‘The fundamental difference between the UK vision of what this is about and the Franco-German view is that the British still think this is a negotiati(...)

A man tries out TUI’s  “Destination U” prototype, a facial coding pod, developed by Realeyes, which uses emotional measurement technology to guide holidaymakers when selecting a travel destination. Photograph: Matt Crossick/PA

Image of the week: See this face The advertising world loves a spot of neuromarketing, so the only surprising thing about this “Destination U” protot(...)

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

Theresa May travels to Brussels on Thursday with no hope of moving on to talks about a post-Brexit trade deal before December, as other EU leaders exp(...)

  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

Two of Theresa May’s most senior ministers have made sharply contradictory statements about a “no deal” Brexit, with home secretary Amber Rudd saying (...)

UK chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond: rose because of the baseless hunch  people with little outward charisma must possess great depth. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

This time last year, another technocrat of crisp appearance, whose decisions could swing the British economy this way or that, was pressed to resign b(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May is travelling to Brussels on Monday to have talks about Brexit with European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker. Photograph:  Dennis Adrian/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister Theresa May travels to Brussels on Monday for talks over dinner with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker after de(...)

UK chief Brexit negotiator David Davis (left) and the EU’s chief negotiator  Michel Barnier  give a press briefing at the end of the fifth round of negotiations  at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, today. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The frustration of EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier at the Brexit talks press conference was clear. On the one hand placatory, in insisting it was w(...)

Brexit secretary David Davis with Michel Barnier, chief negotiator for the EU. Bereft of developments, creative colleagues in the British press have latched on to supposedly significant “angles”. Photograph: Bloomberg

The news machine, like nature, abhors a vacuum. In the absence of serious news, trivia, old news and rumour acquire status and currency they could nev(...)

Theresa May is greeted by primary pupils during a visit to the Dunraven School in Streatham, south London,  on Monday. Photograph: Geoff Pugh/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

In the novels of Kazuo Ishiguro, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature last week, characters cope with the bleakness of their situation through denia(...)

Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson:  received the most enthusiastic reception of the conference when he spoke on Tuesday. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Prime minister Theresa May will on Wednesday tell her government to shape up and focus on solving Britain’s problems rather than on their own politica(...)