DUP MP Sammy Wilson: ‘We don’t feel we are alone on this. There will always be a residual, albeit not very many, but 30 or 40 within the Conservative Party, who would say: ‘We draw a line on that’.’ Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty

Boris Johnson would face “sizable” internal Tory opposition to a Northern Ireland-only backstop even if his party did not require unionist support aft(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson speaks to the media ahead of his meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

At least he turned up when he said he would. Which counted as a good start. Supporters of the British prime minister may refuse to accept their man (...)

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow: has been described as a “stupid, sanctimonious dwarf” and  “one of the great speakers”. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP

With his announcement that he will stand down as speaker by October 31st, John Bercow is ending a House of Commons career that has seen him move from (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Boris Johnson at Government Buildings: is the prime minister serious about a deal before October 31st? Photograph: Maxwellphotography.ie

Boris Johnson’s first meeting with Leo Varadkar was a success, with both sides describing the atmosphere as much warmer than in the flinty encounters (...)

Arlene Foster said the DUP will continue to work with the British Government and will also use any discussions with the Taoiseach to encourage efforts towards a sensible deal. File photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The DUP leader Arlene Foster has said she was “encouraged” by Boris Johnson’s commitment to a “sensible” Brexit. Her comments came after the British(...)

UK prime minister Boris Johnson meets Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Government Buildings during his visit to Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The self-image of the public-school ethos from which Boris Johnson springs is best expressed in Thomas Hughes’s high-Victorian novel, Tom Brown’s Scho(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson speaking during his first Prime Minister’s Questions session in the House of Commons. Photograph: PRU/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister Boris Johnson is to present MPs with a way out of an enforced holiday by giving them another vote on holding a general election(...)

Dominic Cummings, the British prime minister’s chief adviser,  portrayed as the puppet master of Boris Johnson. Photograph: Andrew Testa/New York Times

As Boris Johnson arrives in Dublin to meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, he is a prime minister fast running out of options. Parliament has legislated to st(...)

Amber Rudd leaving in Whitehall in London on September 2. Photograph:  Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

Amber Rudd said she sensationally quit the British cabinet and the Conservative party on Saturday night because there was not enough evidence of attem(...)

 British prime minister Boris Johnson visits a farm in Scotland on Friday.    Johnson’s last resort, of course, is to try to create through a general election a parliament in his own image.  Photograph:  Andrew Milligan/Getty Images

The great American humourist James Thurber recalled in his memoir a local character from his childhood in Columbus, Ohio: the Get-Ready Man. “The Get-(...)

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