Boris Johnson is expected to win the Conservative Party leadership on Tuesday and take over from Theresa May as prime minister on Wednesday. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has warned the next UK prime minister that major changes to the backstop are “just not going to happen”. Speaking on Sunday, M(...)

Boris Johnson speaks during a Conservative Leadership televised debate hosted by  Emily Maitlis for the BBC. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC via Getty Images

Nobody trusts politicians; least of all politicians. In Our Next Prime Minister (BBC One, Tuesday, 8pm), a quick, jagged hour of polite posturing and (...)

British health secretary Matt Hancock, who has withdrawn from the Conservative Party leadership race. Photograph: Matt Hancock/PA Wire

Boris Johnson has called for the withdrawal agreement to be “disaggregated” so that parts of it can be implemented but the Northern Ireland backstop w(...)

Britain’s former secretary of state for defence Gavin Williamson: has denied that he was behind the leak, claiming that a police investigation would exonerate him. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Theresa May has rejected opposition calls to refer former defence secretary Gavin Williamson’s alleged leak from the National Security Council (NSC) t(...)

Boris Johnson brings tea to journalists outside his home in Oxfordshire on Sunday. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Britain’s largest Islamic organisation will write to British prime minister Theresa May on Monday demanding that Boris Johnson be subject to a full di(...)

Boris Johnson said Muslim women in face-covering veils looked like letterboxes and bank robbers. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson is to a face a disciplinary investigation following a string of complaints that his comments about (...)

French far-right Front National (FN) party’s Member of Parliament Marine Le Pen speaks to  the press after French president Emmanuel Macron gave a speech during a special congress gathering both houses of parliament (National Assembly and Senate) in the palace of Versailles, outside Paris, on July 3rd, 2017. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Populism has been on the rise in the West for more than four decades. But the earth-shattering events of the past year, the Brexit referendu(...)

 Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster and her deputy,  Nigel Dodds,  on the steps of 10 Downing Street earlier this week. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Talks between the Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party on formring a minority government are to continue in London today, a DUP spokes(...)

Who’s in charge after the UK general election?: it’s not Theresa May, and it’s not anybody else either. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

So there’s only one queen in England after all. The coronation of Queen Theresa is much more likely to be a decapitation. And the remarkable result o(...)

Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon: Most Scots favour staying in the EU. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned a British exit from the European Union could lead to another Scottish independence referendum. In (...)

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