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Britain’s prime minister Theresa May battled against a rebellion over her draft Brexit deal on Thursday, as ministers resigned and members of her own party plotted to oust her. Photograph: AFP

Theresa May has defended the draft withdrawal agreement as the best way to deliver Brexit, telling a press conference in Downing Street that the Europ(...)

UK Prime Minister Theresa May arrives to the annual Lord Mayor’s Banquet at Guildhall in London. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Backstop. Full Stop. We have all heard the cliché: nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. With Brexit, you can do a shorthand version. It goe(...)

Dr Kurt Hubner: Irish unification would provide the “dynamic” that would lead to greater productivity, higher output and increased investment where the Republic could absorb such costs. Above, Hubner at the launch of the report in Belfast. Photograph: Rebecca Black/PA

Over the next seven years the unification of Ireland could benefit the country by €23.5 billion, while a hard Brexit could cost the island €42.5 billi(...)

Rahul Mandal (centre) is crowned champion by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith (right) Photograph: C4/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon/PA

The final of The Great British Bake Off (Channel 4, Tuesday) opens, as usual, with near-erotic footage of pastries and flans. Once again, I do not kno(...)

Chief executive of Enterprise Ireland Julie Sinnamon speaking at a conference in Dublin yesterday, hosted by the State agency, to discuss Irish exporters’ plans for post-Brexit strategies. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Son Photographic

A businessman recognised as Ireland’s Entrepreneur of the Year 12 months ago, has said his company will be laying off workers in Britain as a result o(...)

Anti-brexit protestors wave flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

British prime minister Theresa May has hinted that she realises that she may not be able to rely on the votes of the DUP for her Brexit proposals, Fia(...)

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels on Wedmesday. Photograph:  Yves Herman/Reuters

“We’re not there yet,” the European Commission spokesman warned on Thursday of the continuing Brexit- backstop talks which again extended into a late-(...)

British prime minister Theresa May in action today from the government benches in the House of Commons. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has threatened to vote down the budget at Westminster later this month if Theresa May agrees a Brexit deal that vi(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney addresses the media during a press conference in Germany. Photograph: AP

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said the European Union can be “imaginative” in Brexit talks – but only if London develops further EU departure proposals i(...)

Simon Coveney: expected to stress Ireland’s desire for the closest possible relationship between the EU and the UK. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Progress on the shape of the future relationship between the EU and the UK in the coming weeks is the key to securing agreement on a legally binding b(...)

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