Eamon Devlin of Dev-Oil on Concession Road. Photograph: Alan Betson

The N53 Castleblayney to Dundalk road slices through the southern tip of Co Armagh. Travelling from Monaghan, the road enters Northern Ireland where (...)

Stanley Johnson: “If the Irish want to shoot each other they will shoot each other whether there’s a hard  border or whether there’s a soft border.” Photograph: Ian West/PA

If only because of his own family history, Stanley Johnson should have known better than that blithe dismissal of concerns about the post-Brexit Borde(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster: “I fully appreciate the risks of a ‘no deal’ but the dangers of a bad deal are worse.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Arlene Foster is playing the Orange card as the Brexit negotiations may or may not be reaching endgame, amplifying the threat posed by the frequently (...)

Leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party Arlene Foster has warned she will vote against any deal she believes undermines the union. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster regards a no-deal Brexit as the “likeliest outcome”, according to a leaked email seen by the Observ(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron are among several European leaders who do not have children. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

Theresa May (British prime minister), Emmanuel Macron (president of France) and Angela Merkel (chancellor of Germany). World leaders, and child-free. (...)

Boris Johnson speaking at the Conservative Party annual conference at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Former British foreign minister Boris Johnson made what was seen as a blatant pitch to replace UK prime minister Theresa May as Conservative leader on(...)

By the time you read this, unless I’ve had another wobble, I’ll be up a mountain. Photograph: Getty Images

I once did a questionnaire that tests your personality with the aim of assessing whether your leadership style is more Margaret Thatcher or Kim Jong-u(...)

Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX, hasn’t been having a great few weeks. There was the bizarre – and totally unfounded – tweet callin(...)

Former UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson accused the EU of  ‘manipulating the issue of the  Border’. Photograph: Ben Stansall/Getty Images

Theresa May’s proposal for Brexit has come under renewed attack from both wings of her Conservative party, as Downing Street sharply rebuked Boris Joh(...)

Leading Tory Eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg. File photograph: Victoria Jones/PA

A Conservative Party investigation into allegedly Islamophobic comments by Boris Johnson has been denounced as a “show trial” by Jacob Rees-Mogg. Wri(...)

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