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MPs convening for the announcement of voting on the ‘Benn Amendment’ calibrated to prevent the next prime minister from suspending parliament to pursue a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: via EPA

Boris Johnson’s prospects of leaving the European Union without a deal on October 31st narrowed on Thursday after MPs voted to prevent him suspending (...)

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, the contenders to succeed Theresa May, have said they want the backstop removed from the withdrawal agreement. The EU has said the withdrawal agreement will not be reopened

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has raised the prospect of the backstop, the insurance policy to avoid a hard border, applying only to Northern Ireland rather (...)

Minister for EU Affairs Helen McEntee: has welcomed the Finnish prioritisation of rule of law in its presidency. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A new package of measures from the European Commission to strengthen EU-wide supervision and enforcement of rule-of-law standards was given its first (...)

Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/File Photo/Reuters

British online fashion retailer ASOS warned on profit for the third time in eight months on Thursday, blaming operational issues as it overhauls its w(...)

Boris Johnson, former UK foreign secretary, gestures during the final Conservative Party leadership hustings held at the ExCel Centre in London . Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Britain might be entering a full-blown recession and a no-deal Brexit could more than double the country’s budget deficit next year, the watchdog for(...)

The research carried out by Fianna Fáil senator Mark Daly identified seven key areas of unionist concern.

Loss of identity and land, nationalist “triumphalism” and renewed violence are among the fears unionists hold about the prospect of a united Ireland, (...)

Theresa May: “Our politics retreated back into its binary pre-referendum positions – a winner-takes-all approach to leaving or remaining.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Theresa May has warned of a coarsening of the political discourse in Britain and around the world, calling on politicians to rediscover the value of c(...)

Human rights activist Sebnem Korur Fin  in front of Istanbul’s courthouse after she was acquitted  along with the Turkey representative for Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and another rights activists on charges of making “terror propaganda” for Kurdish militants. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

An Istanbul court on Wednesday acquitted the Turkey representative for Reporters Without Borders (RSF) as well as two other campaigners for press free(...)

This man was detained at Barcelona’s El Prat airport allegedly carrying 500g of cocaine hidden under a wig. Photograph: Spanish National Police.

Police at Barcelona airport have arrested a Colombian man suspected of trying to smuggle half a kilo of cocaine into Spain concealed under his wig. O(...)

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen, who has been elected European Commission president by 383 votes, with 327 voting against. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Averting the possibility of a major EU inter-institutional rift, MEPs on Tuesday night in Strasbourg confirmed Germany’s defence minister Ursula von d(...)

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