There are reports that Tory cabinet ministers have initiated talks with Labour MPs to secure cross-party backing for a softer Brexit.

Pressure on British prime minister Theresa May to pursue a more cross-party approach to Brexit with greater focus on the economy is growing amid repor(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster with her members of parliament outside the Stormont Hotel in Belfast.  Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

A deal between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party to allow Theresa May to govern as prime minister would be “bad news” for women give(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May: perhaps if we had any idea at all about where she was willing to compromise,  we could begin to sketch the outlines of a deal. Photograph:  Jeff Overs/BBC Handout via Reuters

Both sides have now staked out their initial Brexit negotiating positions. The UK, via Theresa May’s key speeches and article 50 letter, wants to reta(...)

 Heathrow expansion plan was presented as central to Britain’s new post-Brexit ambitions even though it’s a capacity issue that has long dogged the airport. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Brexit: the only show in town

Like the child of separated parents, the UK is now seemingly destined to have every action, however separate and unconnected, viewed through the prism(...)

A sign is displayed opposite the M4 near Tata Steel works, on the day of the EU referendum, in Port Talbot, Wales. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

For two weeks Wales has been celebrating its European presence. There was jubilation when our football team thrashed Russia to top group B at the Euro(...)

Paul Maskey of Sinn Féin (left), who has been elected in Belfast West,  congratulates fellow party member Gerry Kelly (right) on being elected as MLA for Belfast North, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The Belfast North count is complete in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections. It is a similar result as in 2011 - two seats to Sinn Féin, three to (...)

Former Tory cabinet minister Michael Portillo, pictured at Glasnevin Cemetery, is to make a documentary about the Easter Rising for RTÉ.

Former Tory cabinet minister Michael Portillo is to make a documentary about the Easter Rising for RTÉ. The Enemy Files will tell the story of 1916 f(...)

Children conceived after mitochondrial donation would have “nuclear” DNA determining individual traits such as facial features and personality from its two parents, plus a tiny amount of mitochondrial DNA (mDNA) from an anonymous woman donor. Photograph: Getty Images

The UK has become the first country in the world to legalise the creation of IVF babies using DNA from three people. The first baby conceived a(...)

Mary Meenan: exposed the scandal of the owner of island’s hotel demolishing a house belonging to a Co Down film-maker

To islanders and visitors Mary Meenan, known as Mary Denis, who has died after a period of ill-health, was an important part of life on Tory, Co Doneg(...)