Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: “He is a prime minister with advisers out of control, looking for political stunts to reinforce the insurgent nature of Brexit, happy to sacrifice the rule of law...” Photograph:  Eddie Mulholland

‘The damage is to our standing in the world,’ says former chief justice Igor Judge

 First minister of Wales Mark Drakeford after the  cabinet announced in Cardiff that Wales would  go into national lockdown from Friday until  November 9th. Photograph:   Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

Talks between British government and political leaders in Manchester fail to reach agreement about putting city into Tier 3

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic (centre) arrives at London St Pancras station on Monday. Photograph: Tolga Akmem /AFP

UK says there has to be a ‘fundamental change of approach’

 Britain’s chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove speaks during an appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show in London. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/AFP via Getty Images

Barnier and Frost to speak by phone after claim by Downing Street that talks are over

Michel Barnier: European Union’s chief negotiator faces a difficult challenge in balancing the need for compromise with the determination of EU leaders not to give Britain an unfair competitive advantage. Photograph:  Yves Herman/AFP /Getty Images)

Two sides closer than ever on the substance despite London’s stance that ‘talks are over’

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier: he wrote to his British counterpart David Frost on Friday offering to resume talks in London on Monday. Photograph: Bloomberg

Dutch leader Rutte says negotiations should continue next week despite Johnson warning UK must prepare for no-deal outcome

British prime minister Boris Johnson. Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon condemned what she described as Mr Johnson’s reckless approach to the negotiations. Photograph: PA Wire

Johnson says there must be ‘fundamental change’ in EU’s approach to negotiations if no-deal is to be avoided

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham speaks to the media outside the Central Library in Manchester. Photograph: Martin Rickett/AFP

Manchester mayor criticises ‘experimental’ lockdown strategy as city moved to Tier 3

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson  in the House of Commons in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP via Getty

London Letter: Polls show UK public eager to impose harsh restrictions to suppress virus

In a call with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, above,  and European Council president Charles Michel on Wednesday night, Boris  Johnson said he would reflect before setting out the UK’s next steps in the light of his statement of September 7th. Photograph: AP

UK PM expresses his disappointment more progress had not been made

A welcome to Wales sign near Llangua in Monmouthshire, south-east Wales. Visitors from parts of England may be banned. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA

Johnson leaves door open to temporary lockdown as Starmer calls for ‘circuit breaker’

 Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer (right) leaving the Garden Museum in south London on Tuesday after holding a press conference. Photograph:  Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

Labour leader says the government has lost control of the virus, and is no longer following scientific advice

Customers   in the Richmond pub in Liverpool watch a statement by the British prime minister  Boris Johnson, as parts of the North of England brace  themselves for the most stringent Tier 3 controls. Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA

Prime minister makes no bid to sweeten the pill as he announces new local lockdown measures

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson   during a virtual press conference inside 10 Downing Street   after announcing a new Covid-19 three-tier alert system.  Photograph: Toby Melville/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Liverpool to be under the most severe Tier 3 Covid restrictions from Wednesday

European Council president Charles Michel said, after his call with Boris Johnson, that it was ‘time for the UK to put its cards on the table’. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

European Council president Charles Michel says EU wants a deal ‘but not at any cost’

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon: ‘he presence of alcohol can of course affect people’s willingness to physically distance.’ Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Measures ‘intended to be short, sharp action’ to curb ‘worrying increase in infection’ – Sturgeon

A laptop displays a live broadcast of Boris Johnson’s Conservative party conference speech on Tuesday. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

PM’s jokes in an empty room fall flat as he tries to pretend recent months never happened

UK prime minister Boris Johnson delivers his address to the virtual Conservative party conference. Photograph: PA Video/PA Wire

PM denies illness left him weak and unfocused in speech to Conservative party conference

Britain’s health secretary Matt Hancock speaks in the House of Commons in London on Monday. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP via Getty

Error means contacts went untraced for days and case trajectory is far higher than thought

SNP MP Margaret Ferrier: Nicola Sturgeon says she has committed “possibly the worst breach imaginable” of coronavirus rules. Photograph: Parliament TV/PA

Margaret Ferrier resists call to resign after travel with Covid-19 symptoms and diagnosis

British prime minister Boris Johnson and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, who will meet on a video call on Saturday. File photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Fisheries and level playing field two sticking points on Britain’s path to negotiating ‘tunnel’

Britain has tightened restrictions to stem a surge of coronavirus cases, ordering pubs to close early and advising people to go back to working from home to prevent a second national lockdown. File photograph: Getty

Pandemic growth rate slowing since new measures introduced, says health secretary

 They would boom across the table at one another, sharing robust, right-wing views on current affairs and exchanging bruising banter. Photograph: Getty Images

Italian restaurant and its regulars on edge of despair in shadow of Westminster

Britain’s chief medical officer for England Chris Whitty (left) and Britain’s chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance leave 10 Downing street in London on September 30th. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty

