Eaton Square in Belgravia, London, where  aluminium magnate Oleg Deripaska has a residence: he appeared on a list of Russian oligarchs published by the US Treasury last January in connection with new sanctions legislation. Photograph:Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty

Poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Spkripal has renewed scrutiny of Russian money in London

Deserving of a standing ovation? The cast of Hamilton – Michael Jibson, Terera Giles, Rachel John, Jason Pennycooke and Cleve September – attend the Olivier Awards nominations celebration in London earlier this month. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

London Letter: ‘It’s disgusting and it has to be stamped out. Standing ovations are un-English’

An old British passport and a burgundy UK passport in the EU format. The planned new post-Brexit blue passport is seen by  Brexiteers see as a symbol of the UK’s regained independence. Photograph:  PA Wire

Move condemned by leading Brexiteers as a national humiliation

 Ruth Dudley Edwards,  Lord Trimble and Lord Bew Victor Barker at Sean O’Callaghan’s memorial service in London.

IRA killer turned informer who died last year was full of contradictions

Boris Johnson: “I think the comparison with 1936 is certainly right.” Photograph: Scott Heppell/AFP/Getty Images

Foreign secretary agrees that Russian president will revel in publicity of event

Facebook said on March 20th it is ‘outraged’ by misuse of data by Cambridge Analytica. Photograph: Getty Images

Facebook chief acknowledges ‘breach of trust’ between social media giant and users

Alexander Nix, chief executive  of Cambridge Analytica, leaving  the company’s offices in London on Tuesday. He has been suspended. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Social media giant has lost over $60bn in market value over past two days

Alexander Nix, who was suspended on Tuesday night as chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, boasted about offering bribes to smear clients’ political opponents and using “beautiful Ukrainian women” to entrap them. Photograph:  PA

Facebook ordered to halt audit of data consulting firm

 Russian diplomats and family members leaving the   Russian embassy in central London on Tuesday, March 20th.  British Prime Minister Theresa May ordered the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation for the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal  and his daughter Yulia  who  were found suffering from exposure to a rare nerve agent in Salisbury on  March 4th.  Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

As Russian diplomats leave London, Corbyn fails to offer uncritical support for May

Brexiteers had wanted Britain to regain control of its fishing waters the day after it leaves the EU in March 2019. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

EU agrees that Britain’s share of European fishing quotas will not change in 2019

UK Brexit secretary David Davis and EU chief negotiator on Brexit Michel Barnier in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

EU tactical retreat on Border as UK prime minister maintains position on backstop

Brexit: the Commons committee says London has made little progress on the problem of how to maintain an open Irish Border if the UK leaves the customs union and single market. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Chairman Hilary Benn says Irish Border issue ‘deeply concerning’

Nikolay Glushkov, who was a close associate of the late Boris Berezovsky,  was found dead at his home in south London on Monday. File photograph: Pavel Smertin/Kommersant Photo/AP

Nikolay Glushkov (68) was linked to late Boris Berezovsky, once a rival of Russian leader

British PM Theresa May: “We will freeze Russian state assets wherever we have evidence that they may be used to threaten the life or property of UK nationals or residents.” Photograph: PA

Expulsion of Russian diplomats and extension of anti-terror measures unsurprising

Police officers  work at the scene of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Theresa May says Britain will not tolerate ‘hostile state activity’ on its soil from Kremlin

 British ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow  was summoned to the Russian foreign ministry amid escalating tension over the alleged poisoning case. Photograph: EPA/Yuri  Kochetkov

As deadline passes, Theresa May considers punitive action over spy attack scandal

Police officers get dressed in protective suiting at a car recovery depot in Norton Enterprise Park, where Sergei Skripal’s car was originally transported, in Salisbury on Tuesday. Photograph:  Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Coveney says attack on Skripals ‘cowardly’ but his statement does not mention Russia

 A masked police officer near the area where  former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were apparently poisoned in a nerve agent attack. Photograph:  Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Theresa May gives Kremlin 24 hours before undertaking a ‘range of measures’

Commons speaker John Bercow: facing a call to grant an emergency Commons statement following claims of bullying of staff by MPs, in which he was allegedly involved. Photograph: Rick Findler/PA

Move follows BBC reporting of staffer’s claim of shouting and harassment by John Bercow

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May said “either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country” or Vladimir Putin’s government had “lost control of this potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent”. Photograph: AFP/PRU

Prime minister says Kremlin given deadline to disclose information about nerve gas used

A police officer in front of The Mill pub in Salisbury, England. Traces of a nerve agent used in the suspected attempted murder of a Russian ex-spy have been found in the pub. Photograph: Getty Images

Health officials say those who visited pub and restaurant should take precautions

The memorial for Alexander Skripal, son of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, in Salisbury on March 8th, 2018 in Wiltshire, England. Sergei Skripal  and his daughter remain critically ill after being exposed to an “unknown substance”. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Britain’s options are limited, complicated by its status as playground for Russian oligarchs

Britain’s home secretary Amber Rudd visits the scene where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found after having been poisoned by a nerve agent in Salisbury. Photograph: Reuters

Officers begin a major search at Sergei Skripal’s house and also seal off a garage

John Redmond addressing a Home Rule meeting at the Parnell monument on O’Connell Street in Dublin in March 1912.  Photograph courtesy National Library of Ireland

London Letter: Small but diverse group marks Irish politician’s centenary in Westminster

