UK prime minister Theresa May with other leaders during a summit at the European Council in Brussels. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Some senior EU figures believe PM will struggle to get any deal through Commons

British prime minister Theresa May and European Council president Donald Tusk during at the Asia-Europe Meeting in Brussels, on Friday.  Photograph:  Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Foreign secretary Hunt says unity had given other EU countries more leverage in talks

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May leaves after a news conference at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Merkel and Macron turn up heat on May to find a political solution to impasse

British prime minister Theresa May  did not deny reports she agreed with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, above,  that the backstop should be temporary but not time-limited. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

British PM says she wants to explore solutions to backstop issue which is blocking deal

Theresa May arrives at the European Council in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand /AFP/Getty

Part of problem is Downing Street did not to roll the pitch before announcement

The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and British prime minister Theresa May during a bilateral meeting in Brussels. Photograph: Taoiseach Government/PA Wire

British PM asserts commitment to backstop while Varadkar says time limit unworkable

British prime minister Theresa May arrives for a summit of EU leaders in Brussels. Ms May’s problem is that, with so little political room for manoeuvre at home, any sign of a concession to the EU  could trigger a cabinet revolt. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

European Parliament president says British leader has offered nothing new

 Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May during a bilateral meeting in Brussels yesterday.  Photograph: PA

British PM says most of other issues in withdrawal agreement solved

 British prime minister Theresa May: The cabinet expressed support for her  approach ahead of Wednesday’s summit in Brussels. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

British prime minister says significant progress has been made

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May meets  European Union Council president Donald Tusk  in London. Photograph: Reuters/ Frank Augstein

Analysis: May insists a deal is achievable; Barnier says negotiations need more time

Ireland’s ambassador to London Adrian O’Neill: “A backstop that has a time limit on it ceases to be a backstop.” Photograph: Brian O’Leary

‘Disappointing and concerning’ that progress on Northern Ireland so slow, says diplomat

European Council president Donald Tusk. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Donald Tusk urges EU leaders to be ‘hopeful and determined’ about deal

UK prime minister Theresa May addresses the House of Common. Photograph: PA Wire

PM fails to give DUP clear commitment that no part of UK will be treated differently

What remains uncertain is whether more time will bring new concessions from the EU or increase pressure on MPs to back her plan rather than risking a no-deal Brexit.

Suspicious DUP poised to revolt once details of a pact with European Union emerge

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: “Despite intense efforts, some key issues are still open, including the backstop for Ireland/Northern Ireland to avoid a hard border.” Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP

Backstop accord elusive for London and Brussels as time-limitation a stumbling block

Brexiteers inside and outside cabinet insist that a backstop that keeps the entire UK inside a customs union with the European Union must have a time limit. Photograph: Reuters

Tory party’s Leavers and Remainers warn against compromise on contentious backstop

 Hildegarde Naughton, TD and  Tánaiste Simon Coveney at the Getting Ireland Brexit Ready workshop, Friday, at NUI Galway. Photograph: Julien Behal

Proposals for ‘time-limited’ backstop and temporary customs deal latest sticking point

“After careening wildly to the right across a number of lanes, the former cabinet minister swerved left before stopping in the middle of the road.” Photograph: Getty Images

London Letter: Perils of travelling through the city and not being a member of the club

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May talks to employees at advertising agency WPP on Thursday as she launches her government’s Race at Work Charter.  Photograph: Henry Nicholls/AFP/Getty Images

No early breakthrough expected in Brussels talks, as DUP threaten to vote against budget

 UK prime minister Theresa May: little room for manoeuvre. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

The PM will struggle to find a majority for any deal she brings back from Brussels

British prime minister Theresa May in action today from the government benches in the House of Commons. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Failure to back Conservative party on key vote would signal end of bilateral arrangement

Daniel and Amy McArthur, who own Ashers Bakery in Belfast, arrive at the Supreme Court in London. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

Gareth Lee brought a claim against Ashers bakery for discrimination

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said the Democratic Unionist Party would not tolerate anything that separates Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA

Exchange in parliament a stark reminder to Conservative party of DUP intransigence

The UK’s Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab addressing the House of Commons. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

British plan is for whole of UK to enter ‘temporary customs arrangement’ with EU

British prime minister Theresa May’s official spokesman said on Monday there could be no legally binding withdrawal agreement without a precise political declaration about the future relationship between Britain and the EU. File photograph: Matt Dunham/PA Wire

Theresa May’s spokesman says ‘there remain big issues to work through’

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the Scottish National Party’s conference in Glasgow, Scotland on October 8th. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

