Once a London cabbie alights on the subject of Uber, Brexit or cycle lanes, the wisest course is to stop listening, look out the window and sink deep into your own thoughts. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

London Letter: For some, the idea of Britain as a haven of tolerance and freedom prevails

French president Emmanuel Macron and Britain’s prime minister Theresa May hold a press conference at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, west of London,  on Thursday. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

French president and British PM stress close security partnership at Sandhurst meeting

Anti-Brexit protesters  outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Minister gives assurance during debate on EU withdrawal

Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson: has revived and expanded his financial claims about Brexit. Photograph:  Rick Findler/PA Wire

Labour seeks evidence for Boris Johnson’s claims about UK weekly savings post-Brexit

The British government should have realised Carillion was in trouble before handing out £2bn worth of public service contracts, said Labour’s Jon Trickett.    Photograph: Daniel Sorabji/AFP/Getty Images

Government faces criticism as Cobra committee convenes to protect public services

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon: described financial analysis as more detailed than any analysis published by Theresa May’s government. Photograph: John Linton/PA Wire

Scottish first minister urges Jeremy Corbyn to change his position on EU market

Henry Bolton said he had ended his relationship with model Jo Marney after the “appalling” text messages she sent to a friend were published. Photograph: Twitter/ @Jo_Marney

Henry Bolton may face no-confidence motion as ‘romantic’ relationship with Jo Marney ends

Tánaiste Simon Coveney meets Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley at the Northern Ireland Office in Westminster, London, on Friday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

Minister for Foreign Affairs meets new Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley

British prime minister Theresa May need not look far to find enemies arrayed against her on the Conservative backbenches. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Reuters

London Letter: Reshuffle intended to assert prime minister’s authority exposes lack of it

 David Trimble suggested EU membership had helped to transform the Republic. File photograph: Paul McErlane/Reuters

The former Northern Ireland first minister backed Brexit in 2016 referendum

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond: said the EU should also outline what kind of relationship it wants with Britain after Brexit. ‘It takes two to tango.’ Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Chancellor warns that weakening London as a financial centre could expose EU to a crash

Minister of State for Immigration Caroline Nokes on Tuesday. Ms Nokes, who opposed Brexit in the 2016 referendum, has shown no interest in immigration as an issue since becoming an MP in 2010. Photograph:  Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Fourteen new junior ministers, eight of them women and five from ethnic minorities

Britain’s health secretary Jeremy Hunt: spent an hour with prime minister Theresa May before emerging with an enhanced portfolio. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Chaos and lack of direction define premiership whose clear focus must stay on Brexit

New Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley won the seat of Staffordshire Moorlands from Labour for the Conservatives in 2010. Photograph: EPA

New Northern Ireland secretary surprised some with handling of Murdoch Sky bid

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/Handout via Reuters

‘I’m not a quitter,’ says UK prime minister, as up to six ministers face sack on Monday

Former British prime minister Tony Blair: “The point I am really making is that the Northern Ireland problem is just a metaphor for the problem of the whole negotiation.” Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Discussions over Border highlight central dilemma for Theresa May, says former PM

 Former British  prime minister Tony Blair: He said last month’s deal between Theresa May and the EU on Northern Ireland had  exposed the central dilemma of Brexit

Blair says British government will struggle to win parliamentary approval for withdrawal deal

 German chancellor and leader of the German Christian Democrats Angela Merkel with Horst Seehofer, governor of Bavaria and leader of the Bavarian Christian Social Unio. Photograph: Alexandra Beier/Getty Images

From Trump to tragedy, Kim Jong-un to a royal wedding, a compelling roundup from an at times incredible year

British prime minister Theresa May has some chips and a drink while on a walkabout during a election campaign stop in Mevagissey, Cornwall. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/PA Wire

The EU’s decision to allow Brexit negotiations to move on to a second phase was a high point for the prime minister, whose gamble (...)

