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 Former British  prime minister Tony Blair: He said last month’s deal between Theresa May and the EU on Northern Ireland had  exposed the central dilemma of Brexit

Tony Blair has warned against “a certain fatalism” in Europe over Brexit which ignores the damage Britain’s departure will do to the European Union it(...)

Britain’s Brexit secretary David Davis, prime minister Theresa May, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. File photograph: Eric Vidal/Pool/EPA

The UK Cabinet is, at last, getting around to discussing the sort of trade agreement it wants to have with the EU after it has left. It intends to ma(...)

A remarkable feature of the phase one Brexit discussions was the manner in which the EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, skilfully ensured that the 27 remaining states maintained a cohesion and unity of purpose. Photograph: Getty Images

When EU leaders at their December summit finally opened the second chapter of the great Brexit negotiations saga, two great imponderables hung over th(...)

Norwegian singer Sigrid: Youthful magnetism. Photograph: Berit Roald/EPA

What: 2018’s pop poppet is bound to go interstellar Where: Norway Why: The music industry is always looking for the next big thing. The story goes t(...)

A pod of killer whales swimming in a fjord in Skjervoy, Norway. Photograph: Stephen Starr

At 480km inside the Arctic Circle we are further north than almost anywhere in Alaska. Our journey begins by heading out of Tromso, the so-called capi(...)

Colleen Hennessy with her son Thomas at their home on the Dingle Peninsula in Co Kerry.

“There is a smell of ketones off him,” said the public health nurse. She sat on our couch, drinking a cup of tea made by my husband and told me my ne(...)

Pro-European Union anti-Brexit demonstrators protesting outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

As Theresa May’s Brexit “war cabinet” finished their first ever discussion of what they hope for from the final Brexit deal, Michel Barnier’s senior a(...)

The results of the Irish project could be used to improve the diagnosis of genetic diseases, particularly illnesses that are prevalent among  people with Irish ancestry, including multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis and coeliac disease.

A new “Irish DNA atlas” has mapped the genes of the people of Ireland in detail, finding genetic evidence of Viking settlement in Ireland for the firs(...)

Under the IPPR’s “shared market” model, Britain could diverge from the EU — or vice versa — on matters such as goods, services, capital and state aid. The other party would then have a right to raise an objection. If no agreement were reached within six months, the diverging side would “lose a proportionate level of its preferential trading arrangement”. Photograph:  Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

Britain and the EU can permanently align their rules after Brexit, with a mechanism to allow some divergence in exchange for compensation, an influent(...)

A Union flag, an EU Flag and a ‘One Way’ street sign in London: Leave voters are unlikely to blame a disappointing Brexit on their own decision last year. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

It was shortly after 7am and the cafe was already filling up nicely, with huddles of bantering builders gathered around most of the formica-topped tab(...)

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