Sterling doesn’t have the comfort of the dollar’s reserve status. Nor the resilience of the US economy. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sterling staged a minor rally this week, driven by speculation about a Corbyn-led government of national unity (GNU). That’s one sentence I never thou(...)

Ready to serve: Kenneth Clarke. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/File Photo/Reuters

Veteran Tory and Labour MPs have both said they would be willing to lead an emergency government to halt a no-deal Brexit, the leader of the Liberal D(...)

A protest movement that began 10 weeks ago amid anger over a controversial extradition law has evolved into a wider movement for democratic reform whose demands include universal suffrage, an independent inquiry into the handling of the crisis and the resignation of Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times

The standoff between protesters and the authorities is escalating in Hong Kong, and so too is the risk of an intervention by the Chinese security forc(...)

 Members of the medical profession gather to protest against Hong Kong police brutality at Queen Elizabeth Hospital on August 13, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images) BESTPIX

A long hot summer, escalating violent street protests, meddling from mainland China and rumours of imminent invasion from the north. The events in Hon(...)

Con Rooney pictured at the Divis Tower, part of the Belfast estate where  the Divis Flats stood. His brother  Patrick was shot dead in their home in the flats on August 14th 1969 aged 9. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

Eight-year-old Con Rooney was terrified. “You could see the flames and hear the crackling and the sky was lit up orange, and you think it’s the end of(...)

There was ‘a failure to appreciate how divisive and destabilising’ Brexit would be for Northern Ireland, said  Prof Mary Murphy, of the Department of Government and Politics at UCC. File image: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The UK’s decision to hold a referendum on Brexit with little thought to the consequences for Northern Ireland and Anglo-Irish relations follows a patt(...)

 British prime minister Boris Johnson: By the time of the Brexit referendum in 2016, the Anglosphere had established itself in right-wing mythology as the promised land. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

If the success of a political idea turns on its power to instil hope or optimism in its adherents, then, in its early years, Brexit was a colossal fai(...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: playing with fire on sterling. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AFP/Getty Images

“People who bet against Britain,” Boris Johnson said after becoming prime minister, “will lose their shirts.” Markets think otherwise, as evidenced (...)

Boris Johnson: he  seems to think his treasury is home to a secret multibillion stash of used fivers. Photograph: EPA

Britain is budgeting for Brexit: £2.1 billion (€2.3bn) being the latest announcement of cash devoted to no-deal planning. It’s not clear how much of t(...)

 Benjamin Disraeli: strong views. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

‘Nominative determinism” may or may not be a real factor in the careers people choose (or have chosen for them). But either way, it makes for an enter(...)

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