First Minister believes NI would be at an advantage if it remained in single market

Theresa May’s speech at the Conservative conference in  Birmingham on Wednesday was one of her best, well-constructed with a coherent argument that hit most of the notes the occasion demanded. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

In her mostly unsuccessful time in office, May has shown remarkable political resilience

Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar and  EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels,  October 4th. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

London Letter: EU wants ‘all-weather’ backstop locked down in Brexit agreement

‘In November 2012, former British prime minister David Cameron wrote to Mark Waller, the intelligence services commissioner, asking him to keep the policy under review.’ Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Calls for tribunal to order MI5 to release information about the Third Direction policy

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May and her husband Philip greet supporters after her speech at the Conservative Party conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/Pool via Reuters

Prime minister sashays onstage in Birmingham, but will she stumble in Brussels?

 British prime minister Theresa May speaks during the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

British prime minister criticises Conservative Brexiteers for rejecting compromise

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil the Good Friday Agreement ‘is not a piece of British legislation’. Photograph: Kerstin Joensson/ AP Photo

UK preparing move on the backstop as DUP fears rise

DUP leader Arlene Foster during a Bloomberg  interview at the Conservative Party  conference in Birmingham. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Foster says any deal that separates North from rest of UK would be an unacceptable violation of UK’s constitutional integrity

“This is not what we voted for”: Conservative Party politician Boris Johnson. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

British PM reacts after former foreign secretary labels Chequers Brexit plan ‘a cheat’

Boris Johnson addresses delegates at  the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham. Photograph: Toby Melville/ Reuters

Analysis: Johnson can still excite the Conservative base, but is that enough?

Jacob Rees-Mogg addresses a Leave Means Leave event, on the sidelines of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, on Monday. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Analysis: As Conservative Party contenders vie for May’s crown precious time is ticking away

UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab: “The EU’s theological approach allows no room for serious compromise.” Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Brexit secretary reiterates point that UK will listen to new ideas - but is willing to crash out

Jeremy Hunt: “What happened to the confidence and ideals of the European dream?” Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

May defends Chequers proposal as only plan on table as Johnson waits in the wings

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn: decision at its annual conference to keep open the option of backing a second referendum was a major boost for Remainers. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

London Letter :Silver lining of no-deal fear is remote chance of second referendum

 Boris Johnson: “Go back to our EU friends and tell them that the December 8 Irish ‘backstop’ arrangement . . .  is no longer operative”

Former foreign secretary says Ireland exploited Theresa May’s ‘infirmity of purpose’

British Labour  leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers the  keynote speech at his party’s  conference in Liverpool yesterday. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Analysis: British Labour Party shows dynamism and a clarity of purpose

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn after delivering his speech at the party’s conference in Liverpool on Wednesday. He said  the Conservatives saw Brexit as an opportunity to impose a free market “shock doctrine” on Britain. Photograph:  Hannah McKay/Reuters

Labour leader says Tories targeting workers’ rights and promises to vote against May’s plan

Shadow secretary of state for Brexit Keir Starmer addresses delegates at the Labour Party conference in  Liverpool. ‘Nobody is ruling out remain.’ Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Keir Starmer says party is likely to vote against any deal Theresa May makes with EU

Former Labour MP Gisela Stuart (second, left), former Brexit secretary David Davis, Jacob Rees-Mogg  and former secretary of state for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers, on Monday. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Bus and coach services could also cease and road hauliers be banned if no deal agreed

Anti-Brexit campaigners stand the Labour conference in Liverpool. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Party leaning towards softest of Brexits but caution leads to second referendum fudge

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow chancellor John McDonnell in Liverpool during the party’s annual conference. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Party at odds over whether option to Remain should be on ballot in event of second vote

Jeremy Corbyn said: “Let’s see what comes out of conference. I’m bound by the democracy of our party.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Delegates at party conference on Tuesday are expected to support another referendum

Campaigners take part in a People’s Vote March in central Liverpool on Sunday. The protest and march was to call for members of the public to be given a vote on the final negotiations of the UK’s exit from the EU. Photograph: EPA

Agreement should have ‘same benefits’ as customs union and single market membership

British prime minister Theresa May makes a defiant statement on Brexit negotiations from Downing Street. Photograph: WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prime minister says EU should treat UK with respect and stop making ‘unacceptable’ demands

UK prime minister Theresa May arrives to make a statement on Brexit negotiations at No 10 Downing Street. Photograph: Jack Taylor/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Labour attacks PM’s negotiating strategy as Rees-Mogg supports her ‘strong’ stance

