Gina Miller, the lead claimant in the article 50 case, delivering  a statement outside the supreme court in London on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Decision that devolved legislatures do not need to be consulted a boost for government

 British defence secretary  Michael Fallon   at a nuclear submarine facility in October: he assured the House of Commons on Monday that “the capability and effectiveness of the United Kingdom’s independent nuclear deterrent is not in doubt.” Photograph: Phil Noble/WPA Pool/Getty

Downing Street confirms PM knew about test failure ahead of vote to renew nuclear deterrent

British prime minister Theresa May holds a regional cabinet meeting in Runcorn, Cheshire, as she launched her industrial strategy for post-Brexit Britain. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

British Prime minister says more government intervention could revitalise economy

British prime minister Theresa May: declined to say if she would specifically criticise Mr Trump’s remarks about women. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Corbyn warns PM against rushing into trade deal when she meets US president this week

 President Donald Trump salutes during the presidential inaugural parade in Washington, DC. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Graceless, angry and dystopian address extols doctrine of protectionist politics

Labour’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer: While   Liberal Democrat and SNP representatives objected to Theresa May’s plan, he welcomed the fact that the prime minister wasn’t advocating an even harder Brexit. Photograph: PA Wire

London Letter: Party spokesman sees focus on single market as sign of moderation

 British foreign secretary Boris Johnson compared French president François Hollande to a POW camp guard in a second World War film. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Prime minister declines to reiterate threat to walk away from negotiations as minsters resort to rhetoric

Theresa May: The prime minister pauses during her keynote Brexit speech on Tuesday. May said staying in the single market would keep the UK under the influence of EU law, which would be contrary to the result of the referendum last June. Photograph: EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

Theresa May’s priorities reflect political reality: Immigration must be controlled

British prime minister Theresa May delivers her keynote speech on Brexit at Lancaster House, London on January 17th 2017. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/ WPA Pool /Getty Images

Sturgeon says Scottish referendum more likely now while Ukip claims credit for policies

Border control at London’s Heathrow Airport: prime minister Theresa May  wants Britain to be able to negotiate its own, bilateral trade deals with countries around the world. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

British PM Theresa May wants to negotiate new customs arrangement with the EU

British prime minister Theresa May arriving back at Downing Street in London after delivering her Brexit speech at Lancaster House. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Analysis: Theresa May brought clarity but it may not count for much when the EU hits back

UK prime minister Theresa May outlining her plans for Brexit on Tuesday. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

Theresa May says maintaining Common Travel Area is a priority in keynote speech

Shoppers in central London: it has been clear since October that Britain is heading inexorably towards a hard Brexit. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

Analysis: May speech unlikely to give specifics of her approach to Brexit negotiations

British prime minister Theresa May. Signs that she is preparing to adopt an uncompromising approach to the Brexit talks have alarmed British business. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

British prime minister will make it clear that the UK will make a clean break from the EU

Northern  Secretary  James Brokenshire sets the date for a fresh Assembly  election, to be held on March 2nd. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Theresa May rules out postponing Brexit talks launch, due before the end of March

A person stands behind textured glass at an address  linked by local media to former MI6 officer Christopher Steele, who is currently in hiding. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Think tank says Russia would have targeted US president-elect due to links with oligarchs

British Labour  leader Jeremy Corbyn, described by one of his party MPs  as being “like the accelerator on a bus that’s going over a cliff”. Photograph:Toby Melville/Reuters

Party’s share of vote could fall to 20% in next election

British prime minister Theresa May: says she hopes  dispute between  DUP and Sinn Féin will  be resolved by next week. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

British prime minister discusses political impasse with Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Mark Carney: The governor of the Bank of England said the “scale of the immediate risks [from Brexit] has gone down.” Photograph: PA Wire

Bank of England governor had warned of economic consequences of Leave vote

Brexit: Theresa May could use negotiations to redraw UK politics. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

