Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn at the party’s annual conference in Brighton, on Sunday.   Photograph: Daniel  Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Labour leader wants to delay decision on Remain until after general election held

Brexit aftermath: David Cameron leaves Downing Street with his wife, Samantha, on July 13th, 2016, his final day as UK prime minister. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

Who is David Cameron, and what does his book say about Brexit, Boris and Enda Kenny?

British prime minister Boris Johnson: Has been told that the European Union’s red lines remain firm. File photograph: Yui Mok/PA

London Letter: EU signals no role in talks for Stormont, that London must make decision

Satircal artist Kaya Mar protests outside at the British supreme court following a hearing on the prorogation of parliament, in London. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Prime minister claims he could take action on different grounds if court rules against him

Former  British PM David Cameron (left) and German chancellor Angela Merkel (right)  were working together to block Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz by approaching Enda Kenny (centre). Photographs: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty,  Eric Luke/The Irish Times, Hayoung Jeon/EPA

Former British PM does not reveal how former taoiseach responded to overtures

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: “We await written proposals from the UK side. We simply haven’t seen any written proposals to date.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘We haven’t seen anything that works,’ says source, amid claims UK ideas insufficient

Businesswoman Gina Miller leaves the UK supreme court following a hearing on the legality of proroguing parliament in London. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Prime minister’s statement claims judges cannot enforce political conventions

Jo Swinson during the Liberal Democrats autumn conference in Bournemouth. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Lib Dems leader will rule out supporting either Johnson or Corbyn as prime minister

Chuka Umunna embraces Paddy Ashdown’s widow, Jane Courtenay, after speaking during the Liberal Democrats autumn conference. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Defector from Labour says Lib Dems could win at least 40 seats in election

Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson speaks at a question-and-answer session at the Party annual Conference in Bournemouth Ion Sunday. Photograph: Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images

Party’s annual conference backs motion calling for article 50 to be revoked

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow: “What conceivable moral force do the public’s elected representatives have . . . to disregard a law enacted by parliament?” Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

Stressing no-deal’s undesirability, Barnier says EU cannot ‘avoid this scenario alone’

UK prime minister Boris Johnson takes part in an activity with schoolchildren in London. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

London Letter: Big parties face significant threats to their seats when they go to polls

The report said the agri-food sector will be hardest hit, due to its cross-border supply chains. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

No-deal exit likely to drive firms out of business, according to UK document

Anti-Brexit protesters outside the  Edinburgh courts. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

Analysis: Prorogation ruling deepens disharmony in Conservative party

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson during a visit to a London primary school. Photograph: Toby Melville/AFP/Getty Images

PM’s actions had purpose of ‘stymying parliament’, says Scottish court

  Boris Johnson visiting a school in southwest London: The prime minister focused on domestic issues during Tuesday’s cabinet meeting.  Photograph: Toby Melville/PA Wire

The most straightforward route out of the prime minister’s dilemma is to negotiate a withdrawal deal and win parliamentary support(...)

Arlene Foster, DUP leader and Nigel Dodds (DUP) leave Downing Street following talks with Boris Johnson on Tuesday. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty

Meeting in London amid speculation Johnson considering all-Ireland plan for Border

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament’s Parliamentary Recording Unit  shows Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson speaking following the announcement of the result of a vote on his motion for an early parliamentary general election, a motion that did not carry, in the House of Commons in London on Tuesday morning.  Photograph: PRU/AFP/Getty

PM pledges in Dublin to strive for deal as British parliament wary of legal compliance

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow: “We would not want anyone to be whipped senseless, would we?”  Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA

Standing down on October 31st empowers sitting parliament to decide who replaces him

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Boris Johnson at Government Buildings: is the prime minister serious about a deal before October 31st? Photograph: Maxwellphotography.ie

PM can only get Brexit on time with regulatory alignment deal across island of Ireland

The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, inspects the newly installed infrastructure checkpoints at Dublin Port in anticipation of no-deal Brexit.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Taoiseach says he is willing to see if there is common ground with UK prime minister