British prime minister Theresa May ruled out two of the options still on the table after the remains of Chequers have been taken away. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Reuters

Analysis: PM’s Downing Street fighting talk likely to play well at Tory party conference

Fish and chips with mushy peas. Photograph: iStock

There must be many Johns in England who dislike eating from slates, the EU and change

Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has ruled out a second referendum but Lord John Kerr’s report says it is possible. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga

‘Until UK has left EU, article 50 letter can be withdrawn,’ says John Kerr in new report

Dominic Raab: “We’ve made the compromises and we showed the ambition and we do need to see that matched on the EU side.” Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

UK’s Brexit minister says fresh referendum on outcome of negotiations not on cards

 Britain’s Brexit secretary  Dominic Raab at Downing Street in London. File photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Cabinet secretary claims British parliament is ‘unionist’ and will defend UK’s ‘integrity’

The dispute between Britain and the EU over a backstop to guarantee that the Border will remain open is the biggest stumbling block in the way of the two sides sealing a Withdrawal Agreement

Prime minister to say people of Northern Ireland have to be listened to in negotiations

The Supreme Court ruled in October 2016 that the so-called Voisinage Agreement, an informal arrangement dating from the 1960s and limited to small fishing vessels, had to be provided for in legislation if it was to continue.  Photograph: Chris Furlong/Getty Images

Claim that mutual fishing rights suspension is causing hardship to North’s fishermen

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley:  the Northern Ireland affairs committee welcomed her  decision to cut the pay of MLAs while the Assembly is suspended. Photograph: Getty Images

British government urged to move beyond ‘sticking plaster’ approach to collapse of devolved institutions

Britain’s former Brexit minister David Davis at a meeting of the pro-Brexit European Research Group in London. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Image of European Research Group as a highly disciplined machine takes another hit

Prime minister Theresa May chaired a three-hour, special cabinet meeting on Thursday devoted entirely to the consequences of a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

British driving licences could become invalid in EU, government warns

‘If you are an Irish citizen you would continue to have the right to enter and remain in the UK, as now’. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Irish abroad will be protected under the Common Travel Area, British government confirms

Conservative MP and European Research Group (ERG) chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg (left) listens as Britain’s former Brexit minister David Davis (right) speaks during a meeting of the pro-Brexit ERG in central London on Thursday. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Denis Staunton: Proposal offered little more than same ‘fixes’ doing rounds for two years

Jacob Rees-Mogg said the paper sought to address the Border issue from the point of view of the EU’s need to maintain the integrity of the single market.  File photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Rees-Mogg’s group’s report suggests customs can be conducted away from the Border

Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson: set out the case for a no-deal Brexit, which they said would make the UK richer. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Conservative backbench Brexiteers claim nothing to fear from no-deal Brexit

European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier  said a Brexit deal could be done within six or eight weeks, a statement that lifted sterling. Photograph:   Yves Herman/Reuters

Denis Staunton: British hopes pinned on informal meeting of EU leaders later this month

 Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg arriving at  Westminster on Monday. Photograph:  EPA/Neil Hall

Barnier suggests withdrawal agreement could be sealed within six to eight weeks

Boris Johnson. “We have wrapped a suicide vest around the British constitution – and handed the detonator to Michel Barnier,” he wrote in the Mail on Sunday. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Shadow Brexit secretary among the many politicians to condemn ex-foreign secretary’s words

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: ‘The challenges of these Brexit negotiations should never be twisted into tools for a constitutional agenda for Northern Ireland’ Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

Coveney urges respect in talks about possible change as Martin criticises Government’s approach


Leavers realise EU exit in March without a transition period would be catastrophic

How O’Riordan died will be investigated during the hearing at Westminster Coroner’s Court. Photograph: EPA

Lead singer of The Cranberries was found dead in a hotel room in January

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are seen on CCTV at Salisbury Station on March 3rd, 2018 in an image handed out by the Metropolitan Police in London

UK identifies two Russians as suspects in poisoning of former spy and his daughter

Protesters demonstrate against prime minister Theresa May’s Chequers plan. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Brexiteer Tories had claimed Barnier shared their enthusiasm for Canada-style deal

In this handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police, Salisbury Novichok poisoning suspects Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are shown on CCTV at Salisbury train station at 16:11hrs on March 3rd, 2018. Photograph: Metropolitan Police via Getty Images

Investigators think two men visiting from Moscow tried to commit murder in Salisbury

British Brexit secretary Dominic Raab: Told MPs that a no-deal Brexit “could bring some opportunities”. Photograph: EPA

