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

End of the RUC: Chris Patten, then chairman of the Independent Commission on Policing in Northern Ireland, after questioning on the commission’s actions by the DUP in 1998. Photograph: Pacemaker

Chris Patten, who helped transform the RUC into the PSNI, on his Irishness, Catholicism and the wrench of Brexit

The EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, right, and British secretary of state David Davis address the media after a week of negotiations at EU headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert

A transitional deal that satisfies business would mean Britain remaining in the single market and the customs union

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce held its first meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD in London today.

Talks focused on avoiding a hard North-South border after Brexit

British prime minister Theresa May has expressed support for marriage equality in Northern Ireland. File photograph: Will Oliver/Pool via Bloomberg

British leader also says she understands why LGBT+ community is worried about DUP deal

Brian Hayes: “Ireland could extend the right to vote in European Parliament elections to the 50,000 UK citizens registered to vote in Ireland”

Brian Hayes says Government could change electoral law without holding referendum

 Theresa May in the House of Commons in London on Wednesday. She said all her ministers were safe in their posts for the moment but warned she would sack those who leaked persistently

Simon Coveney will be in London on Thursday for meetings about Brexit

Graham Norton is listed in the £850,000 to £899,999 pay bracket by the BBC

Broadcaster pays top male star five times more than top woman

Stormont, in Belfast. A new report will claim that Brexit has already damaged political stability in the North. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

House of Lords EU committee says UK move is exacerbating cross-community divisions

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond: comments that trains were so easy to drive “even a woman” could do it were leaked. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/Reuters

Theresa May to remind ministers of need for confidentiality despite her flagging authority

Brexit tussle: Michel Barnier won this week’s war of words with Boris Johnson. Photograph: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

Denis Staunton: Johnson, Hammond and Davis all potential successors to Theresa May

Downing Street talks: Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and British chancellor Philip Hammond. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Minister for Finance also stresses to British chancellor the need to avoid a hard Border

 British prime minister Theresa  May is trapped in a powerless premiership, depending on her own MPs and the DUP for survival. Photograph:  EPA/Andy Rain

London Letter: The prime minister remains powerless despite an impressive interview

Goodbye EU: the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill repeals the European Communities Act 1972. Photograph:  Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

Labour opposition says Bill is more than the technocratic exercise Theresa May claims

 British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn presents an Arsenal football jersey to EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Photograph:   Olivier Hoslet/Getty Images

‘This debate is not just a quagmire for the government, it is also a political nightmare’

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson speaks in the House of Commons, London, England. Photograph: PA Wire

British foreign secretary says remaining member states can ‘go whistle’ for the money

UK prime minister Theresa May arrives to deliver a speech at the RSA in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Billed as a relaunch of her premiership, it actually illustrated her precarious position

N-word: Theresa May’s minority government has even fewer votes in Westminster after withdrawing the whip  from  Anne Marie Morris. Photograph: Jason Alden/pool/EPA

Offer to Corbyn comes amid speculation about plan to push PM out of Downing Street

Simon Coveney has described his telephone call to an Air Corps  pilot who refused to fly him to Cork as an example of his ‘hands-on’ approach.  File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Minister claims 2015 intervention over airman’s refusal to fly was ‘not intimidatory’

Jez Butterworth, Laura Donnelly and Sam Mendes at the press night after-party for ‘The Ferryman’ in London. Photograph: Dave Benett/Getty Images

‘The Ferryman’, a play set in Armagh during the hunger strikes, is going down well

Britain’s secretary for Brexit David Davis and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney in London. Photograph: Victoria Jones/AFP/Getty Images

Brexit secretary David Davis agrees to visit Border to get a sense of impact there

British prime minister Theresa May: “I understand that it has been hard for people working hard and making sacrifices over the years as we’ve been dealing with Labour’s mismanagement of the economy.” Photograph: PA Wire

British PM rebukes Jeremy Corbyn criticism of austerity measures and low-pay ‘epidemic’

British prime minister Theresa May and Boris Johnson: former leadership contender believed to back “the idea of public-sector workers getting a better deal”. Photograph: Leon Neal/PA