The forensic tent, covering the bench where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found, is repositioned by officials in protective suits in the centre of Salisbury. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Amber Rudd says nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and daughter a ‘reckless’ act

Britain’s finance minister Philip Hammond: Deal on financial services is “very much in our mutual interest”. Photography: Stefan Rousseau/Pool

Philip Hammond says any trade deal with EU must include financial services

 British prime minister Theresa May leaving Downing Street. She has  acknowledged that economic independence would come at a cost in terms of EU market access. Photograph: Will Oliver

Latest draft has ruled out any cherrypicking by UK between sectors in the single market

 British  chancellor Philip Hammond. “If it could be done with Canada or the US…it could be done with the UK – the EU’s closest financial services partner by far.”  Photograph: Getty Images

Chancellor claims bespoke arrangement for UK with EU would serve interests of both

Police near a forensic tent where Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found  unconscious. Photograph: Getty

Boris Johnson warns of ‘robust’ response from Britain if Russia found to be responsible

British prime minister Theresa May’s suggestion  that the Canada-US border could serve as a model for the Border in Ireland after Brexit has been rejected by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.  Photograph: PA Wire.

Prime minister’s suggestion greeted with derision in House of Commons

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe: “It is critical that we have a strong backstop in place to manage many of the difficult developments that could take place during the Brexit process.” Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Minister for Finance meets UK counterpart and cabinet office minister in London

UK prime minister Theresa May: “If we were to accept passporting, we would just be a rule-taker.” Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

Britain’s PM claims roadmap described in speech involves benefits for both UK and EU

British prime minister Theresa May delivers a speech about Brexit at the Mansion House in London on Friday. Photograph: Photographer: Chris J Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Theresa May spells out hard choices around Brexit for first time

Prime minister Theresa May delivers a speech at the Mansion House in London on the UK’s economic partnership with the EU after Brexit on Friday. Photograph:  Leon Neal/PA Wire

PM admits British access to EU markets will diminish and EU court will still hold sway

Pro-EU demonstrators wave a conjoined EU and UK flag at Westminster. Many Remainers tell those who backed Brexit how stupid and ignorant they are. Photograph: Andy Rain

London Letter: Elite’s sneering at majority’s vote is uninspired and stuck in 19th-century

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May greets European Council President Donald Tusk at 10 Downing Street in London on March 1st, 2018. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Tusk defends European Commission’s draft text regarding Northern Ireland

UK prime minister Theresa May: appeared to slam door shut on the idea of staying in a customs union after Brexit.  Photograph:  PA Wire

Vowing to keep December commitments, British PM says EU document unacceptable

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson: left the Commons chamber to Labour cries of “coward” as a debate on his intervention on the border began. Photograph: PA

Karen Bradley says British government stands by commitment made to EU

Tory Eurosceptic MP Jacob Rees-Mogg: said Ireland would be the biggest loser if there was no deal and tariffs were imposed on Irish goods coming into the UK. Photograph: PA   

‘No UK prime minister could ever agree to it’

British prime minister Theresa May told MPs the draft legal text would “threaten the constitutional integrity of the UK by creating a customs and regulatory border down the Irish Sea”. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

‘No UK prime minister could ever agree to it,’ British leader tells House of Commons

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson: his Border comments show “staggering insensitivity”, says Labour’s shadow Northern Ireland secretary Owen Smith. Photograph:  Alex Burstow/Getty

British foreign secretary likened Border to transit between ‘Camden and Westminster’

Britain’s international trade secretary Liam Fox: “We risk losing that level playing field or being shut out entirely.”  Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

‘We would be in a worse position than we are today,’ says UK international trade secretary

Brexit move: the Labour leader has unlocked House of Commons arithmetic. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty

Analysis: The British Labour leader’s customs-union move has won business backing

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, gives a speech on Brexit at the National Transport Design Centre at Coventry University on Monday. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Labour leader says move would help avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland

European Council president Donald Tusk: said British Brexit proposals for “managed divergence” from EU regulations along with preferential access to EU markets show that Boris Johnson’s “cake philosophy” lives on. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

Varadkar says Ireland will pay more but will not sign up to common corporation tax base

Downing Street away day at Chequers: regulatory plan occupies no reality outside the minds of its progenitors. Photograph: Downing Street/PA

New obstacle for Brexiteers in Jeremy Corbyn’s policy shift on customs union

Chuka Umunna and Anna Soubry: “If they are not going to change their position they are going to lose votes in the House of Commons, it’s as straightforward as that,” says Mr Umunna. Photograph: BBC/PA Wire

Group says it can defeat the government, which wants to leave customs union and single market

British prime minister Theresa May and her senior ministers met at Chequers in an attempt to agree a common position on Britain’s future relationship with the EU. Photograph: PA

EU rejects Theresa May’s preferred option before key Chequers meeting

Belfast Agreement: SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said a proposal to end the powersharing requirement was more than the “tinkering” its advocates claimed. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Westminster hears criticism of Stormont’s ‘mandatory’ SF-DUP coalition

Downing Street meeting: Theresa May greets Mark Rutte; the Dutch PM said the UK’s EU partners needed greater clarity about what she wanted. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty

Brexiteers have long feared an open-ended following of European Union rules

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

Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney: “We are not hardening our position, we are simply holding our position.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Theresa May says ‘no UK prime minister could agree’ to Brussels proposals

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

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