Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in his office in the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday, with the Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future UK-EU relationship. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Hardline Brexiteers have reacted angrily to Theresa May’s offer to seek a common approach to Brexit with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Jacob Rees-Mogg,(...)

 Northern  Secretary Karen Bradley. The DUP is not  pleased by her declaration  that Dublin would have an input into direct rule  under  the Belfast and St Andrews agreements. Photograph: Getty Images

The declaration by Sir Mark Sedwill, Whitehall’s most senior civil servant, that Northern Ireland faces direct rule from London if the UK quits the Eu(...)

The head of the UK civil service has said that the powers granted to the Northern Secretary would not be enough to govern in the North, in the absence of a functioning Stormont executive. File photograph: Paul Faith

A Sinn Féin MP has said there must be no return to direct rule from Westminster after Britain’s most senior civil servant warned that such a situation(...)

“Yes” campaigners celebrate after the Lisbon Treaty referendum, outside Dublin Castle on  October 3rd, 2009. File photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

An insightful Spanish diplomat once suggested to me that the problem with a referendum was that it’s like inviting somebody to the cinema. If they say(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May is considering a last-ditch attempt to save her Brexit deal. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

UK prime minister Theresa May is considering a last-ditch attempt to save her Brexit deal after suffering another bruising Commons defeat. Mrs May is(...)

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Mr Justice Frank Clarke, AG Séamus Woulfe and Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland Sir Declan Morgan after a panel discussion, Judicial co-operation after Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson

A “string of statutory instruments” – the equivalent of substantive legislation – will be finalised over the coming days as part of preparations for a(...)

A video grab  shows Labour MP Margaret Beckett speaking as MPs put forward their motions for the indicative votes on alternative options for Brexit. Photograph:  HO/PRU/AFP

Few at Westminster believe Theresa May has the numbers to win a majority for the withdrawal agreement on Friday. But her government hopes to frame the(...)

 Former  foreign secretary Boris Johnson: he is not as popular in Westminster as he is with party members

Boris Johnson After Theresa May outlined her exit plan on Wednesday evening, the former foreign secretary told a meeting of the European Research Gro(...)

British environment secretary Michael Gove. He said under no-deal there would be zero tariffs on food exports from the Republic to Northern Ireland, while goods travelling from the North to the South could face high tariffs. Photograph: Andy Rain

Northern Ireland farming leaders have warned that a no-deal Brexit would be “catastrophic” for the industry after the British environment secretary Mi(...)

Richard Tice and Tim Martin address the crowd from the bus at Towcester. Photograph: Patrick Freyne

In the carpark of a garden centre in Towcester around 200 people are gathering around a big white bus bearing the legend “Stop the Brexit Betrayal”. T(...)

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