Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with British prime minister Theresa May at Downing Street last June. Photograph: Philip Toscano/WPA Pool/Getty Images

A change of government is unlikely to bring a significant change of policy on Brexit

Britain’s Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) and her husband Philip Duke of Edinburgh on honeymoon on November 25th, 1947, in Hampshire. Photograph:  STRSTR/AFP/Getty

London Letter: TV and books paint scenes of adultery and unhappiness in regal cocoon

Protestors dressed as “Maybots” demonstrate at the entrance to Downing Street on Wednesday following a meeting of the British cabinet ahead of the chancellor’s budget speech. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Chancellor finds additional £3 billion to prepare for Brexit

Philip Hammond said the UK government has already invested almost £700 million (€790 million) in Brexit preparations, and will set aside a further £3 billion. Photograph: Getty

Chancellor says budget designed to prepare UK for leaving the EU

Britain’s foreign secretary, Boris Johnson:   Britain will increase its financial offer for the divorce bill  if the EU agrees to move on to talks about the future trading relationship. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

European Court of Justice will have no role in the UK after two-year transition period

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster: “If people are going to put up borders, it will be the European Union that puts up a border. It will certainly not be the United Kingdom or Northern Ireland. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

Government’s approach ‘careless’ as only EU will reimpose border, says DUP leader

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry:  urged Boris Johnson to stick to earlier promise that Irish border arrangements will not change. Photograph: PA Wire

UK government showing little sign of commitment despite threat of veto from Dublin

Foreign secretary Boris Johnson departs Downing Street after a meeting to discuss the  possibility of additional money for the Brexit “divorce bill”. Photograph: Jack Taylor

Downing Street rejects claims PM was ready to double UK divorce bill offer to €40bn

 Theresa May leaves Downing St: A relatively calm week for the British prime minister.  Photograph:  Jack Taylor/Getty Images

From election flop to cabinet resignations, no political disaster has been sticky enough to force the British prime minister out

“This year’s results for Harrods have yet to be published, but if the rest of the retail landscape in Britain is anything to go by, Harrods will be very lucky to show another increase in profits.” File photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

If British retail landscape is indicator, delux store will be lucky to keep profits growing

Anna Soubry was one of 15 Conservatives pictured on  a newspaper’s front page under the headline “The Brexit Mutineers”.

Anna Soubry calls for responsible reporting after ‘Daily Telegraph’ headline

DUP leader Arlene Foster: condemned the British media’s coverage of the DUP. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Arlene Foster says Labour leader as prime minister would be disastrous for North

Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May,and  Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon: the two are meeting in a bid to break their deadlock over Brexit. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

PM’s plan to specify EU withdrawal date judged by rebels as curbing Brexit talks

Kenneth Clarke: “It is quite unnecessary to actually close down our options as severely as we are with this amendment.” Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Kenneth Clarke and other pro-EU Conservatives say May proposal harms UK in talks

Business leaders including Ibec chief Danny McCoy (second business leader from left) arrive at 10 Downing Street to meet British prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Ibec chief ‘more confident’ there will not be a hard Brexit in March 2019

James Brokenshire says he still believes agreement can be reached at Stormont. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Ian Paisley says it is time to recognise that devolution is not working

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson: “Of course I apologise for the distress, for the suffering, that has been caused by the impression that I gave that I believed that she was there in a professional capacity. She was there on holiday.” Photograph:  PA Wire

British foreign secretary had suggested Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was teaching journalism

MPs are preparing to debate amendments to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill on Tuesday

David Davis predicts withdrawal agreement will conclude in ‘latter part of next year’

British prime minister Theresa May with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during Remembrance Sunday in London. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Labour attacks the British prime minister’s ability to achieve a transition agreement

The head of Switzerland’s customs service Christian Bock told the Northern Ireland affairs committee at Westminster that physical checks were unavoidable, either at the Border itself or elsewhere. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Technology, intelligence and joint British-Irish mobile patrols deemed necessary

Sir Michael Fallon, who has announced his decision to resign as defence secretary. Photograph:  Leon Neal/PA Wire

Tory says his behaviour may have ‘fallen short’ as Westminster scandal grows

Bex Bailey claimed she was discouraged from reporting an alleged rape at a Labour party event in 2011. Photograph: Facebook

Inappropriate behaviour: At Westminster, many normal workplace rules do not apply

Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis talks with a member of staff as he leaves his office in Downing Street. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

Britain ‘pretty much absolutely’ committed to ensuring Border remains invisible

Bex Bailey (25), a former member of Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee, was 19 at the time of the attack. Photograph: Twitter

