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Arlene Foster: in her persistence in her denial of a deal with Sinn Féin she has all the gravitas of an angry rabbit in the headlights

Whoever briefed against Arlene Foster this week has a mischievous sense of timing. The DUP leader was meeting Michael Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit n(...)

Britain’s finance minister Philip Hammond: Deal on financial services is “very much in our mutual interest”. Photography: Stefan Rousseau/Pool

The British government has played down the significance of the European Union’s latest draft negotiating guidelines, which reject Theresa May’s propos(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster   with the EU’s  chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

The current EU draft Withdrawal Agreement is completely unacceptable, the DUP told the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier on Tuesday. Party leader(...)

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds with party leader Arlene Foster,  outside the Palace of Westminster in London earlier this week. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

It is “highly unlikely” that the Northern Executive and Assembly will be restored soon, the DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has stated. Mr Dodds said o(...)

Mary Lou McDonald:  said she feared Northern Ireland was entering a period of “drift” and “entrenchment”. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Sinn Féin accepted it could not persuade the DUP to sign up to same-sex marriage in the North, and last week’s draft agreement between the two parties(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster with deputy leader Nigel Dodds: Republicans who imagine Ms Foster pitted against Mr Dodds are like unionists who hoped for rows between Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

On Tuesday, as the DUP began retreating from a Stormont deal, it was forced to deny a split between its MPs and assembly members. “There is no p(...)

UK Brexit secretary David Davis says “there is a fundamental contradiction in the approach the commission is taking”. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

The British government has reacted sharply to Michel Barnier’s warning that a transition deal is not a given and his claim that the British negotiatin(...)

Britain’s Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley  said she firmly believed “an agreement in the coming days, while not certain, is achievable. That remains my focus”. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

A deal to restore the devolved institutions at Stormont is achievable within days, Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley told MPs on Wednesday. Bu(...)

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood: “We are likely to see a very soft Brexit.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Progress on the Brexit deal was given a qualified welcome by parties in Northern Ireland on Friday. The DUP, whose intervention led to the collapse o(...)

Nigel Dodds, DUP deputy leader:  “The Irish Republic would suffer far worse economically from no trade deal than the United Kingdom. ” Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The DUP has accused the Taoiseach of playing a “dangerous game” with the Republic of Ireland’s economy. On Wednesday DUP deputy leader and Westminste(...)

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