DUP leader Arlene Foster and British prime minister Theresa May: “The biggest problem with the DUP’s insistence that Northern Ireland must not have special status is that it already does.” Photograph: Charles McQuillan/PA Wire

Clio, the muse of history, has a wicked sense of humour. You can hear her cackling to herself these last few days: “What can I do to make the Brexit f(...)

 Supporters stand in a river bed  to listen to Labour Jeremy Corbyn at an election rally  in Hebden Bridge on Monday. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Jeremy Corbyn will on Tuesday claim that the Conservatives are still the “nasty party”, despite Theresa May’s promise to improve workers’ rights if sh(...)

British annual inflation jumped in February to the highest level in almost three and a half years, driven by increasing fuel costs. Photograph:  Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Is Britain sleepwalking into another living standards crisis? That’s certainly the fear of the unions as official data showed inflation surging to its(...)

The median pay for a chief executive in a FTSE100 company was almost £4 million (€4.7 million) in 2015, or £1,000 (€1,176) an hour.

Top bosses in Britain will already have made more money by today than the typical worker will earn all year, new figures reveal. Today has been dubbe(...)

A file image from 2005 showing a fortified police station in the Border village of Crossmaglen in  Northern Ireland. ‘Given that the Border could not be secured with army watchtowers during the Troubles, it is not at all clear how a new policing operation will work.’ Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

The rather patronising English joke used to be that whenever the Irish question was about to be solved, the Irish would change the question. And now, (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny (centre) during a tour of an Irish recruitment agency in Belfast earlier this month.  Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty Images

If there was any doubt there was an Irish dimension to the Brexit referendum, it was dispelled during the final high-profile BBC TV debate in Wembley (...)

A few of the younger Ministers have motivation and Simon Coveney has been very visible. But there are reports of fatigue and poor relations. When does the process to succeed Enda Kenny begin? Photograph: Eric Luke

Well, there is going to be a stay of execution for 12 months. And then it is going to descend into a messy crisis again. I wish I was talking about(...)

Boris Johnson, Gisela Stuart, David Dimbleby and  Andrea Leadsom during the BBC’s  Great Debate  on the EU Referendum. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The two sides in Britain’s EU referendum have clashed on the consequences of leaving the EU for immigration and the economy, as tightening polls sugg(...)

Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a Remain event at the headquarters of the Trades Union Congress in London yesterday.  Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused leading Leave campaigners of showing “faux concern” for the National Health Service (NHS) and telling outrig(...)

 Mike Ashley: there have been revelations  about onerous working conditions at Sports Direct’s huge warehouse in Derbyshire and the company’s widespread use of zero-hours contracts. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Billionaire Mike Ashley is not one to back away from a fight, but will he be brave – or bolshy – enough to take on the British parliament? The combat(...)

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