The sudden departure of Ivan Rogers suggests disarray in London. But Theresa May has a chance to reinforce her power

File image of Tim Barrow, Britain’s new ambassador to the EU. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Tim Barrow will replace Ivan Rogers following diplomat’s sudden resignation

 Sir Ivan Rogers, who has resigned as Britain’s ambassador to the European Union. In his extraordinary farewell message to colleagues, Rogers urged them to challenge “ill-founded arguments and muddled thinking” in government and never to be afraid to speak the truth to those in power. Photograph: Thierry Roge/EPA

Analysis: Ambassador to EU’s departure shows British government is at sea on key issues

The sudden resignation of Britain’s ambassador to the EU has increased fears of a hard Brexit. File photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Irish fear of hard Brexit grows as top British diplomat Ivan Rogers resigns

Britain’s ambassador to the European Union Ivan Rogers has resigned. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Departure of long-serving diplomat at critical time described as government ‘own goal’

A  woman in Berlin holds some    euro bills  shortly after midnight on  January 1st, 2002. Photograph: Roberto Pfeil/AP

Europe’s single currency – 15 years old on January 1st – has survived numerous crises

A pedestrian shelters from the rain as they walk near the Palace of Westminster, London. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty

British PM has confidence of her party but she should savour her popularity

Conor McGinn: “For me and most of my colleagues, there’s now no apology going to be made for putting our families and our health and security first.”

The Armagh-born MP for St Helens in Merseyside has limited his interaction on social media since the death of his colleague

UK prime minister Theresa May declined to rule out introducing passport checks for people travelling between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

British PM suggests favourable deals likely to revolve around reciprocity for Brits abroad

Theresa May has promised to invoke article 50 by the end of March. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Discussions overshadowed by a dispute over the role the European Parliament will play

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May has advocated a tough line on Syria and an extension of sanctions on Russia. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

London Letter: UK faces leaving EU as US president looks for new relationships

UK prime minister Theresa May   at the  European Union   leaders’ summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Theresa May uses EU summit to urge action over rights of UK citizens living in EU

British prime minister Theresa May arriving for the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels on Thursday. “It’s right that the other leaders prepare for those negotiations as we have been preparing,” she said of today’s Brexit talks. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

Britain will not be present at evening talks, with Syria and Ukraine on main summit agenda

The UK’s Brexit secretary David Davis has said he is “determined” to keep an open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic after leaving the European Union.  Photograph: PA Wire.

David Davis tells MPs that Norway-Sweden frontier could offer model for Ireland

Theresa May: has ruled out unilateral offer to EU citizens now living in Britain. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

Leading lawyer says unilateral action would lead to reciprocal action by EU countries

Philip Hammond with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: The chancellor of the exchequer   has backed a mutually beneficial post-Brexit transitional deal. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

British chancellor claims ‘thoughtful people’ see need for negotiations beyond two years

British prime minister Theresa May and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. File photograph: Stefan Rousseau/Reuters

Best deal would seek to maintain open boundary between North and South

The Houses of Parliament in London, Britain. A House of Lords EU committee favours a bilateral Brexit deal with the Republic. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA

House of Lords committee wants deal to minimise impact on the Border and trade

A video feed from inside the supreme court in London. The court is to decide whether Theresa May’s government can trigger article 50 and start the Brexit process without a parliamentary vote. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Hearing considered many arguments, but not whether exit process could be revoked

British prime minister Theresa May is set to trigger article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty by the end of March 2017. Photograph:  Stefan Wermuth/Pool/Getty Images

Leading UK barrister argues best scenario would be if Britain were to remain in EEA

The Alan Turing computerised poem/artwork at Paddington. Photograph:  Julia Kreitman

London’s latest public art work speaks to us from beyond the grave

 Anti-Brexit protesters gather  outside the supreme court in London on Thursday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Northern Ireland cases heard during UK government appeal against article 50 ruling

Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan discussed Brexit in London on Wednesday with a number of MPs, including Labour’s Hillary Benn, who chairs the Commons select committee on Brexit. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Labour’s Keir Starmer says MPs and public are entitled to know Theresa May’s plans

NI victims campaigner Raymond McCord, who is  taking a case in the British supreme court.  Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Britain’s supreme court hears successive agreements have moved sovereignty to North

British prime minister Theresa May arrives at Riffa Fort in Manama, Bahrain,  during a three-day visit to attend the Gulf Co-operation Council summit. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

British PM agrees to show plans for leaving EU before triggering formal exit negotiations

   Northern Ireland attorney general  John Larkin speaking at the UK supreme court on the second day of a hearing to decide whether or not parliamentary approval is needed before the British government can begin Brexit negotiations . Photograph: AFP/Supreme Court/Getty

UK supreme court may hear argument that Stormont should have say on article 50

Gina Miller leaves the supreme court in London after the first day of the challenge against a ruling that Theresa May’s government requires parliamentary approval to start the process of leaving the EU. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Attorney general tells supreme court it was wrong to rule that MPs must have their say

Paul Green, president and founder of Halcyon Gallery, stands in front of Bob Dylan’s painting Endless Highway at the gallery during a preview of his artwork in London this month. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

London Letter: Three-floor Mayfair show has 250 drawings, paintings and ironworks

British chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond looks over his autumn statement in his office at 11 Downing Street  on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images

Chancellor exposes damage Brexit is wreaking on British economy

The British and Irish governments, along with the devolved administration in Northern Ireland, have said they want to preserve the Common Travel Area after Brexit. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Law professor says any agreement will need consent of other EU member states

UK chancellor Philip Hammond delivers his autumn statement in the House of Commons. Photograph: PA Wire

Britain can expect slower growth, higher inflation and more borrowing, minister warns

David Davis (left) and Guy Verhofstadt: Their meeting was described as ‘constructive’. Photograph:   PA Wire

UK’s Brexit minister David Davis meets senior EU negotiators for talks on leaving EU

Donald Trump and Nigel Farage at Trump Tower on November 12, 2016 in New York City. Photograph: Nigel Farage/PA Wire

Farage ‘enormously flattered’ after unprecedented move by incoming US president

Mikhail Khodorkovsky on trial in Russia in 2005: While in prison, the businessman transformed into a political dissident. Photograph: Alexander Natruskin/Reuters

Putin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsy speaks out as he attempts to unfreeze €100m

Mikhail Khodorkovsky: ‘If there are no more questions, then I expect to be given the money back.’ Photograph: Bartek Sadowski/Bloomberg

Russian ex-magnate claims he has answered all Garda questions about source of money

The Cyronics Institute facility in Clinton township, Michigan, where the body of a 14-year-old British girl and 142 other bodies are being preserved. Photograph: EPA/Cryonics Institute

Case of British girl winning battle to have body frozen throws technology into spotlight

Mr Justice Peter Jackson ruled that nothing about the case should be reported while she was alive. Photograph: Getty Images

UK court rules body can be cryogenically frozen in hope she can later be brought back to life

Glenda Jackson as King Lear and Rhys Ifans as the Fool in  King Lear  at the Old Vic Theatre. Photograph: Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty Images

Brexiteers’ fear they will be betrayed and Remainers that they already have been

Prison officers went on strike briefly this week to draw attention to growing disorder, overcrowding and staff shortages in British prisons. File photograph: Getty Images

Police to investigate as government pressed to reduce numbers of prisoners

JD Wetherspoon’s The Coronet pub in London. File photograph: Google Street View

Tens of thousands in compensation due over refusal of service in noted pub ‘The Coronet’

The report found that 45 per cent backed passport checks on visitors from Ireland, with 29 per cent opposed and 25 per cent with no opinion. Photograph: Alan Betson

MPs told there will be have to a customs border on island of Ireland  

British PM Theresa May has little choice but to cling to the special relationship and hope for the best. Photograph: Getty Images