Dominic Raab tells MPs that if ‘pragmatism’ matched by EU then UK will be ready for exit

Labour Party supporting Jews demonstrate outside a meeting of the Labour National Executive Committee in London. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Board of deputies of British Jews hails adoption of Holocaust remembrance definition

Seventy per cent of under-threes in Spain are not in child care

Former UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson accused the EU of  ‘manipulating the issue of the  Border’. Photograph: Ben Stansall/Getty Images

British leader refutes ‘white flag fluttering’ broadside from ex-foreign secretary Johnson

 British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn eats his lunch on board a train to Hull from Leeds. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Party to take action amid continued controversy over its attitude towards Jewish people

Michel Barnier, chief negotiator for the EU. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Negotiator rejects UK proposal saying it could end single market and EU project

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May meeting  scouts in Nairobi: can expect her MPs to return to Westminster complaining about her Chequers proposal. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

London Letter: Macron warns UK its sovereign choice cannot be at cost of EU integrity

Frank Field: relinquishing the Labour Party whip. Photograph: Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty

Frank Field says Labour ‘increasingly seen as a racist party’

Britain’s Brexit secretary Dominic Raab at the parliamentary committee on Wednesday. “You have a unionist parliament as well as a Conservative and unionist government,” he said.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

David Lidington says no time for new proposals as Barnier rules out single-market compromise

UK prime minister Theresa May meets South African president Cyril Ramaphosa. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/EPA

Chancellor says leaving EU with no deal could cost UK £80bn in borrowing to 2033

Britain’s Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has said the British government is committed to safeguarding the Belfast Agreement and avoiding a hard Border. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Brexit proposal comes as Michel Barnier warns of need to ‘de-dramatise’ backstop issue

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s left social democracy is so popular that the Conservatives have all but given up on opposing it. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

London Letter: Ambitions could be thwarted by electoral system and out-of-touch policies

 Dominic Raab, the British Brexit secretary, is still confident that a deal can be reached with the EU. Photograph: EPA/Luke MacGregor / POOL

British government issues warning notices to businesses if agreement with EU fails

Britain’s Brexit secretary  Dominic Raab gestures during his speech outlining the British government’s plans for a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Brexit secretary Dominic Raab restates commitment to keeping Irish Border open

UK Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, pauses during a question and answer session after delivering a speech in London on Thursday. Photograph: Bloomberg

Even pictures of rotting lungs on cigarette packs will have to be changed

UK Brexit minister Dominic Raab: “I remain confident a good deal is within our sights.” Photograph: François Lenoir/File Photo/Reuters

Brexit minister Dominic Raab will stress that UK believes prospect of no deal unlikely

UK Brexit minister Dominic Raab and European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

Meanwhile Labour frontbencher says second people’s vote would ‘undermine democracy’

The British government prepares to publish the first tranche of more than 70 “technical notices” designed to prepare for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.

British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt to say ‘Britain would, of course, find way to prosper’

HMP Birmingham: Inspectors found blood, vomit and rat droppings on the floor of the prison, where drugs were used openly and inmates appeared to be in control.   Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA

Inspectors found inmates appeared to be in control of prison in Birmingham

 Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney during a press conference on College Green in London, following a meeting of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference.  Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Decision made at first meeting of British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference since 2007

Ian Paisley will be excluded from the House of Commons for 30 sitting days from September 4th following a major breach of parliamentary rules.

Party to review conduct of North Antrim MP, excluded for not declaring Sri Lanka holidays

Alexanda Kotey and Shafee Elsheikh. Photograph: Syrian Democratic Forces/Handout via Reuters

Furore over home secretary's failure to seek assurances pair would not be executed

UK prime minister Theresa May visiting the Reece Group’s Armstrong Works in Newcastle. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/PA Wire

In Lords, Michael Heseltine becomes latest senior Tory to call for second referendum

TV host Andrew Marr and Brexit secretary Dominic Raab: Mr Raab described reports the government was planning to stockpile food and drugs as unhelpful but did not deny them. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA

‘We will be in a state of emergency. Services might not be available,’ says Dominic Grieve

Chief EU negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier: has gently demolished Theresa May’s Chequers proposal. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

Poisonous atmosphere prevails as Tory infighting persists around Brexit-related Bills

Last Night at the Proms: Remainers have taken to bringing European flags into the Royal Albert Hall to wave alongside the Union Jacks. Photograph: BBC

Even the free movement of musical instruments could end, says one composer

British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a keynote speech at the Waterfront Hall  in Belfast: Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty

Coveney: If UK rejects EU plan it needs to come up with alternative

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