Boris Johnson is the clear favourite to win the parliamentary stage of the Conservative leadership election but his victory among the party’s membership is not a foregone conclusion. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Outside Committee Room 14 after the first round of voting by Conservative MPs on Thursday, Boris Johnson’s team were candidly exultant. Within minutes(...)

Amber Rudd, British work and pensions secretary, attends the Conservative party leadership campaign launch for Jeremy Hunt, in London, Britain. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Britain’s foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has claimed that European Union leaders now accept that the current Northern Ireland backstop cannot get throu(...)

Boris Johnson: promises to shed the ‘intellectual prison’ of the backstop. Photograph: Andrew Yates/File Photo/Reuters

Boris Johnson’s promise to withhold part of Britain’s £39 billion EU divorce bill and to defer the issue of the Border was enough to persuade hardline(...)

Sterling under pressure: some 44 per cent of visitors to the island of Ireland are from Britain, with these visitors generating 25 per cent of overseas tourism revenue. Photograph: iStock.

A certain amount of stoicism is required for Irish tourist authorities tasked with maximising the number of visitors to the island from Britain. So mu(...)

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage and party candidate Mike Greene  with supporters prior to votes being counted in the Peterborough by-election. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party has failed to secure its first MP as Labour took the Peterborough byelection in a closely-fought contest. The Brexit (...)

Tánaiste and  Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is going to  Stormont  as he and and Northern Secretary Karen Bradley and the political leaders seek to reach agreement on key issues. Photograph: PA

The British and Irish governments are to intensify efforts to restore the Northern Executive and Assembly as the Northern Ireland parties continue the(...)

US president Donald Trump: Opposition leaders will not attend banquet held for him by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace on Monday. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Donald Trump arrives in London on Monday for a three-day state visit after endorsing Boris Johnson to be Britain’s next prime minister. Ahead of the v(...)

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage during a Brexit Party rally at the Broadway Theatre in Peterborough on Saturday, ahead of the upcoming by-election. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Nigel Farage has said the outcome of the coming Peterborough byelection will be “even bigger” than the European elections, in which his Brexit Party (...)

Investigative journalists Barry McCaffrey (left) and Trevor Birney  outside Belfast High Court where a judge has order the police to return documents seized from them by police. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland’s top judge has delivered a stinging rebuke to the Police Service of Northern Ireland for raiding the homes and offices of two journa(...)

A 90-year-old woman in the Devil’s Glen near Ballycastle in 1919.

Turning the pages of this newspaper back to the editions of May 1919 reveals that Spanish flu, tuberculosis and returning war veterans were some of th(...)

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