British press less than impressed by president-elect’s tardy call to prime minister

The Capital Building in Washington, seat of the US Congress. The president is entitled to withhold information from Congress, the courts and the public in the interests of national security. Photograph: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Incoming president will have command of the armed forces and can veto legislation

Photographs: Grzegorz Momot/EPA; Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg; Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images; Chantal Briand/AFP/Getty Images

Election night and the US political climate have uncanny echoes of Brexit referendum

Queen Elizabeth has unveiled a portrait of herself by Northern Ireland painter Colin Davidson at a reception for Cooperation Ireland at Crosby Hall

Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald praised promotion peace and reconciliation

Bernard Hogan-Howe: The Metropolitan Police commissioner apologised for the actions of his officers in Operation Midland. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Officers investigating high-profile figures made serious errors, judge-led inquiry finds

Britain’s Prince Harry has alleged that the media is intruding into the private life of his new American girlfriend, actor Meghan Markle.  Photograph:  PA Wire.

Statement says actor Meghan Markle has been ‘subject to a wave of abuse and harassment’

A selection of the front pages of British newspapers taken on Friday following the  UK high court ruling yesterday that the Conservative government do not have the power on their own to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Photograph: Benjamin Fathers/AFP/Getty Images

UK press reacts to high court’s Brexit ruling, with some newspapers criticising judges

Lead claimant in article 50 case Gina Miller gives a statement outside  the high court after it ruled that the government cannot trigger Brexit  without parliamentary approval.  Photograph: Hannah McKay/EPA

Despite most MPs wanting to remain, a Commons vote against move is improbable

The government had argued that it could invoke article 50 without parliamentary approval, using royal prerogative, a set of executive powers.  Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Court decision means parliament – where two-thirds of MPs opposed Brexit – must vote

Ukip  donor Arron Banks said Nigel Farage’s departure had “caused the pressure cooker to explode”. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Contenders in destructive leadership race include Paul Nuttall and John Rees-Evans

NIESR predicted a decline of 35-44 per cent in Britain’s trade in goods with the EU   if Britain secures a free-trade agreement with the European Economic Area.

NIESR says trade in goods likely to decline by up to 44 per cent after article 50 activated

Granville Williams of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign: MPs  accused home secretary Amber Rudd of betraying members of the campaign after leading them to believe she would approve an inquiry. Photograph:  Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty Images

Government refuses to hold inquiry into police conduct during 1984 miners’ strike clash

Hillary Clinton: has a strong emotional attachment to Ireland.  Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

London Letter: Democratic candidate may prove less Anglophile than Brexiteers wish

Former taoisigh John Bruton and  Bertie Ahern at the European Union select committee in the House of Lords in London. Photograph: PA Wire

Former taoisigh addressing House of Lords committee about Brexit impact on Ireland

The Conservative government will seek to assuage doubts about expanding Heathrow by proposing a 6.5 hour ban on night flights. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Tory MP triggers byelection after stepping down in protest over ‘doomed’ decision

Martin McGuinness and Arlene Foster speaking to journalists after attending the  meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee in Downing Street  on Monday. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

British prime minister rules out special deals for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Northern Irish First Minister Arlene Foster and her deputy Martin McGuinness outside 10 Downing Street  after holding talks with British prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Leaders of devolved administrations range from muted to contemptuous after meeting

British Prime minister Theresa May has said the Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) would give Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales an official channel to influence Brexit negotiations before they start next spring.  Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Forum to give leaders of Wales, Scotland and NI ‘official channel’ to influence talks

British prime minister Theresa May is welcomed by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at the EC headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Reuters

Summit told UK departure to be ‘smooth’ as leaders haggle over Russia and Canada

British prime minister Theresa May at the  European Union leaders summit in Brussels: Speaking after the meeting, she  struck a conciliatory tone, stressing that she wanted to “cement” Britain as a close partner of the EU after Brexit. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Tusk reminds British PM where her loyalty lies while Merkel tackles language question

The hope in Whitehall is that a withdrawal treaty with transitional arrangements will ensure the smoothest possible exit from the EU.

