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

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

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