The prime minster said she would not ‘hide from the challenge’ when asked about the foreign secretary Boris Johnson. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Theresa May has suggested she is prepared to demote Boris Johnson in a signal of strength after Downing Street successfully deflected an attempted cou(...)

Fianna Fáil social protection spokesman Willie O’Dea  feels his demand for a €5 rise in the State pension and disability and carers allowance will not be fully met.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil social protection spokesman Willie O’Dea has intervened in budget negotiations to demand social welfare increases. The Sunday Independent (...)

A general view shows the Grenfell Tower, which was destroyed in a  fire in which at least 80 people died.  Photograph: Reuters

Britain’s shadow chancellorJohn McDonnell has said people responsible for “social murder” at Grenfell Tower should be held to account. Mr McDonnell i(...)

Britain’s secretary of state for the environment Michael Gove. Photograph: Reuters

British environment secretary Michael Gove has denied the Tories’ controversial £1 billion deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to prop up th(...)

British prime minister Theresa May, meets  DUP leader Arlene Foster, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds and MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson outside 10 Downing Street  ahead of talks. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has agreed to support Theresa May’s minority government through a confidence and supply deal worth more than £1bn (...)

David Davis (left) and Michel Barnier at the start of talks this morning. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

A year after the UK voted to leave the EU, the UK’s Brexit secretary David Davis arrived in Brussels formally to launch the negotiations on Monday. M(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  he is due to meet British prime minister Theresa May in London on Monday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will meet British prime minister Theresa May in London this afternoon and tell her Brexit must not adversely affect the “rights(...)

Britain’s chancellor Philip Hammond said a worse deal than no Brexit deal was one ‘structured to suck the lifeblood out of our economy’. Photograph: PA

British chancellor Philip Hammond said he would not agree to a deal that would “destroy” Britain. Speaking in advance of the start of what are expec(...)

BBC presenter Andrew Marr interviewing Theresa May on Sunday. Voters go the polls on June 8th. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC

Theresa May has signalled that she will ditch Conservative pledges not to raise income tax, national insurance or VAT, as well as the triple-lock form(...)

British prime minister Theresa May said  ‘nothing is agreed until everything is agreed’ on Brexit. Photograph: PA

British prime minister Theresa May has played down the significance of tough language in the European Union’s negotiating guidelines, insisting there (...)

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