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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: took call from European Commission president Jean Claude  Juncker on the final wording of the unilateral declaration. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

The idea of Britain making a unilateral statement that it believed it could decide on its own to leave the backstop, the insurance policy to avoid a h(...)

British  prime minister Theresa May leaves the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday following the rejection of her deal in the Commons. Photograph: Reuters

As the vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal approached, the atmosphere in the House of Commons was at once anxious and flat, as MPs considered the inevit(...)

Sterling was trading down 0.3 per cent at $1.3101 at 7.45pm having been 0.5 per cent lower before voting began. Photograph: Daniel Sorabji/AFP/Getty Images

Sterling trimmed its losses in a volatile session on Tuesday evening after UK parliamentarians voted down Theresa May’s tweaked Brexit deal, prompting(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster: she must be apprehensive that some of the party’s core vote is becoming jaundiced and fearful by its obdurate position on the backstop

There was a period between late on Monday night and around 11am on Tuesday when there was a chance of escape from the Brexit chaos. It was fleeting. (...)

  British Prime Minister Theresa May in the House of Commons after the vote. Photogrpah:  EPA

MPs have overwhelmingly rejected the British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the House of Commons. A vote on her latest proposals agreed (...)

16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg calling for urgent measures to combat climate change. Photograph: Morris Mac Matzen/Reuters

More than 21 protest events are to be staged across the country on Friday coinciding with school strikes for action on climate change, which will be a(...)

Leo Varaadkar, speaking at a press conference in  Government Buildings on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the agreement reached between the UK and the EU on Monday night is “positive” and “does not undermine the backstop”. (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron went over the heads of national leaders and addressed himself directly to “the citizens of Europe” in an article published in The Irish Times and newspapers in the other 27 EU states on Tuesday. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Faced with the populist-right revolt, the Brexit referendum and the rise of nationalist governments, the responses of centrist European leaders have b(...)

Marine Le Pen at a meeting in Saint-Ebremond-de-Bonfosse. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images

With the party’s history returning to haunt Le Pen, the RN leader talks about anti-Semitism, the gilets jaunes and her plan to undermine Brussels f(...)

John Richardson and his partner in front of the Park Hotel and Lake in the Burgerpark, Bremen, Germany

Working Abroad Q&A: Each week, Irish Times Abroad meets an Irish person working in an interesting job overseas. This week, John Richardson fr(...)

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