Bex Bailey says staff member she told about incident suggested she not report it

“It was all so different before June’s election, when Jeremy  Corbyn was greeted with cheers from the Conservatives and a dark, mutinous hush from the benches behind him.” File photograph: PA Wire

London Letter: ‘You have just got to slay the leader of the Opposition – and vice versa’

Brenda Hale, president of the British supreme court: ‘We will now go away and try and work out the answer to these difficult questions.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Case described as ‘very difficult and sensitive’ by president of supreme court in London

Northern Ireland attorney general John Larkin: “The unborn child whose father is a moral philosopher doesn’t have a greater right to life than she whose father is a rapist.” Photograph: PA

‘There are many good reasons to wish Joseph Goebbels had not lived. That he had a club foot isn’t or shouldn’t be one of them’

UK’s highest court hears appeal brought by Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. Photograph: Getty Images

London court told current law discriminates against women and girls on grounds of sex

The Order of Service at the funeral of comedian Sean Hughes at Islington and Camden Cemetery in London. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Comedian laid to rest to the sound of ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’ by The Smiths

Leader of the house Andrea Leadsom told the Commons the government would listen to MPs’ concerns but would not halt the roll-out of universal credit. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

London Letter: Changes to benefits system have become government’s biggest headache

British prime minister Theresa May: “We hugely value the contributions that EU nationals make to the economic, social and cultural fabric of the UK.”   Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Prime minister will say Brexit deal on citizens’ rights within ‘touching distance’

Brexit secretary David Davis told MPs this week that he expects EU leaders to agree that the negotiations are close to achieving as much progress as they can before moving on to trade talks. Photograph: AFP/PRU

Each side of the Brexit table blames the other for the stalemate. Is there a path forward?

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire speaking  in  London, where he said  powersharing talks between the DUP and Sinn Féin have stalled. Photograph: PA

Northern Secretary says progress on talks stalled

  British  Brexit minister David Davis: “In a negotiation you always have to have the right to walk away – if you don’t, you get a terrible deal”, he told MPs in the House of Commons. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Home secretary says no deal ‘unthinkable’ while Brexit minister claims UK can walk away

OECD secretary-general Angel Gurria shakes hands with  Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer Phillip Hammond: any threat to the peace process in Northern Ireland from the introduction of a hard Border would damage UK economic growth. Photograph: Neil  Hall/EPA

Referendum to reverse Brexit decision or keeping of close UK-EU bonds advised

 British prime minister Theresa May:  said last week her government was making contingency plans for an exit from the EU without a deal on the future relationship.  Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Robin Walker says negotiators close to accord on citizenship rights and travel area

Border protest signs on the A509. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Tony Connolly challenges the wishful thinking that we can avoid a hard border

Shadow Brexit secretary  Keir Starmer: says that Theresa May is sending out a confused message on Brexit because the Conservative party is so divided on the issue. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

London Letter: Conservative chancellor Philip Hammond wants access to EU markets; the Brexiteers want to maximise sovereignty. The(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said Britain’s  proposal for a two-year transition period for businesses after Brexit was too short.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Charlie Flanagan says Government has contingency plans for all eventualities of Brexit

UK chancellor Philip Hammond arriving at  10 Downing Street  on Wednesday. Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Philip Hammond says EU should respond quickly to proposal for transition period

 Border Communities against Brexit signage on the outskirts of Newry. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Committee hears predictions of physical infrastructure and vehicle spot checks along North Border

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May: She said Britain and the EU were drafting joint principles on preserving the Common Travel Area. “We owe it to the people of Northern Ireland to get this right.” Photograph: AFP/Getty

Theresa May declines to say if UK sought legal advice on reversing Article 50 decision

British prime minister Theresa May will say her government is seeking a ‘deep and special partnership’ between the UK  and a strong and successful EU. Photograph: AFP

PM to tell Commons the EU needs to show more flexibility as fifth round of talks begins

Prime Minister Theresa May coughs as she delivers her keynote speech at the Conservative Party conference. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Ex-party chairman Grant Shapps says 30 Tory MPs in favour of her resignation

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Parmley says financial services relocating should choose Dublin not Frankfurt or Paris

Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom: “I was a proponent of leave for your sake, for my kids’ sake, for the next generation.” Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

The average age of party members is 72, and the conference felt like a large funeral

The report says: ‘Sir Edward Heath allegedly raped and indecently assaulted a male, aged 11 years, during a paid sexual encounter in private in a dwelling.’ Photograph: Dan Chung/Reuters

Multiple claims would have merited questioning, although no evidence found, report says

P45: the comedian Simon Brodkin, aka Lee Nelson, hands Theresa May a fake P45 at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty

