grimsby, England. Photograph: Ben Stansall/WPA Pool/Getty

London Letter: British PM would have little difficulty pushing for the nuclear option

Jessica Walker and Nicola Foster pose at sunrise before swimming at Charlton Lido, Hornfair Park, London, on its first day of reopening after the second national lockdown ended in England. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

First doses of Pfizer-BioNTech drug will go to vulnerable groups including care-home residents and elderly

‘We are pushing hard to secure agreement with the EU on a number of outstanding issues that relate to the protocol, including that of at-risk goods’,Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis said. Photograph: Tolga Akmen /AFP via Getty Images

Authorities want to be sympathetic to traders in early days of Brexit, NI Affairs Committee told

Boris Johnson in the House of Commons during Tuesday’s debate. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

Biggest rebellion since Johnson as PM but tough measures pass with Labour absention

British prime minister Boris Johnson’s government published the impact assessment as part of an effort to limit the scale of a Conservative backbench revolt. Photograph: PA

Report comes as Johnson faces Tory revolt in vote on next stage of restrictions on Tuesday

Geraldine Finucane, the widow of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane says the decision is ‘yet another insult added to a deep and lasting injury’. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

‘The questions that demand answers around Pat’s murder are not going away,’ widow says

The European Union and United Kingdom agree that a big gap must be bridged on fisheries. File photograph: Getty

Dominic Raab identifies fisheries and competition as remaining problems to be resolved

UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty

London Letter: Stars misalign in shape of economic reality, Scottish ire and Joe Biden

Waiting to  board a tram in Manchester.  Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images)

Cleo Watson, a close associate of Dominic Cummings, is to leave Downing Street

Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak: ‘Our health emergency is not yet over, and our economic emergency has only just begun.’ Photograph: PA

Chancellor of the exchequer warns output will fall by 11% this year

The chancellor’s problem is that the economic cycle is not aligned with the political one and the timing of any fiscal tightening is highly problematic. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Analysis: UK chancellor causes political waves with cuts to international aid

Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak: ‘Our health emergency is not yet over, and our economic emergency has only just begun.’ Photograph: PA

Chancellor warns output will fall by 11% this year

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer: Margaret Beckett is to become chair of the NEC, passing over outgoing vice-chair Ian Murray from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). Photograph: Jessica Taylor/PA

Labour NEC members claim party leader bending rules for ally Margaret Beckett

 Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: “This will be still a hard winter, Christmas cannot be normal and there is a long road to spring.” Photograph: Henry Nicholls

Johnson announces restriction easing next week from retail, gyms and personal care

Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/WPA Pool/Getty

Bank of England governor says exiting EU with no FTA would cause more lasting harm

Britain’s home secretary Priti Patel:  ‘I am sorry that my behaviour in the past has upset people.’

Johnson refuses to sack home secretary despite ‘occasions of shouting and sweating’

Screens displaying UK prime minister Boris Johnson as he takes part remotely via a Zoom video call in the weekly prime minister’s questions. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK parliament/AFP via Getty

London Letter: Military spend and climate to form central planks of revival strategy

A woman wearing a mask against coronavirus  in a near-deserted Covent Garden in central London. Photograph:   Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

Prime minister says £16.5bn rise in defence spending is necessary to secure Britain’s interests and strengthen its global influenc(...)

Containers at Belfast Harbour. Aodhán Connolly from the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium said a no-deal outcome to the trade talks would affect the North’s food exports to Britain. Photograph: Paul Faith/Bloomberg

‘Northern Ireland’s business community will not be ready for January 1st, quite simply’

Former Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photograph:   Leon Neal/Getty Images

Starmer claims Corbyn’s actions undermine Labour’s ‘ability to tackle anti-Semitism’

 10 Downing Street: Britain plans to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 and produce enough offshore wind to power every home in the country by then. Photograph:  Tolga Akmen

Johnson seeks to calm Downing Street chaos and make investment in midlands and north

Boris Johnson: by disparaging devolution he has fuelled accusations that he is indifferent to the will of the Scottish people. Photograph: Vickie Flores/EPA

Scottish independence likely to replace Brexit as Britain’s major constitutional issue

Former US president Bill Clinton with John Hume in Dublin, 2005. Photograph: Joe St Leger

PSNI warns gangs could exploit the Border for human trafficking after transition period

Boris Johnson will take prime minister’s questions by video on Wednesday. Photograph: Eddie Mulholland/The Daily Telegraph/Bloomberg

Move comes after infected MP attended meeting with PM in Downing Street

“The area of biggest concern would be Northern Ireland, where some of this infrastructure has to be in place from January 1st, and that is currently very challenging.” Photograph: Getty Images

House of Lords committee told the UK government has not made some crucial decisions about new port infrastructure

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