‘Things are heading in the wrong direction,’ says Vallance as 71 further deaths announced

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland said the government was determined that businesses should be able to trade freely in and with Northern Ireland. Photograph: Getty

Changes flagged by Brandon Lewis for goods movements into North from Great Britain

Social-distancing measures appearing to be ignored in the House of Commons earlier this month, after a technology failure forced MPs to join the ‘Mogg conga’ to vote. Photograph: PA

EU has warned it will not agree a free-trade deal unless Bill’s treaty-breaking clauses removed

British prime minister Boris Johnson on his visit to Exeter gave a misleading description of new measures coming into force from midnight on Wednesday in the northeast of England. Photograph: Getty

Doubts emerge over Tory plan after prime minister delivers confused response on virus measures

British health secretary Matt Hancock has hinted at a compromise to head off  likely defeat by Tory rebels on Wednesday. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty

Strong group of critics ahead of MP vote on renewal of powers vested in UK government

British chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove will attend a meeting of the joint committee for implementing the Northern Ireland protocol, on which his government is threatening to renege. Photograph:  Aaron Chown/PA

Risk for Ireland trade deal could be given priority over NI protocol implementation

Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak: New measure subsidises the wages of employees who work at least a third of their normal hours. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty

London signals tax hike for Covid-19 measure with future return to ‘nimble and agile’ state

 Chancellor  Rishi Sunak  updating Britain on his economic measures  to protect jobs and boost the  economy. Photograph:  Getty Images

It may be a time of uncertainty but Jono Edwards at the Junction Bar is very happy

Eugene Drennan, president of the Irish Road Haulage Association, says two-day delays at Dover could add “the best part of week” to a return journey  between Ireland and  Italy. Photograph: Getty Images

UK government warns of possible queues of 7,000 lorries in the port of Dover, and two-day delays to cross to continental Europe

 Michael Gove: he said the permit system would be enforced by police and by number plate recognition. Photograph:  EPA/Neil Hall

Haulage representatives criticise government’s lack of preparation for looming changes

Boris Johnson:  “We are looking at a massive package now of investment in jobs and growth in the short, medium and long term.” Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Prime minister defends his assertion that testing and tracing did not affect spread of coronavirus

UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP via Getty

Change introduced to give MPs a vote before any treaty-breaking clauses are triggered

In a major reversal of government policy, British prime minister Boris  Johnson has urged all who can work from home to do so. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA

Pub hours, fines and home working among strategies to fight Covid-19 resurgence

A masked waiter serves in a restaurant in Covent Garden in London on Tuesday. The British government has said all pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues in England must have a 10pm closing time from Thursday. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

MPs fear prime minister could make same mistakes as he did early in the pandemic

Britain’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance leaving 11 Downing Street in London on Monday. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images

Experts warn Covid cases are doubling every seven days in England, and could reach 50,000 a day by the middle of October

Theresa May: “I think the government is putting the integrity of the UK at risk.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Bill would weaken trust in London and cut NI willingness to stay in UK, says former PM

 Britain’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty (L) and Britain’s Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

‘Seasons against us’ as revolt brews among Tory MPs over Johnson’s six months of curbs

Locals in West Bromwich on Thursday. New modelling by University College London’s Karl Friston suggests that Britain has only two or three weeks to improve contact tracing before the virus spreads out of control. Photograph: Darren Staples/Bloomberg

British government considering two-week lockdown after 4,322 new cases confirmed

Then UK prime minister David Cameron and education secretary Michael Gove visit a school in Birmingham, September 2013. Photograph: Paul Rogers/WPA Pool/Getty

London Letter: David Cameron has been embarrassed by a book about his inner circle

Former Conservative Party leader Lord Howard: ‘The government is still asking Parliament to break international law.’ Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty Images

Leading Brexiteer and peer shuns proposed compromise, saying changes not enough

Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost: Negotiations with Michel Barnier continue.  Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP via Getty Images

There is ample time to work out differences before the EU summit on October 15th

Boris Johnson during PMQs in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/PA Wire

PM promises MPs a vote before he reneges on parts of Brexit withdrawal agreement

Former British ambassaror to the EU Ivan Rogers in Dublin in March last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Ex-UK ambassador to EU Ivan Rogers says British PM no longer wants Brexit deal

 British prime minister Boris Johnson departs 10 Downing Street following a cabinet meeting in London, Britain, on Tuesday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

William Hague joins criticism of legislation that would break international law

UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: PRU/AFP via Getty

Sajid Javid and former attorney general Geoffrey Cox join senior Tories opposing Bill

British prime minister Boris Johnson listens as former Labour leader Ed Miliband speaks in the debate on the Internal Market Bill in the House of Commons on Monday. Photograph: PRU/AFP via Getty Images

