British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives for a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson has called on European leaders to give an immediate go-ahead to talks on post-Brexit trade relations, rather t(...)

The letter to British prime minister Theresa May has been signed by Tory MP and former army captain Johnny Mercer, who is leading a backbench rebellion over defence cuts, and Julian Lewis, the Conservative chairman of the Commons defence committee. File photograph: Matt Dunham/Reuters/pool/

Senior British politicians have written to prime minister Theresa May calling for an effective amnesty that would cover security force members and par(...)

General view inside the Bombardier factory in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne / REUTERS

Bombardier, whose Belfast aircraft plant is Northern Ireland’s biggest manufacturer, said it is against any moves toward a Brexit deal that would effe(...)

  Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghail turns  on the Oireachtas Christmas tree lights at Leinster House. He was joined  by Cathaoirleach of the Seanad Denis O’Donovan, party leaders and other members of the Oireachtas with music and song provided by the Oireachtas choir and the Cavan Rugby Club male voice choir. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s been a torrid few weeks for the Taoiseach. Doubtless, he will enjoy Christmas in the bosom of the Varadkars and take a short break from the ince(...)

British prime minister Theresa May:  It seems incredible that, 18 months after the Brexit vote, the British government has not spelled out what exactly it wants from the negotiations. Photograph: Andy Rain/Bloomberg

Dublin’s view is this is May’s problem. The fallout from the collapse of the UK’s agreement with the EU to clear the way for the second phase of the (...)

Brexit secretary David Davis: “The presumption of the discussion was that everything we talked about applied to the whole United Kingdom,” he said. Photograph: PA Wire

Theresa May sought on Tuesday night to rescue a deal on Brexit by promising that any “regulatory alignment” with the European Union would apply to the(...)

The attempt to broker a breakthrough in the Northern Ireland strand may well come to be seen as an important crossroads in the whole Brexit process

The difference between promising “regulatory alignment” and “avoiding regulatory divergence” is everything. Night and day. A pity no- one bothered to(...)

Arlene Foster:  said  the “economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom will not be compromised in any way”

Northern Ireland’s union with Scotland, England and Wales is described by the DUP as its “guiding star”, and always to the forefront of its representa(...)

DUP deputy leader  Nigel Dodds delivering  a statement outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: EPA/Neil Hall

Westminster woke up on Tuesday to find that a promise to ensure the continuation of regulatory alignment between the two parts of Ireland had expanded(...)

Leo Varadkar: he has said on numerous occasions that while the wording of a deal could be changed, its substance must not

The Government is open to adding extra elements, such as on the strength of the UK as a political entity, to this week’s Brexit deal as long as they d(...)

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