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Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher and former leader Edward Heath at a campaign meeting in 1975 to keep Britain in the Common Market. Photograph: Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

It’s time to talk about England and consider what has happened to the English political centre. The political creature that Leo Varadkar is negotiatin(...)

Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis strides the aisle of the company’s new discount store Jack’s in Chatteris, near Cambridge. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Image of the week: Jack’s Union Jacks Every drop of fresh milk in Tesco-owned Jack’s is British, got that, British? Union Jacks adorn the aisles of t(...)

The European Union should make Britain an offer over Brexit to put an end to the ‘paralysis’ of the UK government, Tony Blair has said. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire.

The European Union should make Britain an offer over Brexit to put an end to the “paralysis” of the UK government, Tony Blair has said. The former La(...)

Sir Ivan Rogers, the former chief Brussels adviser to David Cameron and Theresa May, has warned against a ‘no-deal Brexit’. File photograph: EPA

Britain is potentially facing the worst domestic political turmoil since the Second World War over Brexit and a severe political crisis with the EU, t(...)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s left social democracy is so popular that the Conservatives have all but given up on opposing it. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

With MPs enjoying their recess until early September, the parliamentary estate at Westminster is almost deserted save for teams of construction worker(...)

‘He was the Irish conflict’s equivalent to Martin Luther King,’ says Bill Clinton

There is only one moment in Maurice Fitzpatrick’s involving documentary on John Hume’s tireless efforts for peace in Northern Ireland when the Social (...)

 DUP leader Arlene Foster said her party was ‘committed to securing a Brexit deal that provides a seamless, frictionless border with the Republic of Ireland’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

DUP leader Arlene Foster has urged the UK’s Brexit negotiators to show “more mettle” and face down those who prophesise disaster for Northern Ireland (...)

I’ve been flirting with a full-blown existential crisis of late and a leaflet advertising a lovely community bus and meal service for older folk in my(...)

US president Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in 2017. Photograph: Jorge Silva/File Photo/Reuters

I had dinner with Vladimir Putin once. He made me lose my appetite. The then-fledgling president of Russia was polite and smiling at first with me an(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: positively and expansively infers the meeting can help London and Dublin work together to restore devolution. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

At last, the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference is to be convened. Simon Coveney, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, announced it will meet in(...)

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