Analysis: Ed Miliband delivers parliamentary tour de force in opposing PM’s Internal Market Bill

British prime minister Boris Johnson said the measures contained in the Internal Market Bill to set aside parts of the Brexit deal were an ‘insurance policy’ he hoped would ‘never be invoked’. Photograph: PA Wire

British prime minister accuses the EU of not negotiating in good faith

UK’s chief Brexit negotiator, David Frost. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA

The Bill will break international law by overriding parts of Brexit withdrawal deal

British  prime minister Boris Johnson: he faces a big challenge in the House of Lords where the bill’s Conservative critics include Brexiteers Michael Howard and Norman Lamont.  Photograph: Getty Images

Conservative backbench rebellion in the Commons not expected to be big enough to defeat Internal Market Bill

Boris Johnson’s decision to proceed with legislation that has plunged trade talks with the EU into crisis has prompted concern among some Conservatives. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Three former Tory leaders and several senior MPs have warned against the move

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic leaves Europe House in London after an emergency Brexit meeting.  Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Brussels wants London to reverse plan that would tear up Brexit guarantees on North

EU expects letter and spirit of agreement and Northern Ireland protocol to be respected

UK prime minister Boris Johnson: The decision to break international law comes a year – almost to the day – after he persuaded Queen Elizabeth to prorogue parliament. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/PA

London Letter: Prime minister may be redeploying tedious combative campaign trickery

British prime minister Boris Johnson attends a virtual press conference at Downing Street in London, England, on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau- WPA Pool/Getty Images

EU leaders voice concerns over legislation that will violate withdrawal deal

British prime minister Boris Johnson: frustrated at prime minister’s questions. Photograph:   Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Downing Street’s spin on legislation that overturns part of Brexit deal continues to shift

Boris Johnson during prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons, London, Britain. Photograph: UK parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

John Major warns of fallout from Bill, which UK admits will break international law

British prime minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

North secretary Brandon Lewis admits new internal markets Bill breaks international law

Britain’s Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis: a Bill to be published on Wednesday will break international law “in a very specific and limited way”.  Photograph: Justin Tallis

Widespread shock as rule of law ‘beacon’ poised to breach Northern Ireland protocol

 Northern Secretary Brandon Lewis: he told the Commons that the Internal Markets Bill will see Britain reneging on its treaty commitment to the EU.  Photograph: Getty Images

British legislation will override parts of the Northern Ireland protocol in the Brexit withdrawal agreement

Talks between Britain’s chief negotiator David Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier resume in London on Tuesday. File photograph: Getty

Irish Government downplays reports as ‘sabre rattling’ ahead of resumed Brexit talks

British prime minister Boris Johnson: he has threatened to abandon negotiations on a free trade agreement with the EU if a deal is not agreed by the middle of next month.   Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

News of the planned legislation coincides with fresh display of sabre-rattling by Johnson

UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Bill includes provisions to circumscribe protocol’s influence on UK’s state aid policy

Firms are expected to face difficulty getting shipments through ports unless they have completed the correct customs procedures. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Firms trading or moving goods via UK will be affected whatever the outcome of talks


‘Up until now, the English have barely distinguished between England and Great Britain’

British prime minister Boris Johnson says the  negotiations with the EU are entering their final phase.  Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

British PM threatens to walk away if no agreement before European Council meeting

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange leaves Southwark Crown Court in a security van after being sentenced on May 1st, 2019 in London, England. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Wikileaks founder, whose extradition case is due in court on Monday, has alienated his early supporters

EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: adamant there will be no deal without  Britain being flexible on fisheries and state aid. Photograph: Eric Piermont

State aid a major stumbling block as London insists topic has no place in accord with EU

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: “We’re ready for any eventuality, of course.” Photograph: Andrew Fox

Boris Johnson’s confidence clashes with road haulage group’s warning of border chaos

A postman  in Oldham, Greater Manchester, one of the areas in Britain where people are subject to a local lockdown in recent weeks. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

London Letter: UK's quarantine rules are stricter than lockdown, but few are compliant

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer during prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons, London, UK. Photograph: UK parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

British PM’s latest Commons performance will not lessen anxiety of Tory MPs

Boris Johnson: “I know it’s been tough. I’ve got to warn you it’s about to get tougher. The waters are about to get choppier. But we are going to deal with it.” Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA

Chancellor Sunak says British government must take action to deal with ballooning public debt due to coronavirus

 Prime minister Boris Johnson  returning to Downing Street on Tuesday  after holding the first weekly meeting of the cabinet since the summer recess. Photograph:  AFP via Getty Images

Figures fail to back up prime minister’s claim that people are returning to work in offices ‘in huge numbers’

British prime minister Boris Johnson: “The single thing that we didn’t see at the beginning was the extent to which it was being transmitted asymptomatically from person to person.” Photograph:  Jeremy Selwyn/Evening Standard/PA