Dominic Cummings, the British prime minister’s chief adviser,  portrayed as the puppet master of Boris Johnson. Photograph: Andrew Testa/New York Times

Behind bluster, British PM must strike deal to avoid seeking three-month Brexit delay

 Amber Rudd, who has resigned as work and pensions secretary in protest at the government’s approach to Brexit,  appearing on the BBC current affairs programme The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

‘Little evidence’ government seeking a deal, says Amber Rudd following her resignation

Brexit battle: even Donald Trump would have struggled to match Boris Johnson’s strangled inarticulacy in Wakefield. Photograph: Danny Lawson/Pool/AFP/Getty

The British PM is perilously close to having to delay Brexit, break the law or resign

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. File potograph: Alan Betson

Tánaiste has yet to see evidence of viable alternative to Northern Ireland backstop

UK prime minister Boris Johnson: obliged to seek a three-month delay to Brexit if he fails to secure a withdrawal agreement by October 19th. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Opposition likely to wait until suspension of parliament ends to make their move

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. File potograph: Alan Betson

Tánaiste argues ‘geopolitical earthquake of Brexit’ is biggest threat to stability of North

UK prime minister Boris Johnson making a speech in West Yorkshire. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

UK prime minister says cross-Border arrangement could extend beyond agri-food

British prime minister Boris Johnson had not prepared a speech and seemed to grasp at words and concepts almost at random when he spoke against a backdrop of police recruits in Wakefield. Photograph: Getty

Resignation of prime minister’s brother adds to dreadful week for beleaguered Tory chief

Anti-Brexit protesters outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

PM criticised over expulsion of 21 rebels on Tuesday, while latest rebel Spelman is spared

UK prime minister Boris Johnson: ‘The obvious conclusion is I’m afraid is that [Jeremy Corbyn] does not think he can win.’ Photograph:  Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/EPA

Opposition MPs abstain from Commons vote and deny him the needed two-thirds majority

Prime minister’s questions offered a reminder of Boris Johnson’s less attractive features.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

His first prime minister’s questions showed how he plans to frame the electorate’s choice

A video grab shows former Conservative MP Phillip Lee sitting next to Liberal Democrats  leader Jo Swinson in the House of Commons in London after moving across the House. Photograph: PRU/AFP/Getty Images

Phillip Lee defects to Liberal Democrats as cross-party alliance moves to block no-deal Brexit

Boris Johnson in the House of Commons on Tuesday night. Earlier he babbled elegant hyperbole and took low swipes at Jeremy Corbyn.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Bruising day in Commons for PM but hint at backstop solution in agri-food comments

While Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson have spoken on the phone, this will be their first meeting as heads of government.

Johnson suggests agri-food could continue to be regulated on an all-Ireland basis after Brexit

UK prime minister Boris Johnson is driven away from the Houses of Parliament after being defeated on a motion to block a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Twenty-one Conservatives join opposition MPs to take control of parliament agenda

Stephen Barclay’s comments came as it was reported that his department’s working groups on alternative arrangements for the Border had concluded there were problems with all scenarios put forward to replace the backstop. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Stephen Barclay repeats PM’s demand that backstop must be removed from withdrawal deal

British prime minister Boris Johnson: ‘If there is one thing that can hold us back in these talks it is the sense in Brussels that MPs may find some way to cancel the referendum.’ Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Government sources say UK prime minister will go to the people if MPs vote to block no-deal departure

If Boris Johnson loses a general election then  an alternative government will delay Brexit and almost certainly hold a second referendum that could abandon it altogether.

