Larry the cat sits outside the front door of 10 Downing Street, London. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty Images

British cabinet meeting concludes amid pressure on May to set out resignation timetable

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May leaving church near High Wycombe, England, on March 24th. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Prime minister meets leading Brexiteers at Chequers in attempt to win support for deal

Monday’s votes follow last week’s decision by EU leaders to extend Britain’s EU membership, which was due to end next Friday, until April 12th. File photograph: Getty Images

Series of parliamentary votes to take place on alternatives to May’s politically indigestible deal

Theresa May’s disastrous televised statement on Wednesday was the last straw for many ministers and backbenchers alike. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

There is a growing view May will have to go if deal is rejected again

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has refused to engage with suggestions that an EU task force could be set up to deal with the Border in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Getty Images

Merkel notes difficulties of protecting the Belfast Agreement in a no-deal situation

British prime minister Theresa May told MPs: ‘If it appears that there is sufficient support and the Speaker permits it, we can bring the deal back next week.’ Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

MPs could vote on a number of other Brexit options after EU sets new deadline of April 12th

British prime minister Theresa May ahead of the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

EU leaders agree extension if MPs approve British prime minister’s Brexit deal next week

EU Brexit negotiators among a team of officials working on the article 50 discussions

Brexiteers will face stark choice between backing May’s deal and risking European elections

UK prime minister Theresa May: ‘All MPs have been willing to say is what they do not want.’ Photograph:  Chris J Ratcliffe/Pool/EPA

PM points finger in TV address after Tusk rules out extension without MPs voting for deal

Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said  May was threatening MPs with leaving the EU without a deal. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Dominic Grieve says in Commons he has never felt so ashamed to be a Conservative

British prime minister Theresa May making a statement inside 10 Downing Street in London on Wednesday night. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/AFP/Getty Images

Theresa May’s televised Brexit statement only underlined the turmoil within her party

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May speaking during the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons in London. Photograph: HO/PRU/AFP Photo

Varadkar says it is time to ‘cut the British government some slack’ and allow extension

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and European chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier during a  council on article 50 negotiations   at the European Commission in Brussels. Photograph:  Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Justification for an extension must be linked to a new event or a new political process, says Barnier

Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson leaves the Cabinet office in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

Both sides want orderly Brexit but May’s job – and Boris’s future one – may depend on it

Commons speaker John Bercow’s warning to UK prime minister Theresa May scuppered plans to stage a third meaningful vote on her Brexit deal. Photograph: Parliamentary Recording Unit Handout/EPA

Prime minister no longer putting deal to third vote, following Bercow's intervention

Ministers continued to negotiate with the DUP over the terms on which it could support Theresa May’s deal. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Speaker of House of Commons said it could not be put to another vote without changes

John Bercow addressing MPs in the House of Commons, on Monday. The speaker didn’t alert the government to his statement in advance and Downing Street was clearly nonplussed. Photograph: PA Wire

Speaker says PM cannot bring back deal to parliament without substantial changes

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds, with fellow MP Emma Little-Pengelly, after speaking to the media outside the Cabinet Office. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

DUP says talks with UK government are focusing on legal assurances and not cash

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) deputy leader Nigel Dodds leaves after speaking to the media outside the cabinet office in London on Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Henry Nicholls

Discussions continuing with British government ahead of third vote on exit deal

An anti-Brexit protester outside the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Theresa May still wants MPs to pass her deal. Will the DUP help drag it over the line?

Democratic Unionist Party  deputy leader Nigel Dodds, speaks to the media outside the Cabinet Office, in London. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Nigel Dodds says party does not want a no-deal Brexit but needs further guarantees

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May (front centre) reacts during a debate on extending the Brexit negotiating process in Parliament in London on Thursday. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout/Reuters

DUP and UK government ministers to continue negotiations for necessary deal support

After the vote to extend the article 50 deadline, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (centre) said parties should come together to agree a common approach to Brexit. Photograph: PA Wire

MPs reject amendment that would have seen UK Parliament control how Brexit proceeds

Gavin Williamson, UK defence secretary, said his ministry  is working across government to drive through a new package of safeguards ‘to ensure our armed forces are not unfairly treated’. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Minister says his government will urgently reform system for dealing with legacy issues

John Kelly (C), whose brother Michael died during Bloody Sunday, speaks during a press conference. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

DUP’s Gregory Campbell says ‘massive imbalance’ in legacy investigations into Troubles

British prime minister Theresa May does have a chance of persuading the 10 DUP MPs to change their minds through actions taken in London rather than on the continent. Photograph: Reuters/Henry Nicholls

Officials in Brussels suggest that long extension could run from nine to 21 months

