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 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar    said many of the Government’s preparations for a no-deal Brexit would be stood down if the House of Commons votes to approve the new agreement. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has sought to reassure unionists that the constitutional position of Northern Ireland is unaffected by the new Brexit agreement(...)

British  prime minister Boris Johnson gesturing towards Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the House of Commons.

EU and UK negotiators have agreed a final deal in Brussels that would allow the UK to leave the EU – possibly by the October 31st deadline, if ratifie(...)

Boris Johnson needs 320 MPs to back his deal to win a majority of one. File photograph: Getty

There are 650 MPs in the House of Commons. Minus those who do not vote – the speaker, the three deputy speakers and the seven abstentionist Sinn Féin (...)

Boris Johnson may pass the Brexit deal in the House of Commons if a group of Labour backbenchers support it, a Tory ERG member has said. Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty Images

A senior Conservative Eurosceptic has suggested that Boris Johnson may not need the votes of the DUP to get his Brexit deal through parliament on Satu(...)

Tanaiste Simon Coveney said Ireland will support any UK request for an extension to Article 50 . Photograph: John Thys / AFP

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said it doesn’t matter whether British proposals on Brexit are made publicly or privately once they are credible and bridge the(...)

UK Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay: “We’re leaving the EU on October 31st with or without a deal.” Photograph: Tolga Akmen

The EU has raised with UK ministers claims by some Tory MPs that they will not support the current Brexit deal even if Boris Johnson’s demands to scra(...)

Mr Powell says he believes Johnson will seek a Canada-style free-trade agreement with the EU. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Boris Johnson will “abandon” the DUP if he wins an election, to secure a Canada-style free trade agreement for Britain, the UK’s chief negotiator in t(...)

Boris Johnson: For a politician about to reach the high office –  nobody appears to trust a word he says. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Senior figures in the Irish Government no longer wonder about whether they will be faced with Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt as the next British prime m(...)

Boris Johnson delivers  a speech at the final Conservative Party leadership hustings,   in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Boris Johnson was in the Commons chamber for Thursday’s votes, chatting and joking with supporters, admirers and ambitious MPs keen to bend the incomi(...)

Boris Johnson during the London launch of his campaign to become leader of the Conservative  and prime minister. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Boris Johnson emerged undamaged from his deliberately dull campaign launch on Wednesday, taking just six questions from reporters and dodging the diff(...)

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