Cough-plagued British PM handed P45 by Conservative conference prankster

Comedian Simon Brodkin, aka Lee Nelson, hands prime minister Theresa May a P45 during her keynote speech to delegates and party members on the last day of the Conservative Party conference at Manchester Central. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Prime minister left voiceless as she struggles to get across her vision for country’s future

Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson:  received the most enthusiastic reception of the conference when he spoke on Tuesday. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

British prime minister determined to stay on in top job despite shipping criticism

Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson takes the stage to address the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, on Tuesday. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

It was all fanciful nonsense but foreign secretary’s speech cheered up Manchester conference no end

Sinn Féin’s Northern leader Michelle O’Neill and DUP leader Arlene Foster at the Conservative Party conference. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Michelle O’Neill says Northern Ireland ‘isn’t British’ during Manchester event

Brexit debate: Theresa May listens to Philip Hammond’s conference speech. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

UK chancellor stresses the importance of a two-year transition period for UK's exit

 Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May: “I called the election, I led the campaign and I am responsible.” Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

British PM insists cabinet in accord on exit strategy amid calls for Johnson to be sacked

UK Independence Party newly elected leader Henry Bolton: left no doubt Ukip’s choice was a rejection of Anne Marie Waters’s campaign against Islam. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

New Ukip leader: ‘I absolutely abhor the rhetoric that says we are at war with Islam’

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn removes a garland after delivering his keynote speech in Brighton. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Brighton Letter: Centrists shocked by cult of personality around party leader

A still  from a video for Anne Marie Waters’s Ukip leadership campaign.

The Irish woman started her political life in British Labour before veering to the right

Anne Marie Waters: has described Islam as “evil”. Photograph: Ole Jensen/Corbis via Getty Images

Farage fears Anne Marie Waters would make Ukip a single-issue party against Islam

Oh, Jeremy Corbyn: the leader  said the election result had “put the Tories on notice and Labour on the threshold of power”. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Analysis: Corbyn’s conference claim of new centre ground may not be so far-fetched

 Labour Party  leader Jeremy Corbyn addresses delegates on the final day of the party conference  in Brighton. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Corbyn claims his party is now the political mainstream and ridicules ‘shambolic’ Tories

British prime minister Theresa May  welcomes president of the European Council Donald Tusk, ahead of a meeting in Downing Street. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Tusk tells May there is not sufficient progress on Brexit for talks to move to second phase

Owen Smith: ‘I would even so far as to suggest that they’re waiting for the EU to put pressure on the Irish government to say that you will police the Border on the Irish side.’ Photograph: Getty

Owen Smith says Theresa May appears to be waiting for the EU to offer some solutions

Leo Varadkar with Dick Spring after Ireland’s Rugby World Cup bid presentation. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Dick Spring and Shane Ross looked miserable as they tried to get the bid over the line

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May welcomes Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to number 10 Downing Street prior to their meeting on Monday. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Emphasis on no physical infrastructure after Brexit is ‘strong statement’, says Varadkar

Speaking in Brighton, where Labour’s annual conference began yesterday, Jeremy Corbyn identified the European Union’s state aid rules as an obstacle. Photograph:  Leon Neal/Getty Images

British Labour leader concerned about restrictions on state aid and spending

British prime minister Theresa May answers  questions following her speech   in Florence, Italy,  where  she said Britain would operate within EU rules during  a two-year  transition period. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Varadkar urges more clarity on two-year transition plan

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May delivers her Brexit speech at the Complesso Santa Maria Novella in Florence. Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/AFP/Getty Images

Analysis: British prime minister in delicate balancing act beween her cabinet and EU

British Prime Minister Theresa May: hopes her keenly anticipated speech in Italy will help to break the deadlock in Brexit negotiations. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Deal would keep Britain in single market during period, while paying into EU budget

Front Row on TV: Nikki Bedi, Giles Coren and Amol Rajan. Photograph: BBC

London Letter: New ‘Front Row’ hosts have outraged actors and directors

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson arrives at a meeting during the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday. Photograph: Stephanie Keith/Reuters

Foreign secretary rejects talk of split as May calls cabinet meeting for major Brexit speech

Prime minister Theresa May with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau at a ceremony in Ottawa. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Johnson wrote essay reopening Leave campaign’s claims of freeing up £350m a week

Uncertainty around UK departure strategy prompts return to £350m a week NHS claim

Armed police will continue to patrol the streets and the transport network in London. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Police continue to search houses after almost 30 people were injured by blast on a train last Friday

Boris Johnson and Theresa May in 2016: the UK foreign secretary has said little about Brexit since the referendum. Photograph: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty

