Theresa May reacts during a news conference at Downing Street in London.

Concern in Dublin for May’s prospects as ministers resign and MPs move to oust her

Hardline Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg praised the prime minister  before describing how she had broken her commitments on Brexit, while DUP MP Nigel Dodds dispensed with the weasel flattery. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

London Letter: Parliamentary arithmetic suggests deal will be defeated in December vote

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May battled against a rebellion over her draft Brexit deal on Thursday, as ministers resigned and members of her own party plotted to oust her. Photograph: AFP

‘My approach throughout has been to put the national interest first’

British prime minister Theresa May delivering a Brexit statement at 10 Downing Street on Wednesday. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Protocol on Northern Ireland provides backstop guarantee that will safeguard a soft border

UK prime minister Theresa May is still up against it. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

PM faces grim parliamentary arithmetic that offers no apparent route to victory

 Prime minister Theresa May preparing to make a statement outside 10 Downing Street  on Wednesday. Photograph:    Reuters/Henry Nicholls

Report claims 10 ministers spoke out against prime minister’s deal at cabinet meeting

  Steve Baker: “The Irish were asked twice, and by the time the Irish had been asked twice I was going through the roof.” Photograph: Getty Images

Former Brexit minister Steve Baker predicts if the deal is put to a vote in the Commons dozens of Conservative MPs will vote again(...)

 An anti-Brexit demonstrator outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Conservative Brexiteers said they would vote against the draft Brexit deal. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach and Tánaiste meet officials to discuss text agreed by negotiators

UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab leaves 10 Downing Street on Tuesday. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Support of attorney general and Brexit secretary crucial to prime minister’s strategy

The EU and the UK have reportedly agreed the main details of the withdrawal agreement. Photograph: Getty

Foster says NI trade rules being set in Brussels would be ‘democratically unacceptable’

British prime minister Theresa May speaking at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at the Guildhall in London on Monday night.  “The negotiations for our departure are now in the endgame,” she said. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Theresa May says speculation about an imminent breakthrough in talks is premature

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May at annual Lord Mayor’s Banquet in London: “Any deal must ensure we take back control of our laws, borders and money.” Photograph: Henry Nicholls

Downing Street given Wednesday deadline if Brexit summit to be held by November’s end

Brittish prime minister Theresa May at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in London, on Monday. If a Brexit solution is found, she must win the approval first of her cabinet and later of parliament. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

If there is no breakthrough by Wednesday evening a deal will have to wait until December 13th

Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom: “It must be capable for the United Kingdom to decide to leave that customs arrangement and it cannot be something the European Union can hold us to.” Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Conservative Brexiteers and pro-Europeans opposing stance on EU customs arrangement

DUP leader Arlene Foster with UK prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/PA Wire

May’s letter ‘raises alarm bells’ for those who value the integrity of the union, says Foster

British prime minister Theresa May, whose cabinet is expected to meet early next week to consider a draft Brexit agreement including a compromise proposal on the Border backstop. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Arlene Foster accuses British PM of breaking promises over proposal for Northern Ireland

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds. “Our position has always been and remains that we will not support arrangements that leave Northern Ireland separated from the rest of the United Kingdom and tied to the European Union’s customs or regulatory regimes.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Britain wants a UK-wide customs arrangement to be written into the legally-binding withdrawal agreement

Britain’s Brexit Minister Dominic Raab: admitted he underestimated the consequences of crashing out of the EU without a deal.  Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

Downing Street will seek a UK-wide customs backstop, which will alarm Brexiteers

Britain’s foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt: deal may be agreed within three weeks but signing it off within the next week is “probably pushing it”. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP

Coveney warns agreement within UK cabinet not same as overall member state approval

Britain’s environment secretary Michael Gove: “It’s a great document.” Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

UK cabinet likely to sign off on a Brexit withdrawal agreement within a week

Geoffrey Cox, the UK’s attorney general, arriving at 10 Downing Street for a cabinet meeting. He described the EU’s willingness to consider a review mechanism for the backstop  a “major step” towards a deal. Photograph: Bloomberg

EU believes movement on Border issue this week would allow for November summit

 Britain’s prime minister Theresa May:  Downing Street characterised her  call to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Monday as an opportunity to take stock of the progress being made in the negotiations. Photograph: Reuters

Brexit secretary Dominic Raab dismisses reports he is on the verge of resigning over backstop

The bare-bones customs union for Britain would mean that regulatory checks would still be necessary at cross-channel ports like Dover and Calais, but London would not be able to set its own tariffs

May’s spokesman declines to say if Britain is seeking a system of third-party arbitration to determine when the backstop should en(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made clear to British prime minister Theresa May  his “consistent” position that a unilateral withdrawal from the Border backstop by the UK was unacceptable. Photograph: Tom Honan