Prime minister’s claim that he is making progress in talks with the EU is entirely false

UK prime minister Boris Johnson: Welsh setback creates a headache for him in terms of parliamentary arithmetic and his prospects of winning a snap general election in the autumn. Photograph: Simon Dawson

‘Boris bounce’ insufficient to block Lib Dems as Brexit Party targets PM’s ‘backsliding’

Jane Dodds, the Liberal Democrats candidate who won the byelection in Brecon and Radnorshire. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Success for Jane Dodds in Brecon and Radnorshire shrinks Tory majority to one

UK international trade secretary Liz Truss: believes duty-free ports will be the “gateway to our future prosperity”.    Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

Plan to cut paperwork only good for ‘money-launderers and tax dodgers’

 British prime minister Boris Johnson: brutal cabinet purge and appointments signal his determination to get a grip on the machinery of government. Photograph: Simon Dawson

London Letter: PM’s force and Brexit focus prompts sturdy Brussels unity as reaction

Representative Richard Neal (L) said Congress, and not the US president, writes trade agreements. Photograph: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Richard Neal says a US-UK trade deal will not happen if 1998 accord is jeopardised

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson have spoken for the first time since the latter became UK prime minister almost a week ago.  Photographs: The Irish Times and PA.

Pair discuss Brexit and Northern Ireland during 15-minute phone call

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomes prime minister Boris Johnson outside Bute House in Edinburgh on Monday. Photograph:  Jane Barlow/PA Wire

New PM contradicts Michael Gove’s assertion that UK believes no-deal is most likely

Michael Gove: the one-time supporter of the withdrawal agreement is taking an increasingly hard line. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty

Reports suggest figure of as much as £1bn, as Gove says no-deal planning now priority

Boris Johnson has expended no energy on establishing relationships with his European counterparts. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

PM’s pledges pose fresh challenge to Corbyn, already struggling with Brexit position

Leo Varadkar at the MacGill summer school where he predicted a no-deal Brexit would prompt more liberal unionists and nationalists in the North to consider joining a united Ireland. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

DUP describes as ‘unhelpful’ and ‘aggressive’ Taoiseach’s comments on stability of union

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: ‘The British people voted in 2015, in 2016, in 2017. What they want us to do is deliver on their mandate.’ Photograph: Geoff Pugh/Pool/AFP)Geoff Pugh/Getty

PM’s campaigning style during early days in office fuelled speculation of snap election

US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi: “We made it clear . . . there should be no return to a hard border on the island.” Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images

US congress ‘will not endorse trade deal’ with Britain if peace agreement is weakened

Boris Johnson holds his first cabinet meeting at Downing Street. Photograph: Aaron Chown/Pool via Reuters

EU’s chief Brexit negotiator suggests Johnson is seeking to sow divisions among EU 27

British prime minister Boris Johnson speaking in the House of Commons on Thursday. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP/Getty Images

London Letter: Britain’s new PM delights Tory MPs with cynical performance in the Commons

Dominic Cummings has been scathing about the conduct of Brexit negotiations, including the backstop. Photograph: Ho/AFP/Getty

Vote Leave mastermind Dominic Cummings expected to plan for no-deal as PM’s adviser

Boris Johnson:  ‘I say to our friends in Ireland, and in Brussels and around the EU, I am convinced that we can do a deal without checks at the Irish Border, because we refuse under any circumstances to have such checks.’ Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

New PM repeats demand for NI backstop to be deleted from EU withdrawal agreement

Britain’s new prime minister Boris Johnson being clapped into 10 Downing Street by staff in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images

Less than two hours after PM walked into Downing Street, 17 ministers had quit or been sacked

Boris Johnson, leader of  Britain’s Conservative Party, leaves a private reception in central London. Photograph: Reuters/Toby Melville

A number of ministers are planning to resign when new Conservative leader becomes PM

Boris Johnson leaves the Conservative Party headquarters after being announced as the new Conservative party leader at an event in central London 23 July 2019. Boris Johnson defeated Jeremy Hunt to become the new British Conservative party leader winning 92,153 votes to Jeremy Hunt's 46,656. EPA/NEIL HALL

New British PM’s many books and newspaper columns are revealing about his attitudes

Suddenly Boris Johnson was speaking very fast, promising to deliver Brexit by October 31st ‘in a spirit of can-do’, his pace quickening with each word until he reached a stringendo of babble. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

New Conservative leader keeps his first speech gag free ... for a minute or so

 Boris Johnson: His promise to take Britain out of the EU on October 31st “do or die” has limited his room for manoeuvre in negotiations with the EU. Photograph:  Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