Emptying churches: more than half of the British public now say they have no religion, and more than nine million people say they are often or always lonely. Photograph: iStock/Getty

London Letter: An intimate moment in a less religious, lonelier Britain

The EU’s  chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, speaks to the media in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

EU’s Brexit negotiator shows Brussels means what it says about a time-limited transition

Britain’s first secretary of state and the effective deputy to prime minister Theresa May, Damian Green, has been sacked from the British government. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

May ally said in letter he had not seen images but lied about being informed of them

British prime minister Theresa May before the liaison committee in the House of Commons. Photograph: PA Wire

British prime minister says EU’s December 2020 deadline still be negotiated

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street after a cabinet meeting about the UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

Michel Barnier insists bespoke deal not on cards but only a deal along lines of Canada’s

Pro-European Union anti-Brexit demonstrators protesting outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Analysis: EU not to entertain single market benefits for Britain keen to shed obligations

Theresa May  responding to an MP  following her statement on Brexit in the House of Commons. Photograph: Getty Images

Barnier adviser say impact of Brexit on Ireland still an EU priority for second phase of talks

The UK cabinet is perceived to be divided between those who want Britain to set its own regulatory course after Brexit, and those   who favour remaining in close alignment with the EU

Brexiteer backbenchers criticise chancellor over his view of ‘status quo’ transition period

UK  prime minister Theresa May:  “There’s still more to do but we’re well on the road to delivering the Brexit that will make Britain prosperous, strong and secure.” Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

Theresa May says European Council decision key step to ‘smooth and orderly’ EU exit

A Union flag, an EU Flag and a ‘One Way’ street sign in London: Leave voters are unlikely to blame a disappointing Brexit on their own decision last year. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

London Letter: The promise of fewer immigrants and more public money is fading fast

The government suffers its first defeat over the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill after MPs support a Tory rebel amendment for a “meaningful vote” on any Brexit deal. Photograph: PA Wire

Davis says no-deal Brexit less likely as support for it wavers even on Tory backbenches

Anti-Brexit protesters demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Pro-Brexit media react angrily as rebel Conservatives push through amendments

The amendment to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, proposed by former attorney general Dominic Grieve (above in Parliament today), prevents the British government from implementing any withdrawal deal with the EU without the backing of MPs through a new Act of parliament. Screengrab: PRU/AFP/Getty Images

Amendment to EU Bill means government cannot implement deal with EU without MPs’ backing

The European Commission’s spokesman said “we see the joint report of Michel Barnier and David Davis as a deal between gentlemen . . . that it is fully backed and endorsed by the UK government”. Photograph: Getty Images

Analysis: Unsettled Conservative benches show little inclination to unite around PM

Brexit secretary David Davis retreated from his claim that the agreement last Friday was “a statement of intent” with no legal force. Photograph: Getty Images

Prime minister tells MPs no hard frontier even if wished for trade pact proves elusive

Brexit secretary David Davis: he said full alignment would only apply to a limited number of sectors identified in the Belfast Agreement if Britain leaves the EU without a free trade deal.  Photograph: Getty Images

‘It was much more a statement of intent than it was a legally enforceable thing’

 Kate Hoey showing her support for the Leave campaign  aboard a boat on the  Thames. She is optimistic about Brexit, which she believes will definitely happen. Photograph: Getty Images

‘I’ll do anything to make sure that the UK has Northern Ireland as an integral part of it’

British prime minister Theresa May arrives for a carol concert at a church in her Maidenhead constituency  on Friday. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Prime minister will ask her ministers for the first time what they actually want

Brexit negotiations are now expected to advance to the next stage which focuses on the transition period after Brexit takes effect in March 2019 and on the future EU-UK relationship. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland gets commitment there will be no hard border even if UK leaves EU without deal

British prime minister Theresa May attends a news conference at the European Commission building in Brussels on Friday. Photograph: Bloomberg

Analysis: Importantly, the sides have agreed to continue talks on Ireland in next phase

