A woman holds up a sign that reads “Peace will win, fear will lose” during a vigil in Albert Square in Manchester on Tuesday,  in solidarity with those killed and injured in Monday’s terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Several raids carried out in south Manchester, including Abedi’s last-known address

British prime minister Theresa May  delivers a statement outside number 10 Downing Street  on Tuesday. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Theresa May will benefit from security becoming a key issue

People rush out of the Arndale shopping centre as it is evacuated in Manchester on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

City mostly calm on Tuesday morning as people come to terms with scale of tragedy

Concert goers leave the Manchester Arena after the explosion. Photograph: AFP

Analysis: Fact that it was a bombing rather than a low-tech attack will alarm police

High alert: An armed police officer at Manchester Piccadilly railway station following the bombing at the Manchester Arena on Monday night. Photograph: Bloomberg

It is possible a ‘wider group of individuals’ were responsible for Manchester explosion, says Theresa May

British prime minister Theresa May: “I’ve seen the way that Jeremy Corbyn wants to sneak into Number 10 by playing on the fears of older and vulnerable people, and I’ve clarified what we will be putting in the green paper which I set out in the manifesto.” Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

PM announces change after blaming ‘fake claims’ by Jeremy Corbyn on home care policy

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn: faced criticism in the Conservative-supporting press after he declined on Sunday to condemn IRA bombings without also condemning loyalist bomb attacks. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Northern Ireland secretary weighs in on controversy over Labour leader’s interview

British work and pensions secretary Damian Green: he said £100,000 was a “reasonable inheritance” to pass on. Photograph: Getty Images

Conservatives rule out changing plan for elderly home care despite party’s drop in polls

British prime minister Theresa May. “Until now, May kept the door to the customs union slightly ajar. The manifesto slammed it shut.” Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

World View: Hopes fade that May will soften approach if she gets large majority

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Reuters/Michael Kooren

At Ireland Funds event in London Enda Kenny warns a hard Border is ‘unacceptable’

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron: Alone among the main parties, the Liberal Democrats are promising a second referendum on Brexit. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

London Letter: Fewer than half who voted Remain have the appetite to resist Brexit

Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, launches her election manifesto in Halifax. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/EPA

British PM’s proposals aimed at capturing Labour and Ukip voters

British prime minister Theresa May at the  launch of the Conservative manifesto in Halifax. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Theresa May pitches message to Labour and Ukip voters with tax and pensions policies

Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron: “There was nothing on the ballot paper that said that people and families from Europe who have made this country their home would be left in limbo, not knowing if they can stay in the country they raise their kids in. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Party leader Tim Farron says electorate last year did not vote to pull out of single market

Chancellor Philip Hammond with British prime minister Theresa May at a press conference in Canary Wharf, London on Wednesday.  May refused to confirm that Hammond would remain as chancellor after the election. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Reports of a rift between two senior Tories were not dispelled at morning briefing

Jeremy Corbyn at the launch of the Labour Party manifesto in Bradford. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Jeremy Corbyn says ‘plan is a programme of hope, while Tory campaign is built on fear’

Jeremy Corbyn at the launch in Bradford of the Labour Party manifesto for the General Election. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Labour are doing better in the polls, but unfortunately for them, so are the Tories

 Supporters stand in a river bed  to listen to Labour Jeremy Corbyn at an election rally  in Hebden Bridge on Monday. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Labour leader to launch party manifesto with attack on May’s pledge to workers

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he will not resign if he loses the British general election. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA

London Letter: Schism in beckons if leader does not step down in wake of likely defeat

Jeremy Corbyn: defended Labour’s leaked manifesto, which promises to renationalise the railways, the Royal Mail and part of the energy market and to build 100,000 new council homes a year. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Prime minister will say Labour manifesto is a return to ‘disastrous socialist policies’

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn boards a bus after a campaign event in Sheffield on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Analysis: For the first time in the campaign, the focus is on the party’s policies

Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron joins pupils for a cookery class at Lewannick Primary School in Cornwall on Wednesday, where he was campaigning in the general election. He accused the Conservatives of driving “a battle bus and horses” through the spirit of the electoral law. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

CPS says there is insufficient evidence to prosecute politicians and party officials

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party,  canvasses in the party’s general election campaign  in Leeds. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Labour chief refuses six times to say whether Britain would quit EU if he becomes PM

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn at the party’s general election campaign launch at Event City in Manchester on Tuesday. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

‘Monsieur Zen is fine,’ says Labour leader in face of onslaught of media criticism

 British prime minister Theresa May being applauded at a general election campaign event in Harrow, London, on Monday. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/EPA

Big Conservative victory will help in Brexit negotiations, prime minister argues

Outgoing French president Francois Hollande and president-elect Emmanuel Macron at a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during the second World War, in Paris on Monday. Photograph: Francois Mori/AFP/Getty Images

Le Pen defeat is good news for Britain, but pro-EU Macron is unlikely to give an inch in talks

Scottish Tories:  Conservative party members Kyle Thornton, Ade Aibinu, Robert Connely, David Meikle, Thomas Kerr, Euan Blockley, Tony Curtis and Phillip Charles celebrate victory after ballot papers were counted in the local elections, at the Emirates Stadium in Glasgow. Photograph: John Linton/PA

Labour and Ukip the main losers as Lib Dem recovery stalls

Liberal Democrat candidate for Chelmsford West Jude Deakin celebrates with colleagues after retaining her seat in the Essex County Council local elections in Chelmsford, Essex. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Raw vote share suggests Theresa May’s snap election gamble will pay off handsomely

Prince Philip leaves Buckingham Palace on Thursday following news that he is to stand down from royal public events from September. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Prime minister and leader of Labour Party lead tributes to Duke of Edinburgh

Gina Miller, who has raised more than £350,000 to fund Best for Britain, which hopes to persuade voters to back the most viable alternative to the Tories. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images

London Letter: Businesswoman Gina Miller says she now receives death threats daily

 UK prime minister Theresa May arrives at Buckingham Palace for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA/Getty Images

PM claims ‘some in Brussels’ intentionally misrepresenting Brexit approach

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May eating chips during a campaign stop in Mevagissey, Cornwall, on Tuesday. Photograph:  Dylan Martinez/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prime minister insists after Juncker leak controversy that sides have common ground

 British prime minister Theresa May welcoming European Commission president Jean-Claude  Juncker at Downing Street last week. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Analysis: As British media rail at Juncker, European Commission remains relaxed

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker is reportedly more pessimistic about reaching a  Brexit deal with the UK after a dinner with British prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: EPA

Commission president leaves ‘Downing Street 10 times more sceptical than I was before’

British prime minister Theresa May said  ‘nothing is agreed until everything is agreed’ on Brexit. Photograph: PA

‘What [EU leaders] are very clear about is, yes, they do want to start discussions about money’

Labour former prime minister Tony Blair: “The reality of this election, if the polls are right, is that the Tories will win.” Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

‘This is obviously a matter of great sadness,’ former British prime minister says of EU exit

An organiser adjusts the British flag, prior to the EU leaders’ summit on Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: John ThysAFP/Getty Images

Analysis: Irish prominence in EU negotiating guidelines is due to months of graft and cunning

 Enda Kenny told reporters in Brussels that the purpose of the  statement was to ensure  Brexit ‘does not undermine any provision of the Good Friday Agreement’ rather than to move towards Irish unity. Photograph: EPA

Way clear for North to automatically become part of EU if its people vote for united Ireland

EU officials say that a statement, known in Brussels as the “Kenny text”, has already been approved in principle.