Boris Johnson and Michael Gove want to lift limit of 1% on pay hikes amid talk of austerity

Ireland’s European partners may expect a greater willingness from Ireland to subordinate its interests on issues such as tax policy. Illustration: Getty

Brexit will strengthen southern states and have a big effect on defence, economic policy and taxation

British prime minister Theresa May on Wednesday faces her first parliamentary challenge since a disastrous election, in a vote on whether to maintain unpopular austerity measures. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

There is no Westminster majority for hard Brexit – but none for any other approach either

Ireland’s ambassador to Britain, Dan Mulhall,  is leaving London for Washington. Photograph: Malcolm McNally

London Letter: Praise as Mulhall moves from Brexit Britain to Trump’s America

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn linked the Grenfell Tower fire to the Conservative government’s spending cuts. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Analysis: PM’s taunt that cladding began under Blair fails to ruffle Labour leader

Theresa May speaking in the House of Commons on Wednesday: Three hours after her announcement, Ms May’s spokesman sought to play down the change of course. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

British PM’s spokesman insists government’s policy on public service pay unchanged

Liverpool scarves hang on a lamp post as St George’s Hall is lit up in red with a giant banner reading ‘Truth’ and ‘Justice’ in April 2016. Photograph: EPA

Ninety-six people died following stadium crush at 1989 FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield

British prime minister Theresa May and DUP leader Arlene Foster at Downing Street on Monday. Photograph: AFP

Prime minister says deal will not affect her government’s approach to Northern Ireland

 The Conservatives’ formal pact with such a socially conservative party will not help to extend its appeal among voters under 45, most of whom backed Labour on June 8th. Photograph: WPA Pool /Getty Images

Analysis: Many Conservatives bewildered by decision to negotiate formal confidence and supply arrangement

Theresa May made clear that immigration arrangements will not apply to Irish citizens, whose rights will continued to be guaranteed under the Common Travel Area. Photograph: Getty Images.

EU nationals would have to apply for ID card like document to certify ‘settled status’

“At Grenfell Tower, nobody doubted that their warnings about safety were more easily ignored because the residents were relatively poor and powerless.” Photograph: Niklas halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Punch drunk after attacks, Grenfell Tower and Brexit, city waits for the next blow to fall

Slow Brexit? David Davis, UK exiting the EU secretary (left) and  Michel Barnier, chief negotiator for the EU. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Prime minister insists that the government’s EU negotiation objectives remain the same

British prime minister Theresa May speaking in the House of Commons on Thursday. In an impassioned end to her address, she said more attention must be paid to poorer people in social housing. Photograph: AFP/UK Parliament

Urgent action being taken to make other tower blocks safe, UK parliament is told

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II sits alongside her son Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales as she delivers the Queen’s Speech during the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament in London on June 21st, 2017. Photograph: Arthur Edwards/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister says inferno survivors were left without help when they needed it most

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, stand during the state opening of parliament in the House of Lords on June 21st, 2017. Photograph: Arthur Edwards

A PM drained of authority finds tide turned as chamber mood favours Jeremy Corbyn

Philip Hammond, UK chancellor of the exchequer (centre left) and Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England (centre right): Mr Hammond put protecting financial services ahead of controlling migration. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Election results will not deter political will to leave EU, says British prime minister

Theresa May and Leo Varadkar arrive for their bi-lateral meeting in Downing Street. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Cruel contrast: Varadkar full of wide-eyed optimism, May looking exhausted and hunted

Máire Whelan, who was appointed to the Court of Appeal, with President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach also rejected Fianna Fáil claims that an election may be imminent

Locals walk past a police van positioned near the police cordon, close to the scene of a van attack in Finsbury Park. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty Images

Witnesses say they heard Darren Osborne (47) shout ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims’

Leo Varadkar during a press conference with Britain’s prime minister Theresa May in London on Monday. Photograph: Philip Toscano/AFP/Getty Images

UK officials insisted Border issues ‘right at the top of priorities’ for Brexit talks

  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a joint press conference following a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street, London. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Taoiseach expressed concerns to UK prime minister about possible impact of any deal

 Police guard a street at Finsbury Park after Monday’s attack. Photograph:  Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