Without transitional arrangements the relationship with the EU will ‘fall off a cliff’

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan with EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager at a European Union finance ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg in 2012. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Margrethe Vestager defends Apple ruling as State intensifies discussions with Brussels

British prime minister Theresa May talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels also attended by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, seen on the right. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Tusk asks British prime minister to clarify hard-Brexit comments at party conference

British prime minister Theresa May during prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons. Sitting behind her is chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond, who suggested this week that other ministers have been briefing the media against him in an effort to push the British government towards seeking a “hard Brexit”. Photograph: PA Wire

British prime minister to rule out second referendum on Europe despite speculation

Ukip party chairman Paul Oakden: dismissed North-West England MEP Steven Woolfe’s resignation as a side issue. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Ukip chairman says party must focus on finding Nigel Farage’s successor as leader

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May: her government has agreed to allow MPs to debate its Brexit negotiating position before the start of formal exit talks next year but has ruled out a parliamentary vote that could veto the triggering of article 50. Photograph: Matt Cardy/PA Wire

UK government holds view parliamentary vote is needed before formal exit talks

President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to Eva Gore-Booth. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Leader describes Constance Markievicz’s sister as a ‘remarkable figure’ in history

The Beatles  entered their most creative phase in the second half of the 1960s: costumes used on the  cover of “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” feature in the V&A exhibition. Photograph: BIPs/Getty Images

A new exhibition about the decade celebrates Britain when it was at its most thrilling

Pro-European Union protesters demonstrate against Brexit at the entrance to the Royal Courts of Justice, Britain’s high court, in London on Thursday. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty

British high court considers legality of invoking article 50 without Commons vote

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband said the referendum had left Britain deeply divided and that both sides in the debate had a responsibility to help build a national consensus around Brexit. Photograph: PA Wire

PM bows to pressure from Labour and Tories but rules out vote in parliament

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson speaking  about Syria  in the House of Commons  on  Tuesday.  Photograph: PA

UK foreign secretary calls for investigation but says ‘we cannot commit to a no-fly zone’

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire speaks on stage at the Conservative Party Conference 2016 in Birmingham, England. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

NI secretary says no reason to suppose UK leaving EU will damage ‘strong’ Anglo-Irish ties

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire: “Our focus is to strengthen the external border of the Common Travel Area, building on the strong collaboration with our Irish partners.” Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Both governments envisage an enhancement of existing systems of information exchange

 Amber Rudd delivers  her first speech as home secretary on the third day of the Conservative Party conference  in Birmingham. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Amber Rudd proposes businesses should declare proportion of non-UK workers

Prime Minister Theresa May makes her keynote speech as she closes the 2016 Conservative Conference in Birmingham. Photograph by Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Will prime minister’s vision be enough to stem the rise of right-wing populism?

Nigel Farage: the fisticuffs at the European Parliament capped a chaotic week that saw him return to the helm following the resignation of Diane James after just 18 days as leader. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

‘Altercation’ in Strasbourg seals Ukip’s reputation as most dysfunctional UK party

 Diane Abbott, who has become the shadow home secretary as part of a reshuffle announced by British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Nick Brown and Diane Abbott among those promoted as Rosie Winterton sacked

     Nigel Farage with newly elected Ukip leader Diane James on September 16th. The MEP has resigned after 18 days in the job. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Diane James resigns after 18 days, citing lack of authority and support from party

British prime minister Theresa May delivering her keynote speech to the Conservative party conference in Birmingham. Photograph: PA

British leader will need intestinal fortitude to overturn Margaret Thatcher’s legacy

British prime minister Theresa May: “All that should matter is the talent you have and how hard you’re prepared to work.” Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Bigger role envisioned for state in shaping the economy and controlling immigration

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