Taoiseach to ask that ‘entire territory’ be part of EU in event of North voting for unification

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: he  said the draft guidelines published in advance of the summit “fell short of what is required from Ireland’s perspective”

Fianna Fáil leader says Ireland may need to push for EU rule changes in Brexit talks

Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council. File photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

EUleaders will agree to take a tough approach in negotiations with UK on Brexit

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May speaks to supporters at a campaign event at Shine Centre in Leeds on Thursday evening. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/Reuters

Prime minister is the alpha and the omega of the Conservatives’ election campaign

Theresa May at the Brackla Community Centre, in Bridgend, Wales, this week: a bigger majority could give her more leeway in negotiations with the EU. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

London Letter: An enhanced majority could help prime minister make a slower Brexit

British prime minister Theresa May speaks to supporters at an election campaign  in Leeds on Thursday. Photograph:  Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

Foreign secretary claimed prime minister shared his view on possible UK air strikes

 Theresa May during prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday. She repeated again and again that she alone could provide the “strong and stable leadership” Britain needs as it begins negotiations to leave the EU.   Photograph: PA Wire

New polls shows Conservatives hold huge lead over Labour and underline May’s popularity

Labour’s shadow secretary of state for exiting the European Union Keir Starmer sits in the audience before delivering a speech on Labour’s Brexit policy on Tuesday. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Too late to undo damage after months of dithering, confusion and compromise

Labour’s  Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer delivers a speech on the party’s Brexit policy in central London on Tuesday. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Spokesman attempts to bring clarity on party’s Brexit policy

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told the Scottish Trade Union Conference how a Labour government would strengthen workers’ rights. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Sturgeon urges Corbyn to agree to scrapping Trident nuclear programme for good

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron delivering leaflets in Manchester: “We will use every seat we get and every vote we get in the election to strengthen our hand to make sure we push against a hard Brexit.” Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

UK election: Tim Farron has lots to smile about, with chaos in Labour and plenty of new recruits

Tony Blair: MPs should “keep an open mind on this Brexit negotiation until we see the final terms”. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Former Labour PM tells UK voters to elect Conservatives if necessary

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May: if her gamble on an early general election is to pay off with a substantially bigger Conservative majority, she must win dozens of Labour seats. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA

The election may bolster the Tories at home. But such punch may be puny in Europe

Boost for Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn: his ally Len McCluskey was re-elected leader of Unite, Britain’s biggest union, on Friday. Photograph:  Matt Cardy/Getty Images

PM to continue spending 0.7% of Britain’s economic output on international aid

British prime minister Theresa May leaving 10 Downing Street on Wednesday. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images

London Letter: French and German campaigns offer little comfort for UK negotiators

Fintan O’Toole is this year’s winner in a field that included John Harris’s brilliant commentaries on Britain’s EU referendum from the Guardian. Photograph: Clare Keogh/Provision

European Press Prize: more than 600 entries submitted from 39 countries

British prime minister Theresa May during a visit to radar manufacturer Kelvin Hughes Limited in Enfield, north London. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour on defensive over second Brexit referendum on first full day of campaigning

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn looks up following his first speech of the British general election campaign on Thursday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

UK Labour leader launches election campaign with attack on media and the powerful

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May delivers a speech to Conservative Party members, in Bolton, England. Photograph: Andrew Yates - WPA Pool/Getty Images

British prime minister attacks Labour and the SNP as MPs approve general election

British prime minister Theresa May:  The opposition has accused her of breaking her word on everything from Brexit to calling an early election. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images

Theresa May will stay out of leaders’ debate, while opposition MPs will fight their corners

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May: “A general election will provide the country with five years of strong and stable leadership.” Photograph: Andrew Yates

Opposition MPs criticise British PM’s decision as a refusal to put her case to public

 Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn during a visit to Birmingham Carers’ Hub.  Earlier Theresa May called a snap general election for June 8th. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Bigger majority would be confidence vote in Brexit management

British prime minister Theresa May  outside 10 Downing Street on Tuesday. Ms May called an early general election for June 8th.  Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

British PM says strong poll result would strengthen her hand in EU negotiations

Television crews arrange their lighting and recording equipment in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament in central London after British prime minister Theresa May on Tuesday called for an early election. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Elections and democracy about public debate, says Corbyn, as MPs prepare to vote

