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Theresa May’s disastrous televised statement on Wednesday was the last straw for many ministers and backbenchers alike. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

The UK’s negotiating position was already weak when Theresa May walked into the council chamber at the Europa building in Brussels on Thursday. But sh(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) with other EU leaders at the European Council summit in Brussels. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Everything revolves around the leaders. The 28 heads of government who comprise the European Union’s highest decision-making body, the European Counci(...)

A pro-Brexit activist stands with his dog as he demonstrates outside the Houses of Parliament in London. File photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Yes, it was last week, but rather like the way you shouldn’t need Valentine’s Day to express love, you also shouldn’t need St Patrick’s Day to point o(...)

The average whiplash award in Ireland is 4.4 times that in the UK. Photograph: iStock

The Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said he does not see a compelling argument for regulating firms that tout for business in personal injuri(...)

People cross from Cucuta in Colombia back to San Antonio del Tachira in Venezuela after buying goods to resell, through an improvised bridge on  an illegal trail on the border between the two countries.  Photograph: Juan Pablo Bayona/AFP/Getty Images

Among the various diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Venezuela, there is one very notable absence – that of an autonomous regional effort to (...)

Brexit Britain (from top left): Kieran Genius, Nicole Elizabeth, Wendy Lumley, Br Adam Lee; (bottom row, from left) Brian and Maureen Gilmartin, James Jefford, Dan Curtis, and Tony Wyatt and Pietro Riccio. Photographs: Ric Mellis

Driving around the UK this week is a strange experience. As the radio shouts about cliff edges and late-night press conferences and troops being put o(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French  president Emmanuel Macron in Brussels at the end of the EU summit focused on Brexit. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

So the great Brexit clash between economics and politics enters its final, decisive phase. This week’s EU Council didn’t so much kick the can down the(...)

While the polls show that Leo Varadkar remains the most popular party leader and Fine Gael is holding its position as the biggest party, both have slipped from the heady heights achieved in the immediate aftermath of his accession. Photograph: Peter Morrison/AP

Fine Gael delegates attending the party’s national conference in Wexford this weekend are acutely aware that they are facing into crucial elections in(...)

Theresa May’s limitations have been cruelly exposed at almost every turn of the Brexit process. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

‘The history of the world is but the biography of great men,” wrote Thomas Carlyle. But the discrediting of the Great Man theory of history – the redu(...)

US senator Chris Murphy: ‘I worry that the only voice that is getting through in the Brexit debate is [Trump’s].’ Photograph: James Forde

There will be “no chance” of a US-UK trade deal being signed off if there is a return of a hard Irish border after Brexit, US senator Chris Murphy has(...)

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