 Britain’s secretary of state for Brexit  David Davis (left), Britain’s prime minister Theresa May (second left), European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (second right)and European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (right) meet at the European Commission in Brussels, on Friday morning. Photograph: EPA

DUP would have preferred if May did not sign deal, says it won ‘six substantive changes’

Gerry Fitt enjoyed sitting on the terrace during summer evenings waving great glasses of gin and tonic at the passing boats and crying “It’s free! It’s all free”. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

A drunken fight in a Westminster bar this week was a throwback to the old ways

Boris Johnson says it is time for the negotiations to move on to the future relationship between Britain and the European Union. Photograph: Jack Taylor

British foreign secretary describes second phase of talks as ‘exciting bit’

Brexit secretary David Davis: Told a select committee 53 sectoral analyses  he had previously described as “excruciatingly” detailed on the impact of leaving the EU on the British economy, did not actually exist. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Arlene Foster says more work needed on Border text

British prime minister Theresa May with DUP leader Arlene Foster wh spoke by telephone on Wednesday as efforts continue to rescue a deal on the Border arrangements after Brexit.  Photograph: Daniel Leal Olivas/AFP/Getty

Taoiseach is playing a dangerous game, says DUP’s Nigel Dodds

Brexit secretary David Davis: “The presumption of the discussion was that everything we talked about applied to the whole United Kingdom,” he said. Photograph: PA Wire

Brexit secretary says Northern Ireland will not be left under separate regulatory regime

DUP deputy leader  Nigel Dodds delivering  a statement outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: EPA/Neil Hall

Nobody speaks in favour of any special regime for Northern Ireland

Deputy DUP leader Nigel Dodds (centre), and fellow DUP MPs, as Mr Dodds delivers a statement outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

‘The DUP tail is wagging the Tory dog. This is now a deeply serious situation’ – Starmer

DUP shock: Arlene Foster with party colleagues Jeffrey Donaldson and Nigel Dodds in Belfast on Monday. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Draft agreement was a ‘big shock’ to Democratic Unionists, says Arlene Foster

British prime minister Theresa May: Her failure to follow through on a deal her government had already agreed is a further blow to her threadbare authority and vanishing reputation for competence. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

UK prime minister could now come under pressure to walk away from talks

British prime minister Theresa May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker prior to addressing a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Monday.  Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

Unionists reject ‘regulatory divergence’ as Varadkar says he is ‘disappointed’ with impasse

Jacob Rees-Mogg: “We cannot align the regulation of one part of the United Kingdom with the European Union.” Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Meanwhile Corbyn blames failure to reach agreement on ‘grubby deal’ with DUP

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a Brexit press conference at Government Buildings in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Agreement between EU and Britain ‘not possible today’ as DUP objects

Theresa May: former cabinet ministers Owen Paterson, Nigel Lawson and John Redwood are among more than 30 Brexiteers who signed letter to her. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Letter urges prime minister to walk away if seven new conditions are not met

A mock customs checkpoint on the Irish Border earlier this year. “Ireland insists Britain must make a political declaration, promising to avoid the kind of regulatory divergence that would have the effect of hardening the Border.” File photograph: Paul FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Britain and the EU have made progress on money and citizens’ rights, but not on Ireland

Theresa May’s deputy Damian Green leaves his house in Ashford, Kent, today. A retired Scotland Yard detective has said thousands of legal pornographic images were found on a computer used by Mr Green during a police raid in 2008. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Damian Green already being investigated after journalist claimed he acted inappropriately

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and European Council President Donald Tusk speaking at a joint press conference at the Government buildings on Friday afternoon. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

If UK’s offer on the Border ‘is unacceptable to Ireland it will be unacceptable to the EU’

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said other EU countries were fully supportive of Ireland’s position on the Border. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/EPA

Government could not accept re-emergence of Border, says Tánaiste

The city was a magnet for the talented and desperate from all over the country and for enterprising immigrants like George Frideric Handel.   Artwork: Painting by Thom; Photograph by Erich Auerbach/Getty Images

