The sun sets behind the Palace of Westminster, the home of the Houses of Parliament in central London as talks  on a trade deal between the EU and the UK failed to reach agreement.  Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP  via Getty Images

Gaps on fisheries, level playing field and governance require high-level political intervention

In a sign that the talks are entering their final stage, four officials from the European Commission’s communications team joined the negotiators in London.   Photograph: Bloomberg

Downing Street warns trade talks with EU have reached ‘very difficult point’

Covid-19: The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, if approved, is likely to be the first to arrive in the State early next year

Vaccines to be flown in but UK ‘landbridge’ to be avoided if road travel needed in case of delays

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier  at Brexit talks in central London on Thursday. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty

Johnson still intends on Monday to restore to Internal Market Bill the treaty-breaking clauses that were removed by House of Lords

 British prime minister  Boris Johnson  holds a cod during a general election campagin visit to Grimsby Fish Market on December 9th 2019 in Grimsby, England. Photograph: Ben Stansall/WPA Pool/Getty

London Letter: British PM would have little difficulty pushing for the nuclear option

Jessica Walker and Nicola Foster pose at sunrise before swimming at Charlton Lido, Hornfair Park, London, on its first day of reopening after the second national lockdown ended in England. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

First doses of Pfizer-BioNTech drug will go to vulnerable groups including care-home residents and elderly

‘We are pushing hard to secure agreement with the EU on a number of outstanding issues that relate to the protocol, including that of at-risk goods’,Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis said. Photograph: Tolga Akmen /AFP via Getty Images

Authorities want to be sympathetic to traders in early days of Brexit, NI Affairs Committee told

Boris Johnson in the House of Commons during Tuesday’s debate. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

Biggest rebellion since Johnson as PM but tough measures pass with Labour absention

British prime minister Boris Johnson’s government published the impact assessment as part of an effort to limit the scale of a Conservative backbench revolt. Photograph: PA

Report comes as Johnson faces Tory revolt in vote on next stage of restrictions on Tuesday

Geraldine Finucane, the widow of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane says the decision is ‘yet another insult added to a deep and lasting injury’. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

‘The questions that demand answers around Pat’s murder are not going away,’ widow says

The European Union and United Kingdom agree that a big gap must be bridged on fisheries. File photograph: Getty

Dominic Raab identifies fisheries and competition as remaining problems to be resolved

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

London Letter: Stars misalign in shape of economic reality, Scottish ire and Joe Biden

Waiting to  board a tram in Manchester.  Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images)

Cleo Watson, a close associate of Dominic Cummings, is to leave Downing Street

Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak: ‘Our health emergency is not yet over, and our economic emergency has only just begun.’ Photograph: PA

Chancellor of the exchequer warns output will fall by 11% this year

The chancellor’s problem is that the economic cycle is not aligned with the political one and the timing of any fiscal tightening is highly problematic. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Analysis: UK chancellor causes political waves with cuts to international aid

Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak: ‘Our health emergency is not yet over, and our economic emergency has only just begun.’ Photograph: PA

Chancellor warns output will fall by 11% this year

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer: Margaret Beckett is to become chair of the NEC, passing over outgoing vice-chair Ian Murray from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). Photograph: Jessica Taylor/PA

Labour NEC members claim party leader bending rules for ally Margaret Beckett

 Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: “This will be still a hard winter, Christmas cannot be normal and there is a long road to spring.” Photograph: Henry Nicholls

Johnson announces restriction easing next week from retail, gyms and personal care

Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/WPA Pool/Getty

Bank of England governor says exiting EU with no FTA would cause more lasting harm

Britain’s home secretary Priti Patel:  ‘I am sorry that my behaviour in the past has upset people.’

Johnson refuses to sack home secretary despite ‘occasions of shouting and sweating’

Screens displaying UK prime minister Boris Johnson as he takes part remotely via a Zoom video call in the weekly prime minister’s questions. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK parliament/AFP via Getty

London Letter: Military spend and climate to form central planks of revival strategy

A woman wearing a mask against coronavirus  in a near-deserted Covent Garden in central London. Photograph:   Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

Prime minister says £16.5bn rise in defence spending is necessary to secure Britain’s interests and strengthen its global influenc(...)

Containers at Belfast Harbour. Aodhán Connolly from the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium said a no-deal outcome to the trade talks would affect the North’s food exports to Britain. Photograph: Paul Faith/Bloomberg

‘Northern Ireland’s business community will not be ready for January 1st, quite simply’

Former Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photograph:   Leon Neal/Getty Images

Starmer claims Corbyn’s actions undermine Labour’s ‘ability to tackle anti-Semitism’

 10 Downing Street: Britain plans to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 and produce enough offshore wind to power every home in the country by then. Photograph:  Tolga Akmen

Johnson seeks to calm Downing Street chaos and make investment in midlands and north

Boris Johnson: by disparaging devolution he has fuelled accusations that he is indifferent to the will of the Scottish people. Photograph: Vickie Flores/EPA

Scottish independence likely to replace Brexit as Britain’s major constitutional issue

Former US president Bill Clinton with John Hume in Dublin, 2005. Photograph: Joe St Leger

PSNI warns gangs could exploit the Border for human trafficking after transition period

Boris Johnson will take prime minister’s questions by video on Wednesday. Photograph: Eddie Mulholland/The Daily Telegraph/Bloomberg