New Conservative leader offered up several hostages to fortune during campaign

Conservative Party leadership contender Boris Johnson leaving his office in Westminster, on Monday. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Brexiteer poised to assume power as Tory MPs push back against possible no-deal exit

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair: ‘I don’t believe Boris Johnson will ever do no-deal without an endorsement either from parliament or the people.’ Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Former PM tells ‘The Irish Times’ the likely new Tory leader has little room for manoeuvre

Chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond said he would be a loyal supporter of the Conservative government if it pursued a deal with Brussels. Photograph: Jeff Overs/AFP/Getty

Other ministers opposed to no-deal Brexit also expected to resign from cabinet

MPs convening for the announcement of voting on the ‘Benn Amendment’ calibrated to prevent the next prime minister from suspending parliament to pursue a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: via EPA

Amendment ensures House of Commons will be sitting at ‘crucial time for our country’

Boris Johnson delivers  a speech at the final Conservative Party leadership hustings,   in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

London Letter: This may not be the time for Ireland to throw away a hard-won strategic advantage

 British chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond:  one of about 30 Conservatives who abstained from Thursday’s vote. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol

Hammond, Clark, Gauke and Stewart among those who ignored voting instruction

British prime minister Theresa May: under a Boris Johnson premiership, the country could begin to look more fondly on her quieter virtues. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

PM’s secretiveness and obstinacy may be dwarfed by successor’s debased rhetoric

Theresa May: “Our politics retreated back into its binary pre-referendum positions – a winner-takes-all approach to leaving or remaining.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Outgoing British PM condemns ‘politics of winners and losers’ as threat to everybody

Conservative leadership candidate Boris Johnson  at  Westminster. “No to time limits or unilateral escape hatches or all these elaborate devices, glosses, codicils and so on that you could apply to the backstop.” Photograph: Getty Images

Tory leadership candidates say backstop must be removed completely before they can accept the withdrawal agreement

Conservative Party leadership candidate Boris Johnson during a Tory leadership hustings in Colchester, Essex.  Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Analysis: Tory leadership candidate appears to be setting a course for a no-deal Brexit

Anti-Brexit protesters demonstrating before a Tory leadership hustings in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Photograph: Jacob King/PA Wire

Opponents say such an action would subvert the foundations of parliamentary government

Boris Johnson onstage during the Conservative leadership hustings at Cheltenham Racecourse: Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Tory frontrunner says arrangements to keep the Border open should be negotiated after Britain leaves

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn: rejects allegations the Labour Party is anti-Semitic.  Photograph:  Aaron Chown/PA

Ideas of Jewish manipulation of finance and politics driven by leap in membership

Boris Johnson visits a JD Wetherspoon pub as part of his  Conservative Party leadership campaign tour, in London. As the frontrunner he is expected to become prime minister on June 24th. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Pool via Bloomberg

London Letter: Dublin, Brussels and other European capitals are now playing a summer waiting game

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Photograph:  House of Commons/PA Wire

BBC documentary alleges Corbyn supporters interfered with anti-Semitism inquiry

Britain’s then British foreign secretary Boris Johnson with then British Ambassador to the United States  Kim Darroch in Washington in November 2017. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Analysis: Resignation of Kim Darroch a grim herald of the cold world awaiting UK after Brexit

Britain’s ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch listens as US president Donald Trump and British prime minister Theresa May hold a joint news conference at the White House in Washington on January 27th, 2017. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Tory leadership candidate accused of throwing Kim Darroch ‘under a bus’ after Trump row

MPs at Westminster voted to introduce same-sex marriage by October 21st unless power-sharing talks lead to the restoration of the Stormont institutions before then

Marriage equality and abortion should be decided by NI people - Donaldson

Stormont collapsed in January 2017 when the late Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin resigned as deputy first minister.