Opera found itself at the centre of a struggle between internationalism and Englishness

UK prime minister Theresa May:  “Britain First is a hateful organisation. It seeks to spread division and mistrust among our communities.” Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

‘British Muslims are peaceful’ and victims of acts of terror by far right, says British PM

UK Brexit minister Robin Walker emphasised the strength of the relationship between London and Dublin. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Analysis: Few in Westminster believe EU will allow Ireland stop talks moving to phase two

Ian Paisley: the DUP MP said Britain should punish Ireland by making future bilateral talks about fishing waters long and painful. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Paisley among MPs who criticise ‘disgraceful’ Irish demands for more details

London is expected to pay more than €50 billion. Above, British prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Deal means Border is biggest remaining obstacle to progressing talks to second phase

Brexit Secretary David Davis during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, London. Photograph: PA Wire

Brexit secretary told by Commons speaker John Bercow to explain his conduct to MPs

British prime minister Theresa May: Downing Street has acknowledged “more work” needs to be done on the future of the Border. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Kate Hoey accused of ‘taking diplomacy lessons from Donald Trump’

 Prince Harry stands with his fiancée actor  Meghan Markle as she shows off her engagement ring  following the announcement of their engagement on Monday. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Second son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana met fianceé on a blind date set up by mutual friend

 Ahead of next month’s summit, the Irish Government wants Britain to make a written declaration outlining how it plans to avoid a hard Border.  Photograph: Brian O’Leary

Anger in London over Ireland’s position on Border is real because the stakes are so high

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with British prime minister Theresa May at Downing Street last June. Photograph: Philip Toscano/WPA Pool/Getty Images

A change of government is unlikely to bring a significant change of policy on Brexit

Britain’s Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) and her husband Philip Duke of Edinburgh on honeymoon on November 25th, 1947, in Hampshire. Photograph:  STRSTR/AFP/Getty

London Letter: TV and books paint scenes of adultery and unhappiness in regal cocoon

Protestors dressed as “Maybots” demonstrate at the entrance to Downing Street on Wednesday following a meeting of the British cabinet ahead of the chancellor’s budget speech. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Chancellor finds additional £3 billion to prepare for Brexit

Philip Hammond said the UK government has already invested almost £700 million (€790 million) in Brexit preparations, and will set aside a further £3 billion. Photograph: Getty

Chancellor says budget designed to prepare UK for leaving the EU

Britain’s foreign secretary, Boris Johnson:   Britain will increase its financial offer for the divorce bill  if the EU agrees to move on to talks about the future trading relationship. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

European Court of Justice will have no role in the UK after two-year transition period

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster: “If people are going to put up borders, it will be the European Union that puts up a border. It will certainly not be the United Kingdom or Northern Ireland. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

Government’s approach ‘careless’ as only EU will reimpose border, says DUP leader

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry:  urged Boris Johnson to stick to earlier promise that Irish border arrangements will not change. Photograph: PA Wire

UK government showing little sign of commitment despite threat of veto from Dublin

Foreign secretary Boris Johnson departs Downing Street after a meeting to discuss the  possibility of additional money for the Brexit “divorce bill”. Photograph: Jack Taylor

Downing Street rejects claims PM was ready to double UK divorce bill offer to €40bn

 Theresa May leaves Downing St: A relatively calm week for the British prime minister.  Photograph:  Jack Taylor/Getty Images

From election flop to cabinet resignations, no political disaster has been sticky enough to force the British prime minister out

“This year’s results for Harrods have yet to be published, but if the rest of the retail landscape in Britain is anything to go by, Harrods will be very lucky to show another increase in profits.” File photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

If British retail landscape is indicator, delux store will be lucky to keep profits growing

Anna Soubry was one of 15 Conservatives pictured on  a newspaper’s front page under the headline “The Brexit Mutineers”.

