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(...)

Dominic Grieve told an audience in Dublin that the chances of a border poll on Irish unification ‘go up’ if Britain leaves the EU without a deal in October. Photograph: Simon Carswell

A “crash-out Brexit” would make a political crisis over the future status of Northern Ireland “more likely”, the Conservative MP and former UK attorne(...)

Boris Johnson visits a JD Wetherspoon pub as part of his  Conservative Party leadership campaign tour, in London. As the frontrunner he is expected to become prime minister on June 24th. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Pool via Bloomberg

 Theresa May abstained on Tuesday in votes on amendments to a Northern Ireland Bill that would extend same-sex marriage and abortion rights to th(...)

 Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt go head to head on ITV’s debate: “If you don’t get us out of the EU on October 31st, will you resign?” Mr Hunt  asked his rival. Photograph: Matt Frost/ITV

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt clashed over Brexit, Donald Trump and tax policy in a fiery, hour-long Conservative leadership debate on Tuesday night. (...)

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 (...)

Boris Johnson insists he is not bluffing about being prepared to leave the EU without a deal. Photograph: Frank Augstein/Pool via Bloomberg

MPs at Westminster could use a Northern Ireland Bill on Monday to block Boris Johnson from suspending parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit in (...)

Jeremy Hunt (L) and Boris Johnson (R) face off in race to be prime minister. Photograph: Odd Anderson and Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty

Boris Johnson has addressed questions regarding police being called to the home he shares with his girlfriend, in the early hours of Friday morning. (...)

Boris Johnson during the London launch of his campaign to become leader of the Conservative  and prime minister. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Boris Johnson emerged undamaged from his deliberately dull campaign launch on Wednesday, taking just six questions from reporters and dodging the diff(...)

Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said  May was threatening MPs with leaving the EU without a deal. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Labour has called on Theresa May to stop trying to force her Brexit deal through the House of Commons and instead work with other parties to find a co(...)

British prime minister Theresa May: Former Labour minister Yvette Cooper and her allies want to block a no-deal Brexit by postponing the March 29th deadline if Mrs May fails to get a deal through parliament. Photograph: PA Wire

When MPs debate Brexit next Tuesday, they will not have a “meaningful vote” on Theresa May’s deal, which they rejected last week by a margin of 230 vo(...)

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