A laptop in Stormont shows a live feed of DUP leader Arlene Foster giving evidence to the RHI inquiry on the “cash for ash” scandal. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Two years ago, following days of political fever, a tiny group of journalists was called hurriedly to Martin McGuinness’s office in Stormont. There th(...)

After months during which the fronts on both sides of the Commons chamber seemed frozen, some MPs are beginning to shift position. Photograph: UK Parliament/Mark Duffy/PA Wire

After last month’s European Council meeting in Brussels, some EU leaders and senior officials complained that Theresa May was asking them to resolve h(...)

British prime minister Theresa May remains convinced that the DUP’s 10 MPs are the key to unlocking the support of Conservative Brexiteers for her deal. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

The Taoiseach’s confirmation that Britain can expect further written assurances on the Northern Ireland backstop will be welcome in Downing Street, as(...)

Caroline Nokes told the Home Affairs Committee that if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, employers will have to distinguish between EU citizens who arrived before Brexit day and those who came in afterwards.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The man in the next chair looked across at me, splayed almost horizontal, my head tilted backwards and a cotton bud covered in hot, black wax pointing(...)

Arron Banks: denied any wrongdoing in connection to the 2016 Brexit referendum. Photograph: Matthew Chattle/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has launched an investigation into whether claims that Aaron Banks, who bankrolled one of the Brexit campaigns, (...)

 Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley is “actively considering” how and when external facilitation could play a constructive role in efforts to restore political dialogue in the north.   Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Karen Bradley is “actively considering” how and when an external mediator could play a “constructive” role in attempts to re-establish formal powersha(...)

British prime minister Theresa May said an option to extend the post-Brexit transition period beyond December 2020 was one  alternative to the backstop.  Photograph:   PA Wire

Theresa May has called for a UK-wide customs backstop to be made legally binding in the Brexit withdrawal agreement so that it can replace the Norther(...)

Down Royal  Racecourse, Ireland’s current Racecourse of the Year. Photograph: Kevin Boyes/Inpho/Presseye

A crucial meeting will take place on Wednesday between Horse Racing Ireland and the property group that owns Down Royal where it is hoped any uncertai(...)

Both sides: Women protest against abortion (left) and in favour of choice (right) in Belfast. File photographs: Getty Images

New opinion polls have found that the majority of people across the United Kingdom want to see abortion decriminalised in Northern Ireland. Unlike in(...)

Campaigner Gina Miller arrives at the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre in Newry. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Former US senator George Mitchell, who played a central role in the 1998 Belfast Agreement, has appealed to Brexit negotiators not to forsake the hard(...)

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