Anna Soubry calls for responsible reporting after ‘Daily Telegraph’ headline

DUP leader Arlene Foster: condemned the British media’s coverage of the DUP. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Arlene Foster says Labour leader as prime minister would be disastrous for North

Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May,and  Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon: the two are meeting in a bid to break their deadlock over Brexit. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

PM’s plan to specify EU withdrawal date judged by rebels as curbing Brexit talks

Kenneth Clarke: “It is quite unnecessary to actually close down our options as severely as we are with this amendment.” Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Kenneth Clarke and other pro-EU Conservatives say May proposal harms UK in talks

Business leaders including Ibec chief Danny McCoy (second business leader from left) arrive at 10 Downing Street to meet British prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Ibec chief ‘more confident’ there will not be a hard Brexit in March 2019

James Brokenshire says he still believes agreement can be reached at Stormont. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Ian Paisley says it is time to recognise that devolution is not working

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson: “Of course I apologise for the distress, for the suffering, that has been caused by the impression that I gave that I believed that she was there in a professional capacity. She was there on holiday.” Photograph:  PA Wire

British foreign secretary had suggested Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was teaching journalism

MPs are preparing to debate amendments to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill on Tuesday

David Davis predicts withdrawal agreement will conclude in ‘latter part of next year’

British prime minister Theresa May with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during Remembrance Sunday in London. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Labour attacks the British prime minister’s ability to achieve a transition agreement

The head of Switzerland’s customs service Christian Bock told the Northern Ireland affairs committee at Westminster that physical checks were unavoidable, either at the Border itself or elsewhere. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Technology, intelligence and joint British-Irish mobile patrols deemed necessary

Sir Michael Fallon, who has announced his decision to resign as defence secretary. Photograph:  Leon Neal/PA Wire

Tory says his behaviour may have ‘fallen short’ as Westminster scandal grows

Bex Bailey claimed she was discouraged from reporting an alleged rape at a Labour party event in 2011. Photograph: Facebook

Inappropriate behaviour: At Westminster, many normal workplace rules do not apply

Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis talks with a member of staff as he leaves his office in Downing Street. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

Britain ‘pretty much absolutely’ committed to ensuring Border remains invisible

Bex Bailey (25), a former member of Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee, was 19 at the time of the attack. Photograph: Twitter

Bex Bailey says staff member she told about incident suggested she not report it

“It was all so different before June’s election, when Jeremy  Corbyn was greeted with cheers from the Conservatives and a dark, mutinous hush from the benches behind him.” File photograph: PA Wire

London Letter: ‘You have just got to slay the leader of the Opposition – and vice versa’

Brenda Hale, president of the British supreme court: ‘We will now go away and try and work out the answer to these difficult questions.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Case described as ‘very difficult and sensitive’ by president of supreme court in London

Northern Ireland attorney general John Larkin: “The unborn child whose father is a moral philosopher doesn’t have a greater right to life than she whose father is a rapist.” Photograph: PA

‘There are many good reasons to wish Joseph Goebbels had not lived. That he had a club foot isn’t or shouldn’t be one of them’

UK’s highest court hears appeal brought by Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. Photograph: Getty Images

London court told current law discriminates against women and girls on grounds of sex

The Order of Service at the funeral of comedian Sean Hughes at Islington and Camden Cemetery in London. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Comedian laid to rest to the sound of ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’ by The Smiths

Leader of the house Andrea Leadsom told the Commons the government would listen to MPs’ concerns but would not halt the roll-out of universal credit. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

London Letter: Changes to benefits system have become government’s biggest headache

British prime minister Theresa May: “We hugely value the contributions that EU nationals make to the economic, social and cultural fabric of the UK.”   Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Prime minister will say Brexit deal on citizens’ rights within ‘touching distance’

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

Each side of the Brexit table blames the other for the stalemate. Is there a path forward?

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire speaking  in  London, where he said  powersharing talks between the DUP and Sinn Féin have stalled. Photograph: PA

Northern Secretary says progress on talks stalled

  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

Home secretary says no deal ‘unthinkable’ while Brexit minister claims UK can walk away

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