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‘Until UK has left EU, article 50 letter can be withdrawn,’ says John Kerr in new report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

Conservative Party chief whip Julian Smith: embroiled in scandal over breaking with tradition of pairs of MPs agreeing not to vote if one is unable to come to Westminster. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty

‘This government is rotten to its core,’ says Labour’s Ian Lavery of Julian Smith’s actions

DUP MP Ian Paisley apologises to the House of Commons in London for failing to register two family holidays funded by the Sri Lankan government, which he previously estimated was worth £50,000. Photograph: PA Wire

Emotional MP pleads with constituents to continue to have confidence in him

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arriving at Derrynane House, Kerry, for a special Cabinet meeting:   Ministers agreed to hire 1,000 additional customs and veterinary officials. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Brussels has vowed to stand by Ireland in no-deal ‘doomsday scenario’, says Taoiseach

A video grab  shows Britain’s former foreign secretary Boris Johnson delivering a speech in the House of Commons in London. Photograph: Parliamentary Recording Unit/AFP/Getty Images

Former foreign secretary urges Theresa May to abandon ‘miserable’ Chequers plan

Boris Johnson makes his statement to the House of Commons on his resignation as UK foreign secretary. Photograph: PA Wire

Former foreign secretary uses resignation speech to describe Brexit plan as ‘vassalage’

Photo of the portrait of Constance Countess Markievicz (1901). Photograph: Estate of Boleslaw von Szankowski/PA Wire

Reproduction of 1901 oil painting of the Countess will go on permanent display

Prime minister Theresa May spent much of Tuesday meeting representatives from Conservative associations to brief them on her plans. Photograph: PA Wire

Rebels help inflict surprise defeat on Theresa May over medicines regulations

British prime minister Theresa May:  says the amendments to the customs Bill make no difference to the Chequers plan because they reflect government policy. Photograph: Matt Cardy/AFP/Getty Images

Theresa May’s government is caught in a crossfire between Brexiteers and Remainers

US president Donald Trump and British prime minister Theresa May: Nations must be “clear and unwavering about where Russia needs to change its behaviour”. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/AP

May charges Russia with undermining West’s interests and cites nerve agent attack

British prime minister Theresa May giving a statement on the 2018 Nato Brussels summit  in the House of Commons    on Monday. Photograph:  PA Wire

Former Remainer Anna Soubry says it is ‘the stuff of complete madness’ for the government to accept the amendments

UK prime minister Theresa May on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC Handout via Reuters

Prime minister defends ‘common rule book’ as protecting British jobs and livelihoods

Brexit resignations: Boris Johnson and David Davis (with defence secretary Gavin Williamson, right) leave Downing Street. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

With Davis and Johnson gone, can any form of Brexit now find a Westminster majority?

A drag queen joins protesters against the UK visit of US president Donald Trump as they gathered to take part in a march and rally in London on Friday. Photograph:  Niklas Hallen/AFP/Getty Images

May looked nauseous while he displayed unpleasant qualities that inspired massive protest

US president Donald Trump walks with UK prime minister Theresa May prior to a joint press conference at Chequers, her country residence in Buckinghamshire, on Friday. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

US president says he will support whatever stance British prime minister takes on Brexit

Bashed car with a banner reading “For sale – but no one’s buying May’s Brexit banger” is driven around Parliament Square in London. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Paper adds some detail to Chequers proposal but EU may dismiss key parts as unworkable

“I have deep misgivings about what the government are proposing,” said former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith. Photograph: iStock

Hardline Brexiteers unhappy about White Paper plotting course to ‘half-leave’ the EU

US president Donald Trump  and Melania Trump leave the US ambassador’s residence  for  Blenheim Palace for  dinner. Photograph: AFP/Getty

At first official dinner May tells Trump Brexit offers opportunity to deepen UK-US relations

A banged up car decorated with a banner saying “For sale - but no one’s buying May’s Brexit banger” is driven around Parliament Square. The People’s Vote Campaign organised the stunt. Photograph: Getty Images

British white paper opens door to preferential migration treatment for EU nationals

Brexit campaigner Jacob Rees-Mogg: ‘The amendments will put into law the government’s often stated position that Northern Ireland should be treated the same way as the rest of the country.’ Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

Hardline Conservatives step up opposition to proposals agreed at Chequers

German chancellor Angela Merkel and UK prime minister Theresa May in London. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

Departure of Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield reflects unease of backbench Brexiteers

British prime minister Theresa May is working to shore up support for her Brexit strategy after the resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis. Photograph: Getty Images

Boris Johnson says Chequers plan would make the UK an EU ‘colony’

Ruptures aplenty: David Davis (left) is no longer Brexit secretary, and Boris Johnson (centre) is no longer foreign secretary, in Theresa May’s cabinet. File photograph: Peter Nicholls/AFP/Getty Images

