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Locked gates are seen at Stormont in Belfast.   Stormont civil servants  have been working under a cloud of uncertainty over the extent of their decision making powers in the absence of elected ministers for two years. Photograph: PA

The Supreme Court has decided that legal uncertainties around the powers of Northern Ireland civil servants amid the Stormont impasse should be dealt (...)

Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has ruled out a second referendum but Lord John Kerr’s report says it is possible. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga

MPs will be able to legislate for a second referendum on Brexit even if Theresa May’s government opposes it, according to a new report by John Kerr, t(...)

Abortion rights campaigner Sarah Ewart  outside the Supreme Court in London. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

A Belfast woman who travelled to Britain for an abortion is to take a case to the High Court in her home city after campaigners lost a UK supreme cour(...)

Anti-abortion demonstrators protest outside the supreme court in London before it ruled  on an appeal against Northern Ireland’s abortion laws. Photograph: Ben Stanstall/AFP/Getty Images

The opinion of a majority on the UK supreme court that Northern Ireland’s ban on abortion, even in cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality,(...)

Boris Johnson and Ukip’s Douglas Carswell on the campaign trail ahead of the Brexit referendum. ‘A crude question divides a nation, driven by emotions not on the ballot paper, paralysing politics for years to come.’ File photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Confirmation bias is everywhere. You are what you read – and you read stories that confirm who you think you are. So Guardian types find their eyes, d(...)

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is ready to officially start the process to leave the bloc by triggering Article 50 on March 29th. (Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg)

One of the biggest events in Britain’s postwar history is at hand, as Theresa May notifies the EU of the UK’s plans to withdraw. Both the British go(...)

Loyalist protesters carrying Union flags clashing with police outside the City Hall in Belfast in 2012. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

A Belfast resident has won a case at the UK’s highest court over the failure of Northern Ireland police to prevent union flag protests. Five Suprem(...)

Gina Miller leaves the supreme court in London after the first day of the challenge against a ruling that Theresa May’s government requires parliamentary approval to start the process of leaving the EU. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

British government lawyers faced tough questioning at the supreme court on Monday as they argued that prime minister Theresa May can start the process(...)