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn during a visit to Birmingham Carers Hub on Tuesday  to launch Labour’s proposed carer’s allowance increase in Birmingham. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Labour leader speaks of his party offering ‘a clear and credible choice’ to UK voters

British prime minister Theresa May outside 10 Downing Street on Tuesday. There were doubts that she was set to call an election, not least because she has repeatedly ruled it out. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

PM’s election U-turn causes discomfort as MPs scramble to prepare for campaign

British prime minister Theresa May in Downing Street in London announcing her decision to seek a snap general elction.  Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Analysis: Political case for early election is compelling – but it also carries risks for the PM

British prime minister Theresa May makes a statement to the nation in Downing Street. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivias/AFP

Officials say British prime minister reiterated there would be no hard border with Republic

A woman poses with  ‘Life Painting for a Diploma’ (1962), by British artist David Hockney, at the ‘Queer British Art 1861-1967’ exhibition at the Tate Britain in London, England. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

London Letter: Tate Britain’s landmark show tells a story of courage, shame and sex

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson: cancelled a planned visit to Moscow on Sunday, apparently in deference to his US counterpart, Rex Tillerson. Photograph: Petros Giannakouris/AP

Political reality is that Theresa May can offer only verbal support to the US over Syria

Royal reception: Theresa May made her Brexit remarks during a visit to Saudi Arabia, where she met King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (right) and Deputy Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman. Photograph: Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP/Getty

London Letter: Amid Conservative threats of war with Spain over Gibraltar, PM now says freedoms may continue after UK’s EU departu(...)

 Former Labour mayor of London Ken Kivingstone, who faces a new inquiry by his party into remarks he has made about Hitler and Zionism. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Prime minister hits out as opposition party orders new inquiry into Ken Livingstone remarks

King Abdullah II of Jordan with British prime minster Theresa May during their visit to  a military base near Amman on Monday. Photograph:  Jordanian Royal Palace/AFP/Getty Images

House of Commons Brexit committee warns about impact on Ireland and Border concerns

 People cross the border from Spain to Gibraltar on Monday at La Linea de la Concepcion, Spain. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Analysis: Britain says it will not be sending a Falklands-style task force to defend the Rock

British prime Minister Theresa May and defence secretary Michael Fallon:  The negotiations had to cover both a trade deal and issues such as counter-terrorism and police co-operation, said Mr Fallon. Photograph: PA Wire

Defence secretary warns on failure to reach a deal, while Theresa May reassures Gibraltar

British prime minister Theresa May. Her warm words in her letter to European Council president Donald Tusk this week met with a brisk and businesslike response. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Tusk makes clear no bilateral deals will be tolerated, though Irish concerns a priority

European Council president Donald Tusk speaks at a press conference on Friday in Valletta, Malta, where he issued draft guidelines on how the EU intends to negotiate Britain’s departure from it. Photograph: Domenic Aquilina/EPA

Proposed Spanish veto on trade deal because of Gibraltar angers Conservatives

 European Council president Donald Tusk delivers a speech during the European People’s Party congress in Malta, where he outlined the EU’s opening stance in the Brexit negotiations. Photograph: Matthew Mirabelli/AFP/Getty Images

Analysis: Opening stance on Brexit says EU wants successful talks but will prepare for failure

Theresa May demanded negotiations on Britain’s departure should run concurrently with talks about future trade arrangements. Germany’s Angela Merkel and French president François Hollande rejected the proposal. Photograph: Andy Rain

London Letter: Teasing out article 50 may give way to parsing articles 207 and 218

Time limit on “Henry VIII clauses”? Britain’s Brexit secretary David Davis. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Parliament to be bypassed as EU law passes into British law in run-up to Brexit

A video grab  shows Britain’s Brexit Minister  David Davis speaking  about the Great Repeal Bill white paper in the House of Commons. Photograph: AFP

Opposition parties call move a power grab despite government saying it is temporary

British PM Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street before heading to the Houses of Parliament to attend the weekly prime minister’s questions  in central London. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Prime minister says it is in Britain’s interest for EU to succeed and prosper