UK prime minister Theresa May (front centre) in the House of Commons. Photograph: Mark Duffy/UK Parliament/AFP/Getty

British PM issues warning after House of Commons votes to rule out no-deal exit

British environment secretary  Michael Gove: spoke of the “very real possibility of imposing a form of direct rule”. Photograph: Andy Rain

Stormont suspension not sustainable if UK crashes out and Dublin ‘engagement’ needed

The announcement comes hours after the DUP’s 10 MPs voted against British prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament via The New York Times

Irish beef exports destined for rest of the United Kingdom will be subject to tariffs

Britain will not introduce any new checks or controls on goods moving from Ireland to Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit. File Photograph: David Young/PA

All Irish beef and dairy products will be able to enter Northern Ireland tariff-free

UK prime minister Theresa May: Downing Street declined to confirm she would vote in favour of her own motion tomorrow. Photograph: Handout via Reuters

EU now in a stronger negotiating position than ever, but no deal remains legal default

British  prime minister Theresa May leaves the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday following the rejection of her deal in the Commons. Photograph: Reuters

Decisive rejection leaves MPs facing ‘unenviable choices’, prime minister says

British prime minister Theresa May: Joint instrument had the same legal status as the withdrawal agreement itself. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

If latest deal satisfies the DUP, most Tory Brexiteers are likely to fall into line

Michel Barnier, chief negotiator for the European Union,  greets British prime minister Theresa May before a news conference in Strasbourg, France, on Monday.  Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Joint interpretive instrument means EU cannot trap UK in backstop indefinitely

British prime minister Theresa May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker are pictured during a  news conference in Strasbourg on Monday. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters.

Juncker says there will be no further chances on agreement and Varadkar approves latest offer

Michel Barnier at  the  Six Nations rugby match between Ireland and France at the Aviva. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Leo Varadkar hosts Michel Barnier at private pre-match dinner in Dublin

The Government has ruled out leasing ships in the event that the route to mainland Europe is affected by Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Brexit briefing papers show legal complications of managing a crash-out scenario

British prime minister Theresa May   in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, on Friday, where she urged the European Union to make the concessions needed to persuade MPs to vote for her Brexit deal next Tuesday. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire

DUP’s Nigel Dodds says new Barnier offer on Brexit ‘neither realistic nor sensible’

Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, on Friday when she called on the European Union for “one more push” to strike a compromise on Brexit. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/AFP/Getty Images

Westminster committee says more trust and goodwill needed between Britain and EU

Britain’s attorney general Geoffrey Cox outside of Downing Street in London on February 26th. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters/File

May’s hopes for her deal rest on persuading DUP and Brexiteers on the backstop

 A billboard from the campaign group “For Our Future’s Sake” featuring various pro-Brexit figures and modelled on a controversial advert unveiled by right-wing British MEP Nigel Farage is displayed in Westminster . Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Chancellor warns Brexiteers about voting against deal

 Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley: ‘never intended to cause offence’. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Northern Secretary criticised in North and State for saying killings by soldiers, police ‘not crimes’

Police and bomb disposal teams investigate a package sent to Glasgow University. Photograph: Robert Perry/EPA

Police investigating whether incendiary devices sent to various UK sites linked to Republic

An anti-Brexit protester draped in an Tricolour and holding an EU flag stands outside of the houses of parliament in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Sammy Wilson says DUP could vote for May deal if backstop time-limited

 Democratic Unionist Party MP for East Antrim Sammy Wilson.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/The Irish Times

MP says his party would back May’s deal if time limit was imposed

Police at Waterloo rail station in London, on Tuesday. Only the package sent to the Compass Centre offices at Heathrow was opened, causing the A4 envelope the device was in to catch fire. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Three packages sent to airports and train station bore Irish stamps and postmarks

Attorney general Geoffrey Cox leaves following the weekly cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street on Tuesday.  Ministers continue to seek legally-binding changes to Theresa May’s Brexit deal in order to get backing from MPs when they vote on the deal in parliament next week. Photograph:  Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Two car manufacturers say they could move production out of Britain in event of no deal

UK prime minister Theresa May leaves a hair salon during a visit to Salisbury. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/Pool/EPA

As backstop talks continue in Brussels, hard Brexiteers line up lawyers to review outcome

Brexit endgame: Jeremy Corbyn is backing a second referendum in part to stop more MPs leaving the UK Labour Party. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

What Jeremy Corbyn, a lifelong Eurosceptic, does next could be key to the UK’s future

 Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge: Dozens of presenters on commercial local radio stations  are to lose their jobs, with hundreds more at risk. Photograph: Andy Seymour/BBC/PA

