Dominic Cummings has been scathing about the conduct of Brexit negotiations, including the backstop. Photograph: Ho/AFP/Getty

Asked a few weeks ago to name his favourite film scene, Boris Johnson chose “the multiple retribution killings at the end of The Godfather”. Supporter(...)

Boris Johnson:  ‘I say to our friends in Ireland, and in Brussels and around the EU, I am convinced that we can do a deal without checks at the Irish Border, because we refuse under any circumstances to have such checks.’ Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Boris Johnson has begun his premiership with the most sweeping cabinet purge in recent British political history, appointing hardline Brexiteers to mo(...)

Britain’s new prime minister Boris Johnson being clapped into 10 Downing Street by staff in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images

Shortly before 4pm on Wednesday, Boris Johnson marched up to the podium outside 10 Downing Street and promised to “change the record” after three year(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds. Ms Foster said   she looked forward to discussing with Mr Johnson the ‘shared objectives of strengthening the union, delivering Brexit and restoring devolution’. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Unionist politicians congratulated Boris Johnson on his election as leader of the Conservative party and incoming British prime minister, while nation(...)

Former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson. Photograph: Andrew Yates/File Photo/Reuters

With Theresa May facing ever-increasing pressure from her backbenchers to name a date when she will quit Number 10, you can barely move in Westminster(...)

Sinn Féin’s Northern leader Michelle O’Neill and DUP leader Arlene Foster at the Conservative Party conference in late 2017. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

So little hope had been placed in Stormont talks that the publication of their format this week was a startling surprise. The format points to a seri(...)

Sand martin trying to escape netting. Photograph: Twitter

A local British council is set to remove netting on cliffs which was preventing sand martins returning to their nest sites after migrating from Africa(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is pictured with Lithuanian prime minister Saulius Skvernelis during a visit to Hartstown Community School in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

The Taoiseach has insisted that Ireland has been “very flexible and reasonable” in helping the UK to deal with problems “largely of their own creation(...)

Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Britain’s second biggest housebuilder Persimmon, which is under scrutiny from the government for its practices under the “Help to Buy” scheme, on Tues(...)

Britain’s Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay leaves 10 Downing Street in London. Mr Barclay is due to meet Michel Barnier on Monday. File photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, will meet Britain’s Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay on Monday evening to resume talks. Mr Barnier (...)

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