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Chris Patten, Lord Patten of Barnes, being interviewed by  Harry McGee at NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Standing under the tower clock in the chilly quadrangle of National University of Ireland, Galway, Chris Patten is being buffeted by two storms. The f(...)

An actor playing the part of Theresa May leads a pantomime unicorn. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Febrile doesn’t begin to describe it. The two dominant political parties are beginning to rupture, Brexit is just over a month away and the economy sh(...)

Britain’s attorney general Geoffrey Cox leaving Downing Street after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. He is expected to return to Brussels to meet EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

Theresa May will meet European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Wednesday as Britain prepares to outline the legally-binding ch(...)

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said  it now appeared “inevitable” the Government would have to apply for an extension to the Article 50 withdrawal process. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Britain’s shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer has said Labour must keep open the option of a second EU referendum. Following the defeat of prime min(...)

“Border Roads – 1990-1994”. Photograph: Tony O’Shea

The Border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland has been the issue that has bedevilled the Brexit negotiations, one that has overshado(...)

British prime minister Theresa May leaves after attending a church service near her Maidenhead constituency. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

British prime minister Theresa May warned lawmakers on Sunday that failing to deliver Brexit would be catastrophic for democracy, in a plea for suppo(...)

  Houses of Parliament, London: The Commons is divided into a large number of factions from hardcore Brexiters who want a no deal exit to hardcore remainers. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

As the clock ticks down towards Brexit day in March and with political chaos still reigning in London, politicians in Dublin are becoming understandab(...)

The euro is now the currency of 340 million people in 19 countries and internationally meets the key criteria of wide acceptability as a means of exchange and as a store of value. Photograph: iStock

Sometimes European politics has found a way to take a step forward. At a summit of European Union leaders in the Dutch town of Maastricht in December (...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams being applauded by delegates   after addressing the opening session of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation at Dublin Castle in 1991. Photograph: Frank Miller

A decision by president Mary Robinson to meet Gerry Adams during a visit to west Belfast in 1993 was vehemently opposed by then Northern Ireland secre(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams is applauded by delegates including taoiseach Albert Reynolds after addressing the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation in Dublin Castle in October 1994. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Newly-declassified documents have shed new light on Britain’s failed attempts to stop the Clinton administration issuing a visa to allow Sinn Féin lea(...)

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