British secretary of state for exiting the European Union David Davis was speaking in Vienna on Tuesday. Photograph:  Heinz-Peter Bader/EPA

Denis Staunton: Acknowledgment that much will have to remain the same is important

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley arriving at Downing Street earlier today. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images.

Northern secretary says issue of same-sex marriage should be left to devolved assembly

UK Brexit secretary David Davis: “We are a leading proponent of the rules based international system,” he told an audience in Vienna. Photograph:  Roland Schlager/EPA

Brexit secretary backs principle of ‘fair competition’ ahead of key war cabinet meeting

A closed sign outside a KFC restaurant near Ashford, Kent. The acute shortage closed two-thirds of KFC’s 900 restaurants. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Fowl-play not suspected as new delivery partner causes fried chicken shortage

Brexit secretary will say UK prefers mutual recognition of rules rather than full convergence

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry: hinted Labour could back remaining in a European customs union after Brexit. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

May’s government committed to leaving customs union and single market after Brexit

Sinn Féin’s vice-president Michelle O’Neill,  president Mary Lou McDonald and party negotiator Conor Murphy at a press conference at Parliament Buildings in Stormont in Belfast on Thursday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Dublin calls for a cooling-off period as Sinn Féin and the DUP continue to clash

Oxfam is struggling to stem an exodus of support after the ‘Times’ newspaper alleged it had concealed findings from an inquiry into the behaviour of several staff members. File photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Roland van Hauwermeiren resigned amid claims he used sex workers

“The food in this shabby, neighbourhood joint was  a stranger to flavour.” Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

London Letter: Unfortunately, we ensured anguish was on the menu that day

British foreign and commonwealth minister: said leaving the European Union is “not grounds for fear, but hope”. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty

Analysis: UK lack of clarity on exit transition evident as mood in Brussels grows darker

Boris Johnson delivering his Brexit speech in London on Wednesday.  He said Britain must “take back control” of its regulatory framework. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Foreign secretary calls for both sides in 2016 referendum to unite behind Brexit

A  float satirises Brexit at the Rosenmontag  carnival parade in Duesseldorf on February 12th. Photograph: Thilo Schmuelgen/Reuters

Boris Johnson poised to give speech to unite factions with liberal, optimistic view of Brexit

An Oxfam store in London, as the charity faced crisis talks with the British government on Monday. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Penny Lawrence resigns amid scandal over claims workers hired prostitutes in Haiti

Carwyn Jones: “We find that we can’t get a common view from the UK government because no such view exists. I don’t know what the UK’s endgame is.”  Photograph:  Getty Images

Jones says May’s government is so divided it cannot articulate what UK wants from Brexit talks

UK Brexit secretary David Davis says “there is a fundamental contradiction in the approach the commission is taking”. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Nigel Dodds criticises Michel Barnier’s assertion customs controls are unavoidable

Conservative party member of parliament Jacob Rees-Mogg delivers a petition against the provision of foreign aid to 10 Downing Street in London on Thursday. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

London Letter: Whitehall is loud with chatter about customs arrangements and partnerships

Britain’s secretary of state for exiting the EU, David Davis: “I do not think it was in good faith to publish a document with frankly discourteous language.” Photograph: Steve Parsons

EU plan for potential sanctions against UK instead of going to ECJ draws criticism

The Houses of Parliament in London, England. Almost one in five people working at Westminster have experienced or witnessed sexual harassment or inappropriate behaviour in the past year. File photograph: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Parliamentarians who bully or sexually harass staff could be sacked under new proposals

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May: “The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. That means we are leaving the single market and the customs union.” Photograph: AFP

Leaked Treasury document states that economic growth could decline by 12 per cent in the North over 15 years

Britain’s Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley  said she firmly believed “an agreement in the coming days, while not certain, is achievable. That remains my focus”. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Talks at a delicate stage but parties are ‘working late into the night most nights to reach a resolution’

Students take a selfie against a mural including Emmeline Pankhurst (top left) in Manchester to mark the 100th anniversary of the Representation of People Act which allowed women to vote in the UK. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

