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Health services in the North are at risk of deteriorating to the point of collapse, a report by the Northern Ireland Affairs committee in Westminster has found. File photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Northern Ireland’s health system is at “breaking point”, a Westminster committee chair has said. Services risk deteriorating to the point of collapse(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, England, on Thursday. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Boris Johnson has refused to apologise to the family of murdered MP Jo Cox for suggesting that the best way to honour her memory would be to deliver B(...)

Conservative leadership candidate Boris Johnson  at  Westminster. “No to time limits or unilateral escape hatches or all these elaborate devices, glosses, codicils and so on that you could apply to the backstop.” Photograph: Getty Images

Fears of a no-deal Brexit rose in London and Brussels on Tuesday after both candidates for the Conservative leadership said the Northern backstop must(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney:  Mr Coveney is set to tell Ministers  a no-deal Brexit  is more likely now than at any time to date. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA

Ministers will face “dire” warnings on Tuesday about the realities of a no-deal Brexit when they are expected to discuss the implications for the Bord(...)

DUP MP Sammy Wilson has criticised a warning to unionists over a Border poll. Photograph: Liam McBurney/The Irish Times

The chair of Westminster’s Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has warned unionists that a hard Border after Brexit could lead to a united Ireland and (...)

British prime minister Theresa May said a White Paper to be published next week would set out “detailed proposals for a sustainable and close future relationship” between Britain and the EU. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Theresa May has called on the European Union to show more flexibility in negotiations over Brexit, warning that parliament would reject the withdrawal(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers:  as transport minister met a lobbyist pitching for planning permission for a controversial rail freight yard in Hertfordshire. Photograph: PA Wire

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has been cleared of charges that she broke ministerial disclosure rules by failing to register a meeting w(...)