Mark Sedwill

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The head of the UK civil service has said that the powers granted to the Northern Secretary would not be enough to govern in the North, in the absence of a functioning Stormont executive. File photograph: Paul Faith

A Sinn Féin MP has said there must be no return to direct rule from Westminster after Britain’s most senior civil servant warned that such a situation(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: Donald  Trump also signed on to an unusually strong statement that accused Russia of being behind the “first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the second world war”. Photograph:  Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP/Getty Images

Nato’s leading powers closed ranks against Vladimir Putin on Thursday as the US unveiled new sanctions against Moscow and joined with France and Germa(...)

David Davis (left) and Michel Barnier at the start of talks this morning. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

A year after the UK voted to leave the EU, the UK’s Brexit secretary David Davis arrived in Brussels formally to launch the negotiations on Monday. M(...)

Britain’s new Conservative Party leader Theresa May  receives a kiss from her husband Philip John May after speaking to members of the media at  the Palace of Westminster in London on July 11th, 2016. Ms  May will on Wednesday become the British prime minister. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images

The Taoiseach is likely to seek an early meeting with incoming British prime minister Theresa May, who is due to take office in Downing Street on Wedn(...)

British home office permanent secretary Mark Sedwill leaves Westminster yesterday. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

One of Britain’s most senior civil servants said yesterday he did not know who, if anyone, had authorised the removal of more than 100 missing gove(...)

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