British MPs also approve proposal to extend abortion access to Northern Ireland

 Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt go head to head on ITV’s debate: “If you don’t get us out of the EU on October 31st, will you resign?” Mr Hunt  asked his rival. Photograph: Matt Frost/ITV

Frontrunner accused of ‘peddling optimism’ while dodging questions in leadership debate

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney:  Mr Coveney is set to tell Ministers  a no-deal Brexit  is more likely now than at any time to date. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA

Coveney to present contingency, ports and communication plan memos to Ministers

DUP MP Sammy Wilson has criticised a warning to unionists over a Border poll. Photograph: Liam McBurney/The Irish Times

Chair of Westminster’s Northern Ireland committee says Brexit may result in united Ireland

Britain’s ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch (centre) listens as US President Donald Trump and British prime minister Theresa May hold a joint news conference at the White House in Washington, US in January, 2017. Photograph: Reuters/Carlos Barria

Leak of messages from Washington diplomat sparks UK unease and investigation

Simon Coveney

Tánaiste to brief Cabinet on contingency plans as no-deal now seen as likely outcome

Boris Johnson insists he is not bluffing about being prepared to leave the EU without a deal. Photograph: Frank Augstein/Pool via Bloomberg

Tory opponents of no-deal say there are enough of them – ‘30-plus’ – to block it

Pro-Brexit protesters  outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

London Letter: when government says it is Brexit ready it means it has made all the preparations it can. It doesn’t mean traders a(...)

Tory leadership candidate Boris Johnson attempting to make sausages during a visit to a food company near Bedale, Yorkshire. Photograph:  Darren Staples/Bloomberg

Hunt says result of the leadership contest is not a foregone conclusion, and there is all to play for

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May will claim that she made strengthening the Union an explicit government priority. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

PM believes no-deal will boost support for NI Border poll and Scottish independence

Conservative Party leadership contender Jeremy Hunt delivers a speech on his Brexit plan  in London, England. Photograph: Frank Augstein – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Tory leadership contender sets deadline for agreeing a fresh accord that will satisfy MPs

Jeremy Hunt delivers a speech on his Brexit plan in London on Monday. Photograph: Frank Augstein/Getty Images

Foreign secretary sets out Brexit plan more implausible than Boris Johnson’s

Tory leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt appearing  on the Andrew Marr Show in London. Photograph: Reuters

Tory leadership contender joins Johnson in calling into question Britain’s obligation to pay £39bn to EU in no-deal Brexit

Boris Johnson speaks during a hustings event at Manchester Central. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Johnson pushes audience’s buttons and overshadows his Tory leadership rival

Conservative  leadership candidate Boris Johnson  with local business people in a  cafe in Oxshott, Surrey. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Tory leadership contender suggests would refuse to delay Brexit even if parliament demurs

 Jeremy Hunt talking  with Chelsea Pensioners during a tour of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. Photograph:  Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Conservative leadership contender claims the mood in Brussels has changed and the EU is more open to alternatives to the backstop

Boris Johnson: admitted he would need an agreement with the EU  to avoid a hard Border. Photograph: Reuters

Tory frontrunner repeats pledge to leave EU on October 31st with or without deal

 Jeremy Hunt: ‘We owe the Conservative party, we owe the country, a proper contest.’ Photograph:  Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images

Jeremy Hunt says former foreign secretary ‘isn’t prepared to subject himself to scrutiny’

A common food safety and animal health area covering Britain and Ireland could help to keep the Border open without the backstop after Brexit, a group of politicians, academics and trade experts has proposed. File photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Commission dominated by Brexiteers proposes special economic zones to avoid backstop

Boris Johnson: The apparent row with his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, during which she shouted “get off me” and “get out of my flat”, has revived questions about his  character. Photograph: Darren Staples/Bloomberg

Controversy over domestic incident could yet get worse for Tory leadership favourite

Boris Johnson refused to answer questions about a domestic incident at a Conservative leadership hustings in Birmingham on Saturday. The story has revived questions about his character. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski

Calls for PM candidate to explain late-night disturbance for which neighbours dialled 999

Cherished by older Conservatives, he is viewed by others as a liar and opportunist

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