Foreign secretary’s ‘Telegraph’ article seen as challenge to PM’s authority

Armed officers at Parsons Green: London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for more police resources. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Analysis: Parsons Green stampede shows the panic a transport attack can cause

London manhunt: armed police near Parsons Green after Friday’s explosion. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

UK threat ‘severe’ after fifth terror attack in six months

Florence bound: Theresa May at Downing Street. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty

London Letter: UK PM must navigate careful path as she seeks Brexit transition deal

Sir Martin Moore-Bick, chairman of the Grenfell public inquiry. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Barrister Michael Mansfield makes request at end of opening session but judge ignores him

A public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire in London that killed at least 80 people in June held its first session on Thursday. Photograph:  Rick Findler/PA Wire

Survivors accuse chairman of insensitivity in declining to answer questions after opening statement

British prime minister Theresa May speaking during prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP/PRU

British government forced into retreat after DUP threatens to support two Labour motions

A pro-EU demonstrator outside the houses of parliament in central London against the first vote on a Bill to end Britain’s membership of the EU. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

One-week delay comes amid speculation May will deliver major speech on September 21st

British prime minister Theresa May: The two-day debate on the legislation exposed widespread concern on the Conservative backbenches, even among Brexiteers, about the use of Henry VIII powers. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Vote narratives of Tory loyalty and Labour rebelliousness are not what they appear

MPs on Monday continued to debate the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, with a vote on its second reading expected early on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Latest position paper will call for pooling of UK and EU assets to combat shared threats

 Simon Coveney   said that Britain, Ireland and the rest of the EU should work towards ensuring an orderly Brexit with a “substantial” transitional period to offer certainty to business. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Minister for Foreign Affairs says Ireland sees itself as ‘a candid friend’ to Britain

Brexit countdown: after a few summer weeks of sanity, UK strategy has returned to chaos. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Theresa May’s weakness has left her a captive of her party’s hard Brexiteers

One restaurant in the West End was so desperate, a waiter said, that they had taken on English staff. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

London Letter: Two of the waiters were sharing a room in a flat, each paying £650 a month

Conservative MP Anna Soubry: said it was wrong to suggest that critics like her were trying to thwart the will of the people, insisting that she accepted that Britain is leaving the EU. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Conservatives join opposition in calling for radical changes to legislation to leave EU

Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Clear divisions between British and Irish governments on direct rule

 Peter Mandelson: he says the very union the DUP “holds so dear could be threatened by the Brexit they have done so much to champion”

Former EU commissioner warns people in North may have to choose between political identity or economic interest

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street, in central London, on her way to the Houses of Parliament to speak at prime minister’s questions. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister defends legislation on UK’s EU departure amid growing opposition

 British prime minister Theresa May leaving No 10 Downing Street on Wednesday. The government’s initial response to the leak has been cautious. Photograph:  Will Oliver/EPA

Home office document on free movement of people represents hardening of approach

Brexit secretary David Davis leaves after a weekly meeting of cabinet ministers at 10 Downing Street. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Brexit secretary David Davis makes claim and criticises ‘inflexible’ EU approach

British prime minister Theresa May  will meet her cabinet on Tuesday for the first time since she told reporters last week that she wants to serve a full term. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/Reuters

Downing Street wants to step up Brexit talks, while Theresa May commits to next election

 Sir Keir Starmer: he said maintaining the status quo for a few years would provide more time to resolve the question of the Northern Ireland Border. Photograph: PA

Party seeks UK membership of Single Market and Customs Union during transition period

 Jeremy Corbyn: he has ensured that the British government will face a treacherous task as it seeks to pass the huge European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. Photograph: PA

After months of ambiguity, Labour has adopted a clear policy favouring a ‘soft’ Brexit

 Naomi Klein’s new book,  ‘No is Not Enough: Defeating the New Shock Politics’, examines  Donald Trump’s election. File photograph: Ed Kashi

The writer and activist on Trump, Brexit and the risks in Ireland’s economic policies

UK chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond said on Friday that Britain would seek a transition arrangement lasting up to three years after Brexit. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/Reuters

Moving controls to ports and airports in North not an option, British authorities say

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: said there was a political border between the Republic and Northern Ireland, but not an economic one. Photograph: Collins

‘We’re not going to help design some sort of border we don’t believe should exist’

Jeremy Corbyn: claimed the “wholesale importation” of people from eastern and central Europe had undermined pay and conditions for British workers. Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

A Tory attempt to nail him on student debt failed, but then Corbyn made a problem for himself

Home secretary Amber Rudd on board a coastal patrol vessel called Nimrod. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

Home secretary makes comment after day of confusion over plans for immigration

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