Brexit tussle: Michel Barnier won this week’s war of words with Boris Johnson. Photograph: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

If Brexit were a war of words, or bon mots, the European Union’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, would have won this week’s battle with his put-down(...)

 British prime minister Theresa  May is trapped in a powerless premiership, depending on her own MPs and the DUP for survival. Photograph:  EPA/Andy Rain

Theresa May marked the first anniversary of her premiership on Thursday with an interview reflecting on how it had all gone wrong and revealing that s(...)

EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier hopes the “political analysis” next week will make progress  on defining the elements of the Common Travel Area. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has called on the UK to get its act together and to set out its detailed position on issues ahead of(...)

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson speaks in the House of Commons, London, England. Photograph: PA Wire

Boris Johnson has accused the EU of extortion over its demands for a large divorce payment from the UK as it leaves the bloc, saying the remaining 27 (...)

British prime minister Theresa May and Boris Johnson: former leadership contender believed to back “the idea of public-sector workers getting a better deal”. Photograph: Leon Neal/PA

Theresa May’s government appeared in disarray over public service pay on Monday night, with ministers calling for a cap on pay increases to be lifted (...)

British prime minister Theresa May: few think she can get the necessary Brexit legislation through parliament. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The British government is retreating fast from its previously-declared Brexit negotiating position. The capitulation is so extensive I am surprised th(...)

British prime minister Theresa May on Wednesday faces her first parliamentary challenge since a disastrous election, in a vote on whether to maintain unpopular austerity measures. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

For opponents of a hard Brexit, hooked on hope and schadenfreude as they watch the chaos inside Theresa May’s government, this has been an uplifting w(...)

The UN secretary-general’s special adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide (centre), arrives on Wednesday  with the UN delegation at the begining of a new round of talks on the reunification of Cyprus,  in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

The leaders of Cyprus’s estranged Greek and Turkish communities have embarked on a defining attempt to reunify the Mediterranean island more than four(...)

British prime minister Theresa May: one scandal or misjudgment from oblivion. Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Nothing saves time like taking people at their word. Politics trains you for the opposite: to look for misdirection and hidden motives. When Britain’s(...)

Conservative contenders: David Davis, Boris Johnson, Philip Hammond and Amber Rudd flank the British prime minister, Theresa May. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/AFP/Getty

There is some dispute as to who first described the male libido as like being chained to a madman. Certainly, Kingsley Amis described the eventual los(...)