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The New Decade, New Approach agreement was negotiated by then tánaiste Simon Coveney and then secretary of state for Northern Ireland Julian Smith in January 2020. Photograph: Getty

Irish language legislation agreed as part of the agreement which restored the Stormont Executive last year should be implemented “without further dela(...)

Before she was made Northern Ireland secretary, Karen Bradley was unaware that nationalists did not vote for unionist parties. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

A senior Tory MP has expressed regret at the “hurt” her words caused while serving as Northern Ireland secretary. Karen Bradley spent 18 months in th(...)

 British prime minister Boris Johnson departs 10 Downing Street following a cabinet meeting in London, Britain, on Tuesday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Downing Street has warned the House of Lords against attempting to block the UK Internal Market Bill, which would break international law by giving Br(...)

Brexit supporters: The UK government will  soon publish plans for preparing Britain’s border operations for changes after the post-Brexit transition period. Photograph: Andrew Testa/New York Times

Britain wants to accelerate the pace of its negotiations with the European Union by changing the format of the talks, a cabinet office minister told M(...)

File image of Julian Smith at Downing Street in September 2019 in London, England. File photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The term of the North’s current Executive and Assembly should be prolonged by a year to give the institutions a better chance to succeed, former secre(...)

Chris Patten: ‘Stopping more people coming in seasonally to pick potatoes  isn’t a very sophisticated way of dealing with labour market problems.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The UK’s plan to close its borders to unskilled workers and non-English speakers is “intended to catch headlines” and “satisfy popular sentiment,” Bri(...)

Acting Tánaiste Simon Coveney said he and new NI Secretary Brandon Lewis had a ‘good’ and ‘cordial’ meeting in Belfast on Friday. File photograph Nick Bradshaw the Irish Times

Commitments on legacy in the North must be implemented in full, the acting Tánaiste has told the new Northern Secretary during their first meeting. (...)

Julian Smith: his sacking is  a strategic error that demonstrates Boris  Johnson’s “dangerous indifference” to Northern Ireland, says SDLP leader Colum Eastwood. Photograph:  Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty

British prime minister Boris Johnson has reshaped his government to concentrate more power in 10 Downing Street after Sajid Javid resigned as chancell(...)

Chancellor of the exchequer Sajid Javid leaves 11 Downing Street. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty

Outgoing chancellor Sajid Javid has warned Boris Johnson not to undermine the credibility of the treasury as the prime minister’s team took effective (...)

Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s consigliere. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Boris Johnson’s reshuffle was billed in advance as a modest affair, and in his Commons office on Thursday morning, he sacked just five ministers. But (...)

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