London Letter: Leave-veering audiences to lose out to capital’s output

George Eustice: European Commission has  deliberately made progress slow and difficult. Above, a video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament’s Parliamentary Recording Unit   earlier in February. Photograph:  HO/ PRU / AFP/Getty Images

Eustice says taking a no-deal Brexit off table would weaken Britain’s negotiating hand

Members of the Our Future, Our Choice youth movement  during a mass lobby of parliament outside St John’s Smith Square, London. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Macron warns Britain cannot expect EU to agree to delay if it only postpones negotiating deadline

Jacob Rees-Mogg: now says  he could vote for the prime minister’s deal even if the Northern Ireland backstop was not replaced.  Photograph: Ho Pru/AFP/Getty (

Extent of the vote in favour of Cooper’s amendment shows the ground is shifting

Theresa May’s hand was forced by the threat of ministerial resignations if she failed to rule out a no-deal Brexit on March 29th. Photograph: Frank Augstein

Sufficient backstop assurance may persuade DUP and Conservatives to back Brexit deal

British prime minister Theresa May said she would bring her deal back to the House of Commons for a “meaningful vote” by March 12th. Photograph: Getty Images

Ministers threatened to resign if UK leader failed to rule out no-deal Brexit

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg: ‘If it’s being delayed as a plot to stop Brexit altogether ... it would undermine our democracy.’ Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Mays says if MPs reject deal, they can vote on no deal and on extending article 50

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn: “We are committed to also putting forward or supporting an amendment in favour of a public vote to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit being forced on the country.” Photograph:  Aaron Chown/PA

London to bring back direct rule in NI as administrative move in event of crashout

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn:  reluctance around “public vote” helped to drive eight MPs out of the party. Photograph: Vickie Flores

Corbyn proposal to put Brexit back to people may be driven by fear of further defections

 Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in north London, Britain. Photograph: Vickie Flores/EPA

Party to support amendment that would compel Theresa May to delay Britain’s exit from EU

Joan Ryan (left) is joined by former Conservative Party and now Independent MPs Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston. Photograph: Reuters/Simon Dawson

Anna Soubry among group joining eight former Labour MPs in Independent Group

 Former  Conservative  MPs Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston arrive at a news conference in London.  Photograph:  Reuters/ Simon Dawson

Soubry, Allen and Wollaston join eight former Labour MPs in the Independent Group

British  prime minister Theresa May leaving  Downing Street. She will be  meeting  Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Wednesday evening. Photograph: Getty Images

EU is willing to consider new proposals on the backstop, but they face two big problems

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: James Forde

Three-day talks to cover economic interventions and state aid for vulnerable industries

Britain’s attorney general Geoffrey Cox leaving Downing Street after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. He is expected to return to Brussels to meet EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

EU expects Geoffrey Cox to present draft legal text on backstop as May to meet Juncker

Chuka Umunna speaking at the Independent Group launch in London. Photograph: Vickie Flores/EPA

The seven MPs of the Independent Group hope to attract disaffected Conservatives

Luciana Berger said she was “embarrassed and ashamed” to remain in Labour. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

MPs to sit as Independents in House of Commons in protest at Corbyn leadership

British prime minister Theresa May and her husband Philip leave after attending a church service near her Maidenhead constituency, in England. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Theresa May’s ministers are set for another round of Brexit talks after latest Commons defeat

Downing Street said Theresa May remained committed to securing changes to the text of the legally-binding withdrawal agreement. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Brexiteer, Remainers trade recriminations following vote in House of Commons

UK prime minister Theresa May leaving 10 Downing Street yesterday. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

MPs reject a motion endorsing the approach approved in Commons only last month

Theresa May is driven out of the Houses of Parliament after losing a vote on her Brexit withdrawal Bill. Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Brussels likely to wait and see, pending vote on February 27th that may lead to extension

A lorry carrying an effigy of Theresa May passes outside the Houses of Parliament, in Westminster. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Tory chief whip in talks with backbenchers aiming to table motion ruling out backstop

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa Mayspeaking during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons in London on Wednesday Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/ AFP/Getty

Downing Street declines to comment on remark May will give MPs ultimatum on deal

Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, along with  the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall   attend a reception at Victoria Gallery and Museum, University of Liverpool. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Michael D Higgins meets Prince Charles in Liverpool during latest leg of British visit

President Michael D Higgins lays a wreath at the memorial to the victims of the Birmingham bombings on the first day of an official visit. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Three steel trees commemorate the 21 people who died in attacks on two pubs in 1974

 British prime minister Theresa May, EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

Corbyn’s letter to May has encouraged EU officials to believe a softer Brexit can come from Westminster

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker receives prime minister Theresa May in Brussels. Photograph:  Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Varadkar to confirm EU’s repeated line to prime minister that backstop not on table