Taoiseach underlines ‘consistent’ stance on Border in call with British prime minister

Arron Banks has said he would now vote to remain in the European Union. Photograph: Matthew Chattle/Barcroft Images

Arron Banks claims the ‘sewer’ of British politics is unleashing ‘demons’ over Brexit

British prime minister Theresa May speaking during prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons on October 31st. Photograph: PA Wire

Deal would see EU writing the outline of a bare-bones customs union covering all the UK

Caroline Nokes told the Home Affairs Committee that if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, employers will have to distinguish between EU citizens who arrived before Brexit day and those who came in afterwards.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

London Letter: Britain’s policy seems to be puzzling immigration minister Nokes too

Arron Banks: denied any wrongdoing in connection to the 2016 Brexit referendum. Photograph: Matthew Chattle/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Electoral Commission refers Leave campaigner after investigation into referendum funding

Dominic Raab: “I would be happy to give evidence to the committee when a deal is finalised, and currently expect 21 November to be suitable.”  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Discussions to resume in earnest next week in an effort to find a breakthrough  

A Loggerhead turtle trapped in a drifting net in the Mediterranean: a World Wildlife Fund report calls for “a new global deal for nature and people” similar to the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. Photograph:  Jordi Chias/WWF/PA

Humankind ‘sleepwalking to a cliff edge’ as biodiversity loss threatens people’s futures

If Hammond’s move, which follows unilateral initiatives in Spain and India, helps to accelerate progress on a global approach to taxing the digital economy, Google, Facebook and Amazon may have more to worry about

Analysis: Proposed tax on tech giants is a backstop plan to a similar EU plan

UK chancellor Philip Hammond said “austerity is finally coming to an end” as he hailed a significant improvement in the country’s public finances. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA UK chancellor Philip Hammond said “austerity is finally coming to an end” as he hailed a significant improvement in the country’s public finances

Chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond declares era of austerity at ‘an end’

When EU leaders discussed Britain’s departure in Brussels last week, they were happy to continue delegating the negotiations to Michel Barnier. This is partly an expression of Brexit fatigue, which may also explain why the leaders are relatively relaxed about the prospect of a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: AP

London Letter: Fears Britain could seek to use Border issue for trade deal leverage

Brexit secretary Dominic Raab: says France or Spain would never accept a backstop proposal similar to the one the EU wants UK to accept. Photograph: PA Wire

‘Biggest impact would be on trade with Ireland that passes through this country’

British prime minister Theresa May: her greatest defence remains the absence of plausible alternatives and the destructive potential of a leadership contest at a crucial stage in the Brexit negotiations. Photograph: EPA

British PM survives 1922 Committee meeting but Brexit mutiny is still in the air

Karen Bradley: the amendment requires Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley ‘to issue guidance’ to explain how officials can continue to enforce laws that outlaw abortion and same-sex marriage. Photograph: EPA/ Neil Hall

North moves a step closer to abortion rights and marriage equality

UK prime minister Theresa May told Jacob Rees-Mogg that reports the European Court of Justice would be the final arbiter in most cases arising from Brexit were wrong. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

British prime minister receives warm reception from Conservative 1922 Committee

UK prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Alastair Grant/AFP/Getty Images

PM’s spokesman brushes aside report that EU ready to offer UK-wide customs backstop

Prime minister Theresa May making a statement in the House of Commons in London on Monday.   Photograp: PA Wire

‘Britain is an important country, a serious country, a great country with great history’

Prime minister Theresa May  in the House of Commons, Monday. Photograph:  PA

Immediate threat to May’s leadership recedes as she delivers carefully crafted speech

British prime minister Theresa May said an option to extend the post-Brexit transition period beyond December 2020 was one  alternative to the backstop.  Photograph:   PA Wire

Brexit withdrawal text must include Northern Ireland backstop, say EU negotiators

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley: ‘We are committed to everything we have agreed to in the joint report and we will ensure there is no border on the island of Ireland.’ File photograph: Iain Duncan Smith/EPA

Northern Secretary claims government plans to stick to December agreement over Border

Simon Coveney: “There will be no withdrawal agreement without the backstop, end of story.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Tánaiste alludes to no deal after Brexit secretary Raab suggests backstop ‘alternative’

UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/Handout via Reuters

About 700,000 people rallied in London on Saturday for a second referendum

UK prime minister Theresa May and her husband Philip arrive for a church service near to her Maidenhead constituency on Sunday. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

Raab says solution must ensure UK not ‘left indefinitely in a sort of customs union limbo’


European governments believe a deal is unlikely before mid-December

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

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