You’d never know it, but the future of the United Kingdom is at stake | Martin Kettle | Opinion

If the Conservatives win a majority on 12 December, as they are favourites to do, they will claim a mandate to “get Brexit done”. As a result, there is an extremely real possibility that, by the time of the next scheduled election in 2024, the United Kingdom as we know it will no longer exist. […]

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Serge Gnabry hat-trick helps Germany thrash Northern Ireland 6-1 | Football

Michael O’Neill admitted his worst fears were realised as a short-handed Northern Ireland were thrashed 6-1 by Germany in their final Euro 2020 qualifying Group C fixture. With Jonny Evans out through illness and Jamal Lewis sidelined by a knee problem, Northern Ireland were missing vital Premier League experience at the back and found themselves […]

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Euro 2020: The bizarre loophole that could see Northern Ireland qualify

Euro 2020: The bizarre loophole that could see Northern Ireland qualify

When it was first unveiled, there was always a sense that the labyrinthian Nations League format was likely to have flaws, it was just a little too complicated to work out exactly what they’d be. But as the remnants of the tournament were being sifted during this international break to leave 16 candidates for the […]

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Northern Ireland in Euro 2020 play-offs after draw with Netherlands | Football

Events elsewhere on Friday meant Northern Ireland had the comfort of a play-off position for Euro 2020 before this joust with the Netherlands got under way. Still, there was the motivation of affording Michael O’Neill a performance for the ages in what may well mark the Stoke manager’s last appearance in charge of Northern Ireland […]

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Michael O’Neill still intent on taking automatic race for Euro 2020 to wire | Football

This is apparently no time for tearful farewells. Michael O’Neill’s appointment as the Stoke manager has not meant an immediate departure from Northern Ireland and the likelihood is he will remain on duty for the Euro 2020 play-offs in March. As is typical and legitimate for a manager who has enjoyed such success with his […]

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Euro 2020 qualifiers and international football: 10 things to look out for | Football

1) Ramsey’s return is as important to Wales as Bale’s The build-up to Wales’s remaining qualifiers has been dominated by the dismay that Gareth Bale’s call-up has caused at Real Madrid, where the forward has been on the sidelines for a month nursing a calf injury. Bale’s late winner against Azerbaijan in September proved how […]

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What Stoke can expect after prising Michael O’Neill from Northern Ireland | Ewan Murray | Football

One of Michael O’Neill’s final acts as the Northern Ireland manager emphasises why the lure of club football was always going to prove too strong eventually. O’Neill used to adopt self-deprecating humour when explaining how seeking out international players from the nether regions of the game had become normality. A trip to Blackpool v Peterborough […]

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If Johnson adds a customs union, remainers should finally accept his deal | Simon Jenkins | Opinion

Those still fighting to keep the United Kingdom in the EU are doing themselves no favours. Despite Saturday’s protests for a second referendum and Commons manoeuvring, a significant portion of the public backs the UK’s vote to leave the EU – and democracy requires it to do so. The terms of exit previously negotiated by […]

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PM faces Brexit extension even if his deal is passed | Politics

Boris Johnson’s plan to push through a Brexit deal on Saturday looks likely to be frustrated after an alliance of Labour and former Tory MPs united behind a plan to force a new extension. After clinching a last-minute deal in Brussels on Thursday by agreeing to a customs border in the Irish Sea, the prime […]

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