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Back in 2016, British prime minister Theresa May  with then foreign secretary Boris Johnson and then secretary of state for exiting the European Union David Davis (left): Chris Patten in a foreword to Cook’s book describes Davis as “breezy, open, amiable, lazy and incompetent”. Photograph:  Peter Nicholls

The word of the moment in England seems to be “spaff” or its variants, “spaffed” and “spaffing”. The Oxford English Dictionary, even in its regularly (...)

Conservative Party leadership contender Boris Johnson. ‘Wilful ignorance about the Border suffuses Johnson’s outlook.’ Photograph: Andrew Matthews/Reuters

Whatever about Boris Johnson’s private domestic affairs and rows, we should be more concerned about his private comments on Brexit, the Border and Don(...)

 Boris Johnson speaking during the BBC TV debate at BBC Broadcasting House in London featuring the contestants for the leadership of the Conservative Party. Photograph:  Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

The BBC’s Conservative leadership debate was chaotic, ill-tempered and noisy, with the characteristic weaknesses of the remaining five candidates on f(...)

Investigative journalists Barry McCaffrey (left) and Trevor Birney  outside Belfast High Court where a judge has order the police to return documents seized from them by police. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland’s top judge has delivered a stinging rebuke to the Police Service of Northern Ireland for raiding the homes and offices of two journa(...)

EU negotiators initially welcomed Dominic Raab as a smarter and more focused interlocutor than his predecessor David Davis. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

For a politician who likes to describe himself as a “details man”, Dominic Raab’s account of the details of his negotiations with the European Union i(...)

Journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey pictured with David Davis MP outside Belfast High Court on Tuesday, ahead of their case challenging the seizure of material relating to their investigations into the 1994 Loughinisland massacre. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Raids on the homes and offices of two Belfast journalists were an “outrage” more akin to a police state than a liberal democracy, the high court in Be(...)

The Third Policeman: the secret key to another long-running drama in which everyone is lost and everything begins to look a lot like hell: Brexit.

In 2005, viewers around the world were sucked into a meandering TV drama called Lost, in which it was never quite clear what was going on. Then the w(...)

British secretary of state for foreign affairs Jeremy Hunt: one of at least 10 MPs considering a prime ministerial bid. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

At least 10 cabinet ministers are considering putting themselves forward to take over from Theresa May as British prime minister after she promis(...)

 Former  foreign secretary Boris Johnson: he is not as popular in Westminster as he is with party members

Boris Johnson After Theresa May outlined her exit plan on Wednesday evening, the former foreign secretary told a meeting of the European Research Gro(...)

Prime Minister Theresa May making her statement on Brexit to the House of Commons. Photograph:  PA

MPs at Westminster have voted to take control of Brexit away from Theresa May’s government by staging a series of votes on Wednesday on alternatives i(...)

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