For some locals, Monday’s attack was an inevitable result of rise in anti-Muslim sentiment

Dara Calleary: Fianna Fáil cannot understand why Fine Gael is so determined to undermine the judiciary

Fianna Fáil question why Fine Gael has gone ahead with 'arrogant' appointment

The arrested suspect has been named as Darren Osborne, a 47-year old living in Cardiff. File photograph: Facebook

One dead and 10 injured after a van ploughs into worshippers near London mosque

Friends of missing Jessica Urbano (12) wear photographs of Jessica pinned to their T-shirts at a relief centre close to the scene of the fire at Grenfell Tower in Kensington, London. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

British prime minister says Grenfell Tower residents deserve answers over fatal fire

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn hugs councillor Mushtaq Lasharie as he arrives at St Clement’s Church in west London, who have provided shelter and support for people affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower. Photograph: David Mirzoeff/AFP/Getty Images

Labour seeks quick investigation while stories of victims in Grenfell Tower fire emerge

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds (centre) with colleagues Jeffrey Donaldson and Emma Pengelly after a meeting with British prime minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street. Photograph: EPA/Will Oliver

Sinn Féin warns of threat to Belfast Agreement from Tory pact with unionists

The remains of Grenfell Tower, a residential tower block in west London which was gutted by fire. Photograph:  Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

‘I’d like to hope that it isn’t going to be triple figures’, says fire chief of number killed

Grenfell Tower was part of Lancaster West Estate, a social housing complex of 1,000 homes in West Kensington in London. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Grenfell Tower residents criticise building’s fire safety measures following fatal blaze

The 24-storey Grenfell Tower had been refurbished with external cladding which is now the prime suspect as the accelerator of the fire. Photograph: Giulio Thuburn/AFP/Getty Images

Safety standards at block under scrutiny in light of residents’ ignored warnings

 A woman prepares clothes at a stall set up to help people near the burning Grenfell Tower block in west London on Wednesday. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Tight-knit community comes together to help victims of devastating London fire

Smoke billows from a fire that has engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London. Photograph: Rick Findler/PA Wire

Firefighters say they rescued 65 people - some in pyjamas - from the 43-year-old block

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the House of Commons: “It is customary on these occasions to congratulate the returning prime minister and I absolutely do so.” Photograph: PA Wire

Theresa May makes non-partisan speech about the value of political service

DUP leader Arlene Foster and  deputy leader Nigel Dodds arriving at 10 Downing Street in London for talks on a deal to prop up a Tory minority administration. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Talks continue on support for minority Tory government after May and Foster meet

Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May: power in her  cabinet has shifted since the election to those who favour a soft Brexit. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth

Prime minister’s power severely curbed as cabinet takes control of government policy

 British prime minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street on the way to a meeting of the Conservative Party’s 1922 Committee. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

PM tells 1922 backbench committee ‘I got us into this mess and I’m going to get us out of it’

Michael Gove: returning to the British cabinet as environment secretary. Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Friendless prime minister now a hostage to Conservative factions and DUP

Anti-Conservative Party and anti-DUP demonstrators in Parliament Square in front of the Houses of Parliament in London on Sunday. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Most positions unchanged as George Osborne calls May ‘dead woman walking’

Leaving Downing Street: Theresa May on her way to Buckingham Palace on Friday after her party lost its parliamentary majority. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

The Conservative leader underestimated the threat of Corbyn’s ‘coalition of chaos’

Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters and detractors agree that he ran an outstanding campaign. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga

Labour leader came across much better than his many detractors thought possible

Theresa May and her husband, Philip May, walk back into No 10 Downing Street following her speech on Friday. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Prime minister clinging to power by a thread after disastrous gamble on early election

Theresa May: it can be only a matter of time before she steps down. Photograph:  Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty

Analysis: Jeremy Corbyn, once derided, secures extra seats on a left-wing manifesto

Theresa May called a snap election in April as she faced Brexit negotiations. File photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

British prime minister to reshuffle cabinet posts following general election losses

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn arriving to cast his vote in the UK general election at a polling station in Pakeman school in Islington, north London on  Thursday. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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