(From left) First minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, minister for the cabinet office David Lidington and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a press conference a British Irish Council  summit meeting in Manchester. Photograph: PA

The new British prime minster will get a “fair hearing” from the European Union but the current Brexit deal and the backstop, the insurance policy to (...)

 BBC handout photo of (left to right)  host Emily Maitlis, Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Sajid Javid and Rory Stewart ahead of te BBC TV debate at BBC Broadcasting House in London.  Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

Former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has been eliminated from the Conservative leadership contest just hours before the contenders battle it out in a (...)

Britain’s international development secretary Rory Stewart leaving Downing Street on Tuesday. He denied ever having worked for the MI6 intelligence agency. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Rory Stewart has been rounded on by his fellow Conservative leadership candidates as they fear he has the momentum to take on Boris Johnson, while his(...)

Boris Johnson on Monday. The frontrunner already has enough support among MPs to ensure his is one of the two names to go before the party membership in the final ballot. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Ahead of Tuesday’s second round of voting by MPs in the Conservative leadership contest, five of the six remaining candidates faced a grilling from We(...)

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(...)

Members of the public tend to the injured following the detonation of a bomb on Talbot Street in Dublin in May 1974. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

The British government has been asked for a “concrete response” concerning information it might have relating to the Dublin-Monaghan bombings. Minist(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: ‘Everybody has to be willing to compromise. The problem is that some of the UK side don’t seem to be willing to do that.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

British politicians should not imagine that a change of prime minister will resolve the Brexit deadlock, Simon Coveney warned in Brussels on Monday. (...)

London Letter

 Talks between the British government and the Labour Party have fallen into a familiar pattern, with each meeting followed by a moderately optimi(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Britain’s minister for the cabinet office David Lidington, and  secretary of state for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley during a press conference in London at the signing of the Common Travel Area deal. Photograph: Reuters/Henry Nicholls

The British and Irish governments have signed an agreement that formally outlines the provisions of the Common Travel Area (CTA) for the first time an(...)

Simon Coveney and David Lidington will sign the agreement in London on Wednesday ahead of a meeting of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Council. Photograph: Julien Behal

The British and Irish governments will on Wednesday sign a deal to guarantee that rights offered by the Common Travel Area (CTA) will continue after t(...)

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