The Queen spent night in hospital after cancelling Northern Ireland visit

Buckingham Palace says Elizabeth II is now back in Windsor after doctors advised a few days’ rest The Queen spent Wednesday night in hospital after cancelling her visit to Northern Ireland, Buckingham Palace has said. A spokesperson said the Queen went to hospital for “preliminary investigations” but returned to Windsor on Thursday. Continue reading…

Queen cancels Northern Ireland trip and is told to rest

Buckingham Palace says monarch has ‘reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for next few days’ The Queen has cancelled a planned two-day visit to Northern Ireland after advice from her doctors that she should “rest for the next few days”. Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest […]

Belfast and beyond: six of the best Northern Ireland day trips

Belfast makes an ideal base from which to explore many of Northern Ireland’s lesser-known treasures Murlough BayWhile many Game of Thrones locations have become besieged by fans in recent years, Murlough Bay on the North Antrim coast is a sight bypassed by even the most die-hard. Tucked off a hairy byway along the Torr Head […]

We in Northern Ireland are sick of being pawns in the Brexit game | Sarah Creighton

The public have protocol fatigue. It’s time for politicians to find some good faith and repair the damage already caused Being from Northern Ireland is exhausting. Being from Northern Ireland and experiencing Brexit is maddening. Two years ago Boris Johnson hailed the withdrawal agreement, which established the Northern Ireland protocol, as an “oven-ready” deal. The […]

Growing up in Northern Ireland free of the Troubles – a photo essay

Brexit has brought back riots between pro-Irish nationalists and loyalist unionists in Northern Ireland. What keeps young people in Belfast and Derry busy and what do they think about the future now that half the population dares to dream aloud of a united Ireland? The Dutch photojournalist HJ Hunter visited them a month after most […]

The Guardian view on the Northern Ireland protocol: take the deal | Editorial

The European Commission is offering substantial concessions. If Boris Johnson refuses, it will prove that he prefers conflict to resolution A detail in the story of Brexit, often forgotten, is Boris Johnson’s support for Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement at a third Commons vote in March 2019. Having resigned from the cabinet in protest at Mrs […]

Frost throws ECJ spanner in works on Northern Ireland protocol

Analysis: minister’s pre-emptive response to EU offer leaves planned talks looking potentially futile Before the unveiling on Wednesday of a package of proposals from the EU for Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit arrangements designed to becalm inflamed tensions and unblock its trade with the rest of the UK, David Frost, the prime minister’s tough-talking Brexit minister, has […]

Trade war looms as UK set to spurn EU offer on Northern Ireland

EU leaders urged to push back against No 10’s brinkmanship over role of European Court of Justice Fears that the UK is heading for a trade war with the EU have been fuelled by strong indications from the government that proposals presented in Brussels on Wednesday over Brexit arrangements do not go far enough. The […]

EU could lift ban on UK sausages to sweeten Northern Ireland deal

Brussels to offer substantial package of proposals to improve post-Brexit arrangements The EU will seek to sweeten its package of proposals over the post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland by lifting a prohibition on sausages made in Britain. The EU’s Brexit commissioner, Maroš Šefčovič, will table four papers on Wednesday as to how the Northern Ireland […]

UK promises ‘robust’ reaction if EU starts trade war over Northern Ireland

Brexit minister says he expects Brussels response to UK demand to renegotiate protocol within 10 days The UK will react in a “robust” manner if the EU launches a retaliatory trade war in the event of Brexit talks on Northern Ireland breaking down, the government has warned. The Brexit minister, David Frost, said he expected […]

What may happen if article 16 of Northern Ireland protocol is triggered?

Brexit minister David Frost threatens EU with use of emergency brake Latest news from Tory conference – live updates The UK Brexit minister, David Frost, has stepped up demands on the EU to renegotiate the Northern Ireland protocol, a linchpin of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal. At a speech to the Conservative party conference, Frost said […]

The Guardian view on silence about Brexit: time to talk turkey | Editorial

Labour and the Conservatives have both been happy to stay quiet about Brexit during the pandemic. That has to stop Since the 2019 general election, there has been a mutually convenient conspiracy of silence between Britain’s two main parties about Brexit. Boris Johnson won the election on the soundbite promise to “get Brexit done”, and […]

The Guardian view on Labour’s voting plans: empower an electorate | Editorial

Sir Keir Starmer ought to be in the business of dispersing power by pushing for more democracy, not less In Britain, there has been a modern trend to make democracy more democratic. The devolved legislatures set up in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales use proportional electoral systems to reflect their distinctive politics. In England and […]

Lough Erne to Whiterocks Beach: nine epic Northern Ireland sights – in pictures

Though its modern reputation for great culture, food and urban luxury is well deserved, Northern Ireland’s real allure is a landscape of history, mystery and myth. Now’s the perfect time to discover these vantage points If you’re travelling from within the Common Travel Area (United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, and Channel Islands), […]

Johnson’s claim Dutch PM offered to mediate in Brexit row not true, say sources

Insiders reject inference of division among EU members on Northern Ireland issue All the latest political news – live Boris Johnson has walked into a diplomatic row with one of the UK’s closest allies after claiming the prime minister of the Netherlands had been seeking to “mediate” between Brussels and London over the post-Brexit arrangements […]

UK teachers and parents: how is the autumn school term going so far?

