British prime minister Theresa May is expected to say this week that Britain is prepared to leave both the single market and the EU’s customs union. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Fears that Britain will leave the European Union’s customs union, raising the prospect of tariffs on goods moving across the Border, have intensified (...)

Martin McGuinness and Arlene Foster: The earliest NI secretary James Brokenshire can set a polling date is 43 days from Monday, leaving a six-week election campaign. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

The frailty of Martin McGuinness at Stormont on Monday when he announced his resignation as deputy first minister is in striking contrast to the ener(...)

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt said it should not be assumed that the DUP and Sinn Féin will again emerge as the main parties in the North. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Public anger over the “cash for ash” heating scheme could lead to unexpected results in the Northern Assembly elections which are expected to be calle(...)

 Northern Secretary  James Brokenshire said he was trying to determine if there was a way to avoid   elections. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

A new plan to reduce the cost of the “cash for ash” heat scheme in the North will be fairly assessed, the Sinn Féin Minister for Finance Máirtín Ó Mui(...)

DUP First Minister Arlene Foster remains under fire over ‘cash for ash’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The prospect of new Northern Assembly elections and the collapse of Stormont appeared to draw closer on Thursday night after Sinn Féin dismissed DUP p(...)

A member of the public looks at a mural referencing the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) crisis and Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster in a Belfast city centre car park. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin finance minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir and DUP economy minister Simon Hamilton are to hold a “clear the air” meeting on Thursday afternoon to (...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, who was in Stormont to monitor the no confidence motion in the DUP’s Arlene Foster as First Minister. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin has maintained the pressure on Arlene Foster to step aside as First Minister – pending the outcome of an independent investigation into the(...)

A member of the Stormont security staff looks on the television feed of First Minster Arlene Foster addressing the Assembly  in Stormont. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Arlene Foster has survived a no confidence debate in the Northern Assembly and repeated calls by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness for her to s(...)

First Minister Arlene Foster is under pressure over a a renewable heating incentive scheme that could result in a £400 million overspend over the next 20 years. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

First Minister Arlene Foster is to face up to claims in the Northern Assembly chamber that she was “asleep at the wheel” over a renewable heating ince(...)

Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin in publishing a new discussion document on a united Ireland in Belfast and Dublin on Monday has described as a “myth” the argument that the (...)

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