Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson speaks at a question-and-answer session at the Party annual Conference in Bournemouth Ion Sunday. Photograph: Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images

The Liberal Democrats have voted to cancel Brexit through an act of parliament without a second referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Uni(...)

Priti Patel said  the Irish border issue had moved on from the backstop in terms of discussions with the EU. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire.

Two of Boris Johnson’s senior ministers have talked up the possibility of securing a Brexit deal through some divergence on the rules in Northern Irel(...)

Lucky for some: a calendar marks the date as Friday the 13th in  Madrid’s Stock Exchange. Photograph: EPA

Shares globally were headed for a third weekly gain thanks to easing fears of a trade war and a new round of central bank stimulus. There was positi(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pictured at the Fine Gael pre-Dáil parliamentary party think-in at Garryvoe in east Cork on Friday. Photograph:  Provision

The gap between Britain and the European Union over Brexit remains “very wide,” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on Friday. His comments come as British p(...)

Ursula von der Leyen, the incoming president of the European Commission, said that Mr Barnier had done “an outstanding job. Photograph: Stephanie LeCocq/EPA

Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator and a key architect of a contentious plan to avoid the return to a hard Irish border, is set to stay (...)

Phil Hogan briefs Irish journalists on Brexit at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Ray Ryan.

Phil Hogan’s nomination as the next EU trade commissioner by incoming commission president Ursula von der Leyen marks the culmination of remarkable ca(...)

Incoming European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen  with outgoing president Jean-Claude Juncker prior to a lunch meeting in Brussels. Photograph: Virginia Mayo

The incoming European Commission will be close to gender-balanced for the first time in its history. President-elect Ursula von der Leyen on Monday li(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson: ‘I want a deal. We’re ready to work with our friends and partners to get a deal, but if you want a good deal for the UK, you must simultaneously get ready to come out without one.’ Photograph: Simon Dawson/Pool/EPA

Prime minister Boris Johnson has told Taoiseach Leo Varadkar the Common Travel Area between Britain and Ireland will not be affected by the ending of (...)

Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson: A meeting between the two leaders is not expected until after the next G7 summit. Photographs: Francois Lenoir/Reuters and Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

A planned meeting between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Boris Johnson will give both sides an opportunity to “gain a better unders(...)

 British prime minister Boris Johnson: brutal cabinet purge and appointments signal his determination to get a grip on the machinery of government. Photograph: Simon Dawson

Boris Johnson’s first week as prime minister has shown his strengths as a politician, as he brought vigour and focus to a government that has been lis(...)

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