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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(...)

Australian former minister Andrew Broad resigned on December 17th over allegations that he used a ‘sugar babies’ website to meet a young Irish woman in Hong Kong, China last month. Photograph: EPA

On October 8th, 1993, British prime minister John Major delivered a speech on morality to the Conservative Party conference. He said it was “time to g(...)

Margaret Thatcher published her memoirs in 1993, whereas Haughey (pictured with the former British prime minister in May 1980) never wrote his. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

That the official records from the Department of the Taoiseach and of Foreign Affairs for 1988 are becoming available only now after 30 years leaves t(...)

Honours were awarded to Labour’s Alan Campbell, leading Brexiteer John Redwood and former Tory minister Gary Streeter.

Campaigners for a second EU referendum have accused Theresa May of weakness after one of Parliament’s most prominent Brexiteers was made a knight in t(...)

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