Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab, left, and EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier prepare to shake hands after a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

A Brexit deal must be signed by “November at the latest”, the EU’s chief negotiator has warned. Michel Barnier told a press conference in Brussels t(...)

Gay rights campaigner Justin McAleese aid he had a “huge problem” with the level of leadership in the Catholic Church. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Faith-based objections have no place in the secular same-sex marriage debate in Northern Ireland, the son of former president Mary McAleese said. It (...)

Mary Lou McDonald said on Monday: ‘It is my strong preference that we have sequencing that firstly delivers a level of economic and social certainty, in as much we can be certain, and stability and, from that base, we then continue the conversation about Irish unity.” Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

In an apparent reversal of a position she took on Monday, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald yesterday said there would have to be Border poll if the (...)

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond (second left) meets local MPs and business leaders during his visit to the Magee campus of Ulster University in Derry. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Preventing an “east-west border” between Northern Ireland and Britain is as non-negotiable for the UK in the Brexit talks as avoiding a “North-South” (...)

Ian Paisley had “apologised unreservedly at the outset for his unintentional failure to register the hospitality he received,” a lawyer for the DUP MP said. Photograph: PA

Ian Paisley was under pressure on Wednesday night to resign as an MP after he faced suspension from the House of Commons for failing to disclose two p(...)

British prime minister Theresa May:  says the amendments to the customs Bill make no difference to the Chequers plan because they reflect government policy. Photograph: Matt Cardy/AFP/Getty Images

What’s been going on at Westminster?  Theresa May’s government caved in to hardline Brexiteers in Jacob Rees-Mogg’s European Research Group (ERG(...)

Brexit campaigner Jacob Rees-Mogg: ‘The amendments will put into law the government’s often stated position that Northern Ireland should be treated the same way as the rest of the country.’ Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

Theresa May’s government will publish a White Paper on Thursday outlining in detail the Brexit proposal agreed at Chequers last week, as hardline Brex(...)

Ruptures aplenty: David Davis (left) is no longer Brexit secretary, and Boris Johnson (centre) is no longer foreign secretary, in Theresa May’s cabinet. File photograph: Peter Nicholls/AFP/Getty Images

Around 3pm on Monday afternoon, the foreign ministers of 13 European countries were waiting in the neo-classical splendour of Lancaster House for the (...)

Arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

David Davis’s resignation as Brexit Secretary has been hailed by fellow Eurosceptic Conservatives — and seized upon by opposition MPs as an indictment(...)

It was “beyond doubt” that British intelligence agencies knew that the US was torturing detainees at an early stage in the so-called “war on terror”, the intelligence and security committee said. Photograph: Reuters

British intelligence agencies tolerated torture and paid for the kidnapping of detainees after 9/11, according to a parliamentary committee report whi(...)

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