It is simply impossible for the UK to leave the customs union without a hard border being installed in Ireland, either around the island of Ireland or between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Either would damage trade – and quite possibly wipe out entire industries
The Government now must hold a parliamentary vote to trigger the start of official negotiations to exit the European Union
Ruling comes as Government loses appeal and is told it must consult Parliament
Northern Ireland and Scotland both voted to Remain in the EU
His unlikely friendship with Ian Paisley became iconic for my generation. If an establishment preacher who once heckled the Pope could develop a true and tender relationship with a former IRA commander, then the rest of us had no excuse for clinging to prejudice and division
Exclusive: Northern Irish politician says Labour leader fears criticism will re-emerge that he has Republican sympathies
Exclusive: SDLP leader tells The Independent Theresa May's plans for 'hard Brexit' undermine the Good Friday Agreement 'at her peril'
A snap election will be held on 2nd March
Divisions appear to be showing in Sinn Fein over how to tackle the crisis, bringing yet more uncertainty to Northern Ireland
'The days of direct rule from British ministers alone must now be over'
Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness resigned as Deputy First Minister, ending more than a decade of power-sharing between Nationalists and Unionists at Stormont
Exclusive: Northern Irish politician warns locals fear PM could be placating Democratic Unionists in order to keep backbenchers onside to approve Brexit plans
Nearly 65,000 Britons applied for an Irish passport last year
Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster strongly denies claims she was responsible for a government scheme which saw £140m of public funds apparently misspent
Due to the legacy of the Troubles, Northern Ireland has more immediate need than anywhere else in the UK for a robust human rights framework – after all, human right abuses continue here to the present day
Exclusive: Northern Irish politician says Theresa May will ‘very likely’ face court challenge to block human rights law reforms, amid local anger at potential breach of Northern Irish peace treaty