‘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(...)

Val McDermid: ‘Scotland has become a modern, outward-looking nation at a time when England seems to have developed a frightening strand of the little-Englander world view.’ Photograph: Awakening/Getty

In the bookshops of Edinburgh, Val McDermid’s name is everywhere. The award-winning crime writer’s books have sold 16 million copies and been transla(...)

 Lord Maginnis portrayed himself as a ‘victim of a conspiracy by people who disapproved of his views’. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Northern Ireland peer Ken Maginnis should be suspended from Britain’s House of Lords for at least 18 months for bullying and harassment of three MPs a(...)

With less than six weeks until Brexit, many businesses in Northern Ireland remain underprepared. File photograph: Bloomberg

Newry wine merchant Anjo Wines has been supplying hotels, bars and restaurants in Northern Ireland since 1985. It is run by brothers Kevin and Garrett(...)

Serious differences remain between the two sides over the most contentious issues of how to share fish stocks, how to arbitrate any future disagreements, and how to ensure fair competition between companies. Photograph: iStock

Britain is seeking to strip European Union fishermen of 80 per cent of the fish quota they currently catch in waters that fall under its exclusive eco(...)

 Sir Declan Morgan, Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It was important that judges are seen to be able to “speak truth to power”, Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland Sir Declan Morgan has told Assembly(...)

The report says unification could arise only through referendums on both sides of the Border and these could be held on the same day. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

The holding of referendums on Irish unity on both sides of the Border without a proper plan for how to handle the possible outcomes could seriously th(...)

European Commission president Ursula Von Der Leyen speaks at the European Parliament in Brussels on November 25th, 2020. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/AFP/Getty Images.

It is not yet possible to say whether there will be a deal with the United Kingdom to avoid a damaging lurch into widespread disruption and tariffs on(...)

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