Leaked document says EU may seek way to punish UK during transition phase

“Good-quality journalism ... is a huge force for good.” Theresa May gives a speech in Manchester on the future of newspapers, on Tuesday.  Photograph: Paul Ellis/Reuters

Theresa May warns that closure of local and national titles a danger to democracy

Brexit secretary David Davis welcomes the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier to Downing Street. Photograph: Hannah Mckay/Reuters

Time has come to make a choice, Britain told

Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis and the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speak inside 10 Downing Street, on Monday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/Reuters

Analysis: After days of vituperation about customs union Downing Street seeks to dampen row

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May  will chair two meetings of her Brexit war cabinet  in an attempt to agree on what Britain wants from the next stage of the negotiations. Photograph: Reuters/Peter Nicholls

Party hardliners threaten to move against Theresa May if she agrees to remain in any form of customs union with the EU

EU chief negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier is set to express Brussels’s frustration at the UK’s inability to make its position clear. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

Europe plans strategy as British government rows ahead of May-Barnier meeting

First minister for Wales Carwyn Jones: “Ministers in London have yet to show us any evidence of the benefits of leaving the single market and the customs union.” Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Carwyn Jones says tariffs may damage lamb and shellfish trade with border hitting ports

Robin Walker: “We believe it is in everybody’s interest to come to a solution which facilitates the continuation of the single electricity market”

Robin Walker acknowledges challenges but says solution in ‘everybody’s interest’

 Brexit minister Steve Baker has been accused of of fuelling conspiracy theories and undermining the civil service. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Steve Baker under fire for claiming Treasury officials skewed data to promote soft Brexit

Protesters carry banners demanding social housing not to be sold by the government. Photograph:  Gustavo Valiente via Getty Images

London Letter: Party’s anti-Corbyn MPs want controversial housing proposal to go ahead

President Michael D Higgins said differences over Brexit between Britain and Ireland were inevitable but  called for “positive and helpful” discourse. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Britain and Ireland must continue to co-operate regardless of shape of final deal

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: played down divisions over how to legislate for abortion, saying there was more agreement than disagreement on how to proceed.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach warns of ban on foreign funding of groups campaigning in abortion referendum

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson greets Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney at the foreign and commonwealth office in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Jack Taylor/AFP/Getty

Tánaiste tells Chatham House of desire for post-Brexit Anglo-Irish relations framework

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley giving evidence to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee at the House of Commons, London. Photograph: PA Wire

Northern Secretary says majority of pledged £1bn will not be spent until Executive restored

Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer threatened to use an arcane parliamentary procedure to force the government to publish the report. Photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA

Leaked document forecasts leaving will damage Britain in every scenario

Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May:  a confidence vote may be looming. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Conservatives claiming EU transition deal will reduce Britain to status of ‘vassal state’

Brexit secretary David Davis gives evidence to the European Union select committee in the House of Lords on Monday. Photograph: PA Wire

David Davis says next phase of talks with EU will offer scope to resolve Border issues

Secretary of state for exiting the EU David Davis: concerned over decisions by Brussels  that would affect Britain during Brexit transition. Photograph: Toby Melville

EU control over UK post-Brexit ‘not particularly democratic’, says David Davis

Henry Bolton announcing his decision not to resign as Ukip leader in Folkestone on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Henry Bolton says he will ‘drain the swamp’ in his party after no-confidence vote in his leadership

Brexit stance: Emmanuel Macron, the French president, with Theresa May, the British PM, in London last week. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty

Government needs to balance our ties to Britain with our role in Europe

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn: nine out of 10 Labour MPs reject his view  continued membership of the single market is incompatible with Brexit.  Photograph: PRU/Paul Ellis/AFP

Two-thirds of Tory MPs oppose ECJ jurisdiction over Britain during transition period

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

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

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

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

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

Minister gives assurance during debate on EU withdrawal

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

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

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

Government faces criticism as Cobra committee convenes to protect public services

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

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

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

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

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

Minister for Foreign Affairs meets new Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley

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

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

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

The former Northern Ireland first minister backed Brexit in 2016 referendum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arlene Foster says more work needed on Border text

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

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

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

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

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

Nobody speaks in favour of any special regime for Northern Ireland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Damian Green already being investigated after journalist claimed he acted inappropriately

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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