European Parliament president Antonio Tajani (right) and its head Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt give a press briefing following a meeting with Theresa May in Brussels. Photograph: François Walschaerts/AFP/Getty Images

European Parliament Brexit negotiator urges ‘cross-party co-operation’ in Westminster

Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar and European Council president Donald Tusk during a statement following their meeting in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: AP Photo/Francisco Seco

British prime minister to meet EU Council leader Donald Tusk following comments

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry speaking  in the House of Commons. She called  for Brexit to be postponed beyond March 29th. Photograph:   House of Commons/PA Wire

DUP’s Sammy Wilson describes the European Council president as a ‘devilish, trident-wielding euro maniac’

British prime minister Theresa May at a community centre during her visit to Belfast on Tuesday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA Wire.

The ‘Malthouse’ ideas are viewed on the European side as frankly ridiculous

Iain Duncan Smith and Theresa Villiers arrive at the cabinet office in Westminster for a meeting of the Alternative Arrangements Working Group to examine the Malthouse compromise. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/PA

PM persisting in backstop alternative quest while seeking to restore Stormont

British prime minister Theresa May has tasked attorney general Geoffrey Cox to formulate proposals to introduce a time limit or a unilateral exit mechanism to the backstop. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Viewed from Brussels, every part of the Malthouse compromise is out of the question

Britain’s business secretary Greg Clark says the government promised Nissan  its operations would not be hit by Brexit but the car manufacturer has abandoned production plans. Photograph: Toby Melville

Hilary Benn warns it is too late to seek alternatives such as Malthouse compromise

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May: the  official working group is  charged with finding “alternative arrangements” to replace the Northern Ireland backstop. Photograph:  Reuters/Henry Nicholls

Steve Baker warns PM she will face another defeat for Brexit deal if she fails to renegotiate withdrawal agreement

British prime minister Theresa May in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

London Letter: Prime minister could still secure changes that could satisfy MPs

UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt says that even if Theresa May secures parliamentary approval for her Brexit deal, the deadline is too close to implement all legislation required. Photograph:  Daniel Mihailescu/ AFP/Getty Images

Foreign secretary says legislating for Brexit by March 29th deadline could be ‘impossible’

Tánaiste Simon Coveney on UK approach: “It’s like saying give me what I want or I’m jumping out the window.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Brussels likely to sit tight while MPs get another chance to block no-deal on February 14th

UK prime minister Theresa May met Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday. Photograph: Mark Duffy/PA Wire

PM to meet MPs about ‘alternative arrangements’ for Border on Thursday

British prime minister Theresa May addresses MPs following the results of voting on amendments put forward by MPs over the Government’s Brexit deal, in the House of Common.

Brady amendment has identified backstop as the sole obstacle to ratifying the withdrawal agreement

British prime minister Theresa May  addresses MPs following the results of voting on amendments put forward by MPs over the Government’s Brexit deal, in the House of Commons, London, on Tuesday. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

PM wants to secure ‘legally binding changes’ to withdrawal agreement

British prime minister Theresa May said she would seek legally binding changes to the Brexit withdrawal agreement that deal with concerns on the border backstop. Photograph: Reuters

Prime minister pledges to seek binding changes to Brexit withdrawal agreement

 The House of Commons is set to vote on amendments to Theresa May’s Brexit plan in parliament on Tuesday. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Sources in Dublin dismiss plan, saying it contains no credible alternatives to backstop

British prime minister Theresa May arriving at Westminster on Monday. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Logjam continues as Conservative Brexiteers say latest proposal does not go far enough

Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Brussels won’t like Brady idea but it might give May something to bring to the EU table

The consortium said retailers typically stored no more than two weeks’ inventory and it became difficult to restock stores if the supply chain was disrupted. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

British Retail Consortium ‘extremely concerned’ about effects of disorderly Brexit

Britain’s health secretary Matt Hancock and MP Yvette Cooper on ‘The Andrew Marr Show’:  Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC

Matt Hancock tells BBC TV Ireland would not want to push Britain to leave EU with no deal

Pro-EU campaigners outside parliament in London. Photograph: EPA/Andy Rain

Treasury secretary Mel Stride says EU would push for hard border to protect single market

British prime minister Theresa May. After losing the support of one-third of Conservatives and the DUP’s 10 MPs, she appeared to be seeking to form a new majority for a Brexit deal with the help of Labour votes. Photograph: Getty Images

London Letter: UK and EU are at odds once again as a result of growing risk of no-deal

British secretary of state for work and pensions Amber Rudd. “At the moment there is a lot of change going on. I have called for a free vote for the amendments on Tuesday, and we’ll see what position the government takes,” she told BBC’s Newsnight programme. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Pressure on Theresa May as pensions secretary refuses to rule out resignation

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