We would like to know how teachers and parents in the UK feel about the autumn term after returning to the classroom We would like to hear from teachers and parents across the UK about how the autumn school term is going so far after pupils returned to the classroom in recent weeks. Schools in […]

UK government threatens to suspend Northern Ireland protocol

Brexit minister Lord Frost tells House of Lords that the European Commission must take renegotiation proposals seriously The row over Brexit and Northern Ireland has escalated after the UK government issued a new warning to the EU that it will not shy away from unilaterally suspending the Northern Ireland protocol agreed by Boris Johnson last […]

The Guardian view on the DUP’s Brexit choice: save the protocol or save Stormont | Editorial

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson is taking a high-risk gamble in which the people of Northern Ireland are likely to pay a heavy price The threat by the leader of the Democratic Unionist party, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, to collapse the Stormont executive unless the Northern Ireland protocol is scrapped risks creating a crisis for electoral gain. Some […]

County Down, and around: a car-free trip to Bangor, Northern Ireland

A coast and cultural break takes in beaches, wildlife, paddleboarding and a fine array of attractions – including the poignant Titanic Belfast museum The board wobbles again. I drop back into a kneeling position and shake my head ruefully at Adam, the instructor. Even standing up from the ground on dry land is quite a […]

The Guardian view on Brexit deadlines: reality will not be deferred | Editorial

Boris Johnson wants an indefinite pause on his treaty obligations, but awkward facts of geography and economics will not change In Brexit negotiations, no deadline is final. Reliably, it is the UK that needs an extension. Just as consistently, the reason is failure to understand the implications of something that had been agreed before the […]

Peacock-Farrell penalty save earns Northern Ireland draw with Switzerland

For Northern Ireland, the route to a place at World Cup 2022 remains tricky after this draw against Switzerland. This was, as expected, a tense encounter, with chances scarce and the hosts mindful of playing in front of a noisy, near-capacity crowd for the first time in almost two years. Ian Baraclough’s men now sit […]

Hollywood struggles with accents in Branagh’s Belfast

US reviewers have lauded the film, but complain it is too difficult to understand and needs subtitles Kenneth Branagh’s new autobiographical film, Belfast, is tipped for Oscar glory, but his home town will not be happy if it’s in the foreign language category. Hollywood reviewers who have lauded the film’s storytelling and acting complain the […]

UK’s Troubles amnesty plan goes further than Pinochet’s, study says

Criticism of move to end prosecutions says it is broader than almost 300 other amnesties around world The UK government’s plan to end all Troubles-era prosecutions in Northern Ireland would create an amnesty wider than the one Augusto Pinochet introduced to shield human rights violators in Chile, according to a study. Downing Street’s plan would […]

Jack O’Connell: ‘Eventually the wheels come off, everything explodes’

Actor Jack O’Connell is known for going to physical extremes to show the vulnerability of violent men. But what does masculinity really mean to him? Are you here to see man?” asks a Spanish waiter as I walk through the café garden, and points towards the table just beyond the loos where Jack O’Connell stands, […]

It’s not just Texas – anti-abortion activists are targeting women’s rights in Europe | Mara Clarke

Draconian laws in European countries and the effects of Brexit and Covid-19 are making safe terminations harder to access Mara Clarke is the founder of Abortion Support Network The state of Texas now has the most restrictive abortion law to be passed in the US since Roe v Wade legalised abortion in 1973. Texas residents […]

A-level students: have you lost out on a university place?

We’re interested to hear from school leavers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland who didn’t have any of their offers for university places confirmed this year We’d like to hear from pupils who have been unable to secure a university place they’d been hoping for this year, after teacher assessed grades saw 70% of independently […]

Covid: how can schools improve air quality to reduce transmission?

Pupils to return to classrooms in England, Wales and Northern Ireland amid warnings of infection surge Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Pupils will return to school in England, Wales and Northern Ireland this week amid warnings from experts that the restart could fuel a surge in Covid cases. We take a […]

Majority of Northern Irish voters want vote on staying in UK

Two-thirds of people say a border poll should be held at some point in the wake of Brexit Two-thirds of voters in Northern Ireland believe there should be a vote over its place in the UK, but only 37% want it to take place within the next five years, according to a new poll for […]