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Theresa May called a snap election in April as she faced Brexit negotiations. File photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Theresa May will reshuffle some cabinet posts on Saturday after she announced she would form a minority government with the support of the Democratic (...)

The idea that getting out of bed early is a badge of moral virtue is hardly new. The Puritans were early risers and Napoleon bragged that he could get(...)

Fine Gael leadership candidate Leo Varadkar at a 5k run in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The contest for the leadership of the biggest political party in the State, and ultimately the taoiseach’s office, will not be marked by policy gulfs (...)

Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron: “There was nothing on the ballot paper that said that people and families from Europe who have made this country their home would be left in limbo, not knowing if they can stay in the country they raise their kids in. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

The Liberal Democrats have promised to hold a second referendum on Brexit at the end of the forthcoming negotiations, which would include the option o(...)

Chancellor Philip Hammond with British prime minister Theresa May at a press conference in Canary Wharf, London on Wednesday.  May refused to confirm that Hammond would remain as chancellor after the election. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Theresa May and her chancellor Philip Hammond came to Canary Wharf on Wednesday morning to give Jeremy Corbyn his daily kicking. But nobody was intere(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May delivers a speech to Conservative Party members, in Bolton, England. Photograph: Andrew Yates - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Theresa May kicked off seven weeks of campaigning on Wednesday with a promise of strong and stable leadership after MPs overwhelmingly backed her call(...)

Former British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne: “I will go on fighting for that Britain I love from the editor’s chair of a great newspaper. It’s still too early to be writing my memoirs.” Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

George Osborne, the former British chancellor, has said he is stepping down as an MP “for now” following his decision to take a job as editor of the E(...)

British prime minister Theresa May:  The opposition has accused her of breaking her word on everything from Brexit to calling an early election. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images

For much of Wednesday’s debate in the House of Commons to authorise an early general election, MPs had their heads down, peering into their phones. I(...)

Since June 2014 the UK has received an interest payment of around £42 million (€50.2m) every six months from Ireland

Ireland has now paid £358 million (€428 million) in interest to the UK on a crisis loan it gave to the State in 2010. A total of £3.2 billion was len(...)

In a survey of more than 700 Conservative Party members, two in three were sanguine about the end of the UK union. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Is Britain’s governing party still conservative and unionist? That last word was originally a reference not to the union with Northern Ireland, but wi(...)

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