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An anti-Brexit protester stands outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

The relief in Brussels was palpable. Despite its ambiguities and conditionalities, notably on Ireland, the phase-one divorce deal on key priorities re(...)

A reindeer grazing in the snow as a Norwegian patrol ship passes behind south of Tromso, Norway. Photograph: Stephen Starr

In the port of Tromso, one of the northernmost cities in the world and Atlantic gateway to the Arctic, patrol vessels are on the move. When one ship l(...)

French environment minister  Nicolas Hulot (on the screen) speaking to OECD secretary general Angel Gurria (right)) and Mexico’s secretary of environment  Rafael Pacchiano (second right) during a session  of the One Planet Summit. Photograph: Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron was the first to admit the contrast between the festive atmosphere at the One Planet Summit he convened on Tuesday a(...)

Britain’s Brexit secretary David Davis aspires to a “Canada-plus-plus-plus” deal. Photograph: PA Wire

When we postpone a chore or leave a tough conversation for another day, it is in the rational hope that we might never have to do it. Sometimes we tur(...)

Marine Scotland says artisanal hand cutting, or picking, wild seaweed has far less environmental impact than mechanised harvesting. File photograph: Getty Images

A west Cork-based environmental group has said it is “utterly disappointed” with Minister of State for Housing Damien English for failing to consult i(...)

British prime minister Theresa May arrives for a carol concert at a church in her Maidenhead constituency  on Friday. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Downing Street staff Christmas party was in full swing all around her on Thursday night as Theresa May negotiated with Brussels, Dublin and Belfas(...)

Given the typical age profile of the average Brexiteer, it is ironic that one of the more arcane details of Friday’s agreement is that most of them will be dead by the time the European Court of Justice is no longer involved in British affairs.  Photograph: Getty Images

The old cliche is apposite: the best strategy in the world rarely survives first contact with the enemy. One of the many problems facing the British g(...)

A disused customs post at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in Middletown, Co. Armagh. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Friday’s agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom on the first phase of the Brexit negotiations is a major achievement, especially (...)

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives for a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson has called on European leaders to give an immediate go-ahead to talks on post-Brexit trade relations, rather t(...)

Sea ice in Victoria Strait, Nunavut, Canadian Arctic: the impact of current climate change on the planet may be larger than expected. Photograph: Cory Glencross/iStock/Getty

The magnitude of past abrupt climate change events around the planet may have been underestimated, according to a major international study led by a s(...)

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