British PM looks to winter and 2022, urging people to help NHS by getting flu vaccine

Decorative tape that reads ‘Missing Live Theatre’ hangs on the entrance to The Old Vic theatre in London earlier this month. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

London Letter: It can feel as if life has returned to normal until conversation turns to the lockdown

British prime minister Boris Johnson holding  crabs  at Stromness harbour during a visit to the Scottish Highlands and Northern Isles. Photograph:   Robert Perry/PA Wire

EU’s chief Brexit negotiator claims there has been no progress on key issues

Boris Johnson during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, on Wednesday. Photograph: UK parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

British prime minister to argue coronavirus crisis has undermined case for independence

Russian president Vladimir Putin: the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report is a disturbing account of greed, neglect, cowardice and an astonishing lack of curiosity about a threat to democratic processes. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov

London became laundromat for looted wealth long before Putin’s policy of threat

 Boris Johnson blocked publication of the Russia report ahead of last year’s British general election. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Russian influence in Britain is ‘new normal’, delayed parliamentary report finds

UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab in the House of Commons. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Hong Kong extradition treaty suspended as Tory backbenchers urge further measures

Boris Johnson: his suggestion that social distancing restrictions could all be over by Christmas drew irresistible comparisons with the ill-placed optimism of the early months of the first World War. Photograph: Andrew Parsons/EPA

Prime minister stresses next steps in easing lockdown contingent on coronavirus remaining under control

Prime minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing on coronavirus. Photograph: PA Wire

Chief medical officer and chief scientific adviser contradict prime minister’s assertions

Dominic Raab: curious choice of language. Photograph: Pippa Fowles/EPA

London Letter: Raab muddies waters ahead of release of delayed Russia report

Russian president Vladimir Putin: Teams at Oxford University and Imperial College London working on coronavirus vaccines are understood to have been among the targets of hackers. Photograph: ITar-Tass

Coronavirus scientific work in Britain, US and Canada targeted by Russian-backed APT29

Sir Patrick Vallance, the British government’s chief scientific adviser: ‘It’s clear that the outcome has not been good in the UK, I think you can be absolutely clear about that.’ Photograph: House of Commons/PA Wire

PM pledges extra £3bn to NHS as top medic admits UK’s coronavirus outcome is ‘not good’

First minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill at Stormont. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

UK government’s £2bn insufficient in light of coronavirus, cross-party group says

Boris Johnson. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

SNP leader at Westminster accuses prime minister of staging a power grab

‘Unfettered access was promised, but it looks less and less likely that it will be delivered.’ Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA

Clarity lacking due to UK’s ‘political approach’ to implementing withdrawal agreement

British prime minister Boris Johnson talks to paramedics during a visit to London Ambulance Service. Photograph:  Pippa Fowles

Wearing masks ‘basic good manners’ says Gove as country battles local Covid-19 outbreaks

British  prime minister Boris Johnson: “I do want people to start to go to work now if you can, but remember to follow the guidance because that is the way to save lives”

UK will not take part in EU vaccine purchase plan aimed at combining buying power to get promising vaccines at cheaper prices

Pedestrians pass a closed and shuttered souvenir shop on Oxford Street in London. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

London Letter: The city’s retail and hospitality sectors face ruin unless workers return to offices

 Boots said it would close 48 of its opticians shops and restructure its headquarters, shedding 4,000 jobs. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Further easing of lockdown as Boots and John Lewis announce 5,000 job losses

 Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson and chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak: There is media speculation about the political threat Mr Sunak represents to Mr Johnson. Photograph: Jessica Taylor

Coronavirus crisis has thrust together the fates of Britain’s PM and his chancellor

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson and chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak: Employers who bring back someone furloughed and keeps them on the payroll until January will receive a £1,000 bonus.  Photograph: Jessica Taylor

Sunak pledges hospitality 50% meal subsidy during August and furlough scheme bonus

 A circus performer in  Whitehall, London.  Circuses have  handed a petition to Downing Street  asking   Boris Johnson to allow  them to reopen. Photograph: EPA/Will Oliver

Downing Street refuses to apologise after Johnson appears to blame care homes for Covid death tallies

Britain’s health secretary Matt Hancock speaking on Tuesday in the House of Commons, where he said the NHS coronavirus tracing system was ‘working precisely as intended’. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

British government unsure if new app will be ready before winter after failure of first model

Approved destinations pose “a reduced risk to the public health of UK citizens” but the list will be kept “under constant review”, the Department for Transport said. Photograph: iStock

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland shun ‘air bridges’ plan aimed at boosting tourism

Workers preparing an outdoor seating area at a pub  in Birmingham. Photograph:  Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

The prime minister will point to Leicester as a reminder that coronavirus is still a threat in Britain

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