1922 Committee does not trigger confidence vote and PM leaves meeting to applause

Britain’s former foreign secretary Boris Johnson: his many critics will question his motives in stepping down, pointing to his long history of political opportunism and self-interest. Photograph: Toby Melville

Resignations by Davis and Johnson push May’s government closer to the brink

David Davis’s resignation has delivered Theresa May a fresh crisis and increased the likelihood of a backbench challenge to May’s leadership. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Analysis: Few believe PM would lose confidence vote as no majority for hard Brexit

Theresa May’s proposal as it stands will not be acceptable to the European Union. Photograph: Joel Rouse/ Crown Copyright via Getty Images

The further compromises the EU will seek will test the unity she imposed at Chequers

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson departs Downing Street following a cabinet meeting in London last week. Photograph: EPA

PM tells MPs that strategy agreed last week represents the ‘right Brexit’

Theresa May speaks to members of her cabinet at the prime minister’s rural country residence, Chequers, west of London. Photograph: Joel Rouse/AFP/Getty Images

Denis Staunton: Theresa May faced down Brexiteer ministers – but EU may be sceptical

British prime minister Theresa May hosts a meeting with her cabinet at Chequers to discuss Brexit. Photograph: Joel Rouse/MOD Crown Copyright

British ministers agree at Chequers summit to plans for a new EU-UK free trade area

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

EU’s chief Brexit negotiator says there will be no new border between NI and rest of UK

British prime minister Theresa May with German chancellor Angela Merkel  in Berlin on Thursday. Brexit was to be a major topic of their meeting. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Dublin might help matters by offering a less confrontational, more subtle response

Irish sources expressed concern that Theresa  May’s anticipated move would be unacceptable to Brussels. Photograph: Sean Gallup/EPA

Irish Government expects British prime minister to signal towards soft Brexit

Peter Preston: journalism “is the product of free minds, not formulas”. Photograph: Ben Gurr/The Times/PA Wire

Late ‘Guardian’ editor thought journalism needed to prove itself as being worthy of trust

British prime minister Theresa May:  cabinet has a great opportunity and  duty to set an ambitious post-Brexit course for the country. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty

Notion UK unable to negotiate trade accord with US rejected as ‘categorically untrue’

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley: “I do not have executive powers.” Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

PSNI chief constable feels ‘orphaned’ by having nobody in government to liaise with

Prime minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Rees-Mogg pressures PM, while watchdog finds official Leave campaign broke law

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond:  “I will argue for a future relationship with the European Union that protects our important supply chains, protects British jobs and protects British business.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

Conservative Party tensions erupt ahead of effort to find common approach to EU talks

Cheshire police said a healthcare worker is under arrest on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of another six after an investigation of the neo-natal unit at the hospital in the UK. File photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Police investigating the deaths of 17 newborns at the hospital 2015 and 2016

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds and leader Arlene Foster after their  90-minute meeting with Theresa May at 10 Downing Street. Photograph: Getty Images

May says ‘some real differences’ remain between UK and European Commission around Border

British prime minister Theresa May said a White Paper to be published next week would set out “detailed proposals for a sustainable and close future relationship” between Britain and the EU. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Clarity on future trading relationship required, British prime minister warns

The intensity of the hostile reaction to Rees-Mogg from mainstream Conservatives on Monday was striking. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

PM will appeal to soft Brexiteers as she seeks to negotiate compromise with cabinet

Secretary of State for Business Greg Clark. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Greg Clark says more time may be needed, as hard Brexiteers heap pressure on May

Retired police officer David Duckenfield will face trial for the manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 football supporters at Hillsborough after a judge at Preston Crown Court ruled to lift a stay on his prosecution. File photograph: Phil Noble/PA Wire

David Duckenfield to face trial for manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 fans

The Cross of St George flies over Downing Street in central London on Thursday. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

London Letter: Schadenfreude aplenty as World Cup puts a grin on a nation’s face

It was “beyond doubt” that British intelligence agencies knew that the US was torturing detainees at an early stage in the so-called “war on terror”, the intelligence and security committee said. Photograph: Reuters

Parliamentary report finds UK intelligence was involved with ‘plainly unlawful’ activities

Drew Harris at Government Buildings on Tuesday. PSNI chief constable George Hamilton told MPs that Mr Harris’s appointment will strengthen relationships and strategic co-operation between North and South. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Officers express hope he can push for more resources to counter the effects of cutbacks

Tony Blair: “The negotiation with Europe has been conducted by civil servants in a state of despair overseen by politicians in a state of denial.” Photograph: Keld Navntoft/AFP/Getty Images

Ministers’ divisions over Brexit deepen as Corbyn accuses PM of putting jobs at risk

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn during prime minister’s questions. Photograph: PA Wire

May has invited full cabinet, where most favour a softer Brexit, to Chequers away day

Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson arriving  for a cabinet meeting at Downing Street. Photograph:   EPA/Will Oliver

UK and EU negotiators are urged to put economic interests and jobs first

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