People watch as the royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle unfolds during a watch party. Photograph: AP Photo/Chris Carlson

‘Poor girl. If I was Harry I’d drive her straight to Heathrow and take her away from the whole lot of them’

London barriers decorated with a royal family version of the Top Trumps card game. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on Saturday in Windsor Castle. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Prince Charles, heir to the throne, will need to make big changes when Queen Elizabeth dies

British prime minister Theresa May: Labour’s shadow Northern Ireland secretary Tony Lloyd said the proposal was no more than a temporary measure which was an inadequate response to the issue of the Border. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Getty Images

Iain Duncan Smith insists arrangement must not last more than a month or two

A royal fan camps along The Long Walk in Windsor a day ahead of the royal wedding ceremony of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Crowds gather at