Move comes after infected MP attended meeting with PM in Downing Street

“The area of biggest concern would be Northern Ireland, where some of this infrastructure has to be in place from January 1st, and that is currently very challenging.” Photograph: Getty Images

House of Lords committee told the UK government has not made some crucial decisions about new port infrastructure

Ireland already has consulates general in Edinburgh (premises pictured above) and in Cardiff. File photograph: Google Street View

Coveney announces plan ahead of virtual Dublin visit by Manchester and Liverpool mayors

Lionel Barber, former editor of the Financial Times. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty

Prime minister ‘not a natural leader’, says Lionel Barber, as Cummings and Cain exit

Dominic Cummings, former special adviser to British  prime minister Boris Johnson, carries a box as he departs number 10 Downing Street. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Prime minister bids to reset his government and mend fences with unhappy Tory backbenchers

Dominic Cummings, special adviser to UK prime minister Boris Johnson, carries a box as he departs from number 10 Downing Street in London. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

PM reportedly tells Cummings and other ex-aide Lee Cain their presence is unwelcome

Number 10 special adviser Dominic Cummings leaves his home in London on Thursday. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Drama surrounding PM’s advisers suggests a possible move away from national populism

Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/PA Wire

Former senior figure in Vote Leave Lee Cain steps down after Johnson rescinds job offer

Former prime minister Tony Blair: Britain has yet to come to terms with the challenge presented by the loss of global influence Brexit involves. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

London Letter: Ex-PM warns of US concern for Bill and Britain as former great power

Conservative Party peer Michael Howard: backed amendments that would remove treaty-breaking clauses from the Bill. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Peers vote to remove clauses that would allow ministers to disapply parts of North protocol

British  prime minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing in Downing Street on Monday on coronavirus. Photograph:   PA Photo

Analysis: as the cost to Britain of a no-deal rises, the EU can hold firm in coming days on the price of reaching one  

UK prime minister Boris Johnson with partner Carrie Symonds: “I’ve always been a great enthusiast for a trade deal with our European friends and partners.” Photograph: Chris Jackson/PA

PM insists Bill will uphold Belfast Agreement and says trade deal within reach

Jonathan Sumption has warned of creeping totalitarianism in the British government’s actions in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, which he says threaten the constitutional system and its freedoms. Photograph: Fairfax Media via Getty Images via Getty Images

England’s mostly popular lockdown has its critics, none more eloquent than Jonathan Sumption

 US president Donald Trump (left) with UK prime minister Boris Johnson meet in December 2019. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Analysis: Democrat once described UK PM as ‘a physical and emotional clone’ of Trump

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: “The number of deaths alas is on an upward curve that is just unmistakable . . . and the government has to act.” Photograph:  Molly Darlington

UK statistics office says infections rising while rate of increase shows signs of slowing

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: ‘I think all of us share the challenge of the impact of Covid on the economy and jobs and on livelihoods.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Governments should agree on right level of restrictions to ‘protect lives and livelihoods’

UK prime minister Boris Johnson: ‘The UK government and the devolved administrations are working together on a joint approach to the Christmas period, because all of us want to ensure families can come together, wherever they live.’ Photograph: Leon Neal/PA Wire

‘Serious’ second wave of Covid-19 has left more than 11,000 hospitalised across country

Taurean Steele in The Ballad of Corona V. Photograph: Dylan Nolte

London Letter: Production staged by charity founded by the play’s director Maggie Norris

Former PM Theresa May reacts after Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson left the chamber as she began to speak during a debate ahead of a vote on a new coronavirus lockdown, in the House of Commons in London. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK parliament/AFP via Getty Images

Theresa May among the Conservatives to vote against or abstain on Covid-19 measures

UK government chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance: admits the data has not taken into account the impact of the current tiered system of local restrictions. Photograph:  PRU/AFP

Soaring admissions challenge NHS as country poises for four-week lockdown

UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

Boris Johnson moves to quell Tory revolt by pledging end to lockdown on December 2nd

British prime minister Boris Johnson: Labour is targeting chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak to tie both together in  failure. Photograph:  Victoria Jones/PA

British MP scolded for Covid-19 failure by Labour leader as Farage reformulates party

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: “I share people’s frustrations and I understand totally why we do need to see faster turnaround times and we need to improve it,” the British prime minister told a press conference in Downing Street. Photograph:  Henry Nicholls/Getty Images

Only 15% of tests coming back within 24 hours and many close contacts not being reached

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham: “The culture is still that Westminster holds all the power and all the money.” Photograph:  Jacob King/PA

London Letter: Burnham stands up to capital and warns of north being pushed around

 Marcus Rashford: the British  government defeated Labour’s motion backing the footballer’s  campaign  for free school  meals to be provided for poor children during school holidays  while the coronavirus pandemic lasts. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Government defeated Labour motion backing Rashford’s free meals call but the victory could prove pyrrhic

British prime minister Boris Johnson criticised Labour leader Keir Starmer’s call for a time-limited ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Government votes against Rashford's proposal for free meals during school holidays

A poster of the Manchester Bee in Albert Square, Manchester. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Mayor Andy Burnham hits out at government after failure to agree financial support

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: scale of the defeeat was a serious blow to the government. Photograph:  Leon Neal/AFP via Getty Images)

Peers back by huge margin amendment saying Bill would ‘undermine the rule of law’

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

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