Theresa May’s speech in Florence, her third major set-piece address in Brexit in the past year, was a further step in the British government’s slow journey towards accepting the weakness of its own negotiating position.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

In choosing Florence as the setting for a speech designed to break the deadlock in the Brexit talks, Theresa May was presumably invoking the symbolism(...)

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

European leaders have given a cautious welcome to Theresa May’s call for Britain’s relationship with the European Union to remain almost unchanged unt(...)

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

Theresa May is on Friday expected to propose a transitional deal with the European Union for up to two years after Brexit, during which time Britain w(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (right) with European Parliament Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt on his arrival at Government Buildings, Dublin, where Mr. Verhofstadt will address a special meeting of three Oireachtas Committee in the Dail chamber. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 21, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator has said that Europe will not allow Ireland to suffer because of Britain’s decision to leave the Eur(...)

EU commissioner Phil Hogan has accused British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of indulging in “referendum rhetoric” over Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson

EU commissioner Phil Hogan has accused British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of indulging in “referendum rhetoric” over Brexit. Mr Hogan said he e(...)

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson recently published his personal blueprint for Brexit. Photograph: Arno Mikkor /AP

Boris Johnson has been “behaving strangely” since he published his personal blueprint for Brexit and is clearly “out of the loop” in relation to withd(...)

Peter OReilly, Benjamin Russell and Christopher Cull in    Benjamin Britten’s opera ‘Owen Wingrave’. Photograph: Frances Marshall

Opera in the cinema may be all the rage. But opera on television has a much longer history, dating back to the earliest days of the medium in the 1930(...)

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

Theresa May has called a special cabinet meeting on Thursday to discuss the final draft of her speech on Brexit in Florence the following day and to (...)

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

Theresa May has attempted to reassert her authority over Brexit, insisting that her government is united and distancing herself from Boris Johnson’s (...)

It is tempting to view each of Boris Johnson’s actions through the prism of his personal ambition and selfishness, the two great animating forces of h(...)