Britain’s permanent representative to the EU Tim Barrow leaves after he delivered  prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit letter in notice of the UK’s intention to leave the bloc  to EU Council president Donald Tusk in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph:  Yves Herman/Reuters

Prime minister promises UK departure from EU will not damage Northern peace process

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May:  Conservatives fail to understand the UK is a multinational state with four nations. Photograph: Parliament TV via Reuters

House of Commons displays spectrum of stances as departure from EU under way

British prime minister Theresa May responds to questions after she announced in the House of Commons  that she has triggered article 50. Photograph: PA Wire

Analysis: British prime minister adopts a conciliatory tone in her letter to Donald Tusk

Spooked by Ukip’s threat to its seats in the north of England, Labour accepted May’s definition of Brexit and trooped in behind the Conservatives to authorise her to trigger article 50 with no preconditions. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Denis Staunton: Choice is now either hard Brexit, or leaving EU with no deal at all

British prime minister Theresa May  signs the article 50 letter, as she prepares to trigger the start of the UK’s formal withdrawal from the EU on Wednesday.  Photograph: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire

Prime minister determined to get best deal for all citizens – including EU nationals

The Scottish parliament  passed a motion that approves the plan of Scottish First Minister Sturgeon to negotiate on a second independence referendum.  Photograph: ROBERT PERRY

Nicola Sturgeon’s call backed as Conservatives rule out second vote until after Brexit

Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire:  “Should the talks not succeed in their objectives, the government will have to consider all options.” Photograph: PA

Brokenshire says in absence of devolved government, UK must provide stability

British prime minster Theresa May: She said she would never allow the UK “to become looser and weaker, or our people to drift apart”.   Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Stand-off suits Sturgeon by fortifying Scotland’s sense of grievance towards England

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon with Britain’s prime minister Theresa May  ahead of their meeting  at a hotel in  Glasgow on Monday. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/AFP/Getty Images

Nicola Sturgeon describes meeting with prime minister as ‘cordial but frustrating’

Republic of Ireland captain Séamus Coleman is carried off the field during his team’s match against Wales, in Dublin. Photograph: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Republic of Ireland captain suffered a double leg fracture in incident during Wales match

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny in Rome for a show of unity with European Union. Photograph:  Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Declaration signed in Rome criticised by Donald Tusk over lack of ‘faith in unity’

Westminster attack: messages at a vigil at Trafalgar Square on Thursday. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

If London was unpanicked by Khalid Masood’s attack, it’s because it’s accustomed to terrorism, having endured numerous atrocities (...)

A red carpet is laid down during the final preparations for an informal European summit commemorationg the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, at Rome’s Piazza del Campidoglio, Capitoline Hill, on Friday. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP

60 years after Treaty of Rome, the argument over a multi-speed Europe is just beginning

People light candles at a vigil in Trafalgar Square on Thursday  in memory of  four people killed in  London  terrorist attack. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Khalid Masood (52) lived in the west midlands and had a number of criminal convictions

British prime minister Theresa May. When she sat down, May was hunched and still as she heard Jeremy  Corbyn and other party leaders praise her response to the attack. Photograph:   Parliament TV/via Reuters

The scene looked familiar, but the tone at Westminster was absent of usual bombast

A police officer places flowers and a photograph of PC Keith Palmer on Whitehall near the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Khalid Masood (52) from Kent had previous convictions but was not under investigation

A policeman points a gun at a man on the ground  outside the Palace of Westminster, London, on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Assailant shot dead after fatal stabbing of police officer beside parliament

Cabinet minister Tobias Ellwood (centre) helps emergency services attend to a police officer  after the officer was stabbed in a terrorist attack outside Westminster. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Boxing team coach and cabinet minister among those who rush to help wounded

Armed police  outside parliament on Wednesday. Scotland Yard said  police were called to a firearms incident in the Westminster  grounds and on Westminster Bridge. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Violence was at one of Britain’s most important and heavily guarded institutions

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