Counting  under way in Belfast after voters went to the polls in local elections. Photograph:   Rebecca Black/PA

While there are some changes to the political pattern, the dominant picture remains the same as counting continues in the local elections in Northern (...)

Jim Allister: the Traditional Unionist Voice leader could have a chance of sneaking the third seat if he decides to run. Photograph: Getty Images

The outgoing DUP MEP Diane Dodds was formally nominated on Tuesday to contest next month’s European Parliament elections, making her and Sinn Féin’s o(...)

 Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster said: ‘Mrs May will now be able to demonstrate to the Brussels’ negotiators that changes are required if any deal is to command the support of parliament’ Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/ EPA

The DUP leader Arlene Foster called on British prime minister Theresa May to now to go back to Brussels and compel the European Union to make “fundame(...)

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Rome after a meeting with Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday. Photograph:  Riccardo Antimiani/ANSA via AP

Hints that the ground may be shifting, albeit incrementally, in the Brexit negotiations were given by EU negotiators on Monday when a key European Com(...)

Sinn Féin’s northern leader Michelle O’Neill called for a special London-Brussels meeting to solely deal with the concerns of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The British government was treating Northern Ireland with contempt in relation to its guidance on the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, Sinn Féin’s Nor(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster.  Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

Unionist and nationalist politicians in Northern Ireland offered polarised responses to the European Union’s draft proposal for a post-Brexit “common (...)

David Davis:  The sparring between Mr Davis and Michel Barnier reminds Belfast-based lawyer Brett Lockhart  of two bar-library QCs engaging in negotiation well in advance of a complicated trial. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Belfast-based corporate lawyer Brett Lockhart says the recent sparring between David Davis and Michel Barnier reminds him of two bar-library QCs engag(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary-Lou McDonald said the  people spoke when they voted to remain within the European Union. Photograph: Getty Images

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary-Lou McDonald has welcomed EU leaders “recognising the provision for the route to Irish unity in the Good Friday Agreement(...)

Newly elected Ulster Unionist Party leader Robin Swann speaks during the party’s annual general meeting at the Crowne Plaza in Belfast. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

Newly installed UUP leader Robin Swann has told delegates at its Spring conference a single unionist party would “stifle debate” and “limit choice” in(...)

Michelle O’Neill: The new Sinn Féin leader at Stormont called it “regrettable” that the DUP is standing against those in Northern Ireland who voted to remain. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Unionist parties have dismissed as “hot air” and “nonsense” a Sinn Féin proposal that Northern Ireland should have special status within the European(...)

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