European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen addresses a media conference after she announced that a Brexit deal had been reached. Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP

Exhausted negotiators sealed a deal on future relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom after all-night talks into Christmas Eve end(...)

A member of the British delegation loads a soup cauldron into a van outside the UK mission to the EU in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph:  Virginia Mayo/AP Photo

After gloomy briefings from both sides on Tuesday about the prospects of a post-Brexit deal by Christmas, Wednesday morning saw a dramatic upswing in(...)

Lorries queue on the A20 to enter the port of Dover in Kent on Saturday. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

Talks on a post-Brexit trade deal are set to continue into the weekend, with both sides warning that the chances of agreement remain in the balance. (...)

A UK government advertisement tells businesses what they already know: that ‘time is running out’ to prepare for Brexit. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP

Image of the week: Time up “Time is running out,” announces the UK government’s Brexit information campaign on a Westminster bus stop, where there’s (...)

Arlene Foster’s ‘blood red line’ has been ‘washed away’, veteran unionist Reg Empey accuses. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The DUP is under the cosh over the EU-UK government deal designed to bring some clarity to how the Irish Sea border will work – a proposal anathema to(...)

Friends and colleagues Melisha Squire and Lesley Blues in the centre of Edinburgh stop for a chilly lunch break in the centre of Edinburgh. Photograph: Freya McClements

There was, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote last week, “no single sentence that has made me happier to utter in nine long months than t(...)

Lord Ken Maginnis said he had been a victim of a campaign against him by the LGBT rights group Stonewall. File photograph: PA

The British House of Lords has voted to suspend Lord (Ken) Maginnis for at least 18 months over allegations of bullying, harassment and homophobia. T(...)

‘People who don’t know us ... think we are a sectarian organisation and we hate everybody, we hate Catholics.’ Photograph: Sion Touhig/Getty

Jim McHarg has always been struck by the similarity between Scotland and Northern Ireland. “It’s the same kind of idea of small towns and villages, an(...)

Boris Johnson’s decision to press ahead with restoring treaty-breaking clauses to the Internal Market Bill on Monday is a provocation that some feared could capsize the talks. Photograph: Getty Images

As talks between David Frost and Michel Barnier resumed in Brussels on Sunday, the mood in London was darkening about the prospect of a deal this wee(...)

A man carrying a Christmas tree walks past a mural depicting a Saltire design in Leith, Edinburgh on St Andrew’s Day. Support for independence has increased to 54 or 55 per cent. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

In Edinburgh, the silence is everywhere, in empty restaurants and deserted train stations, with people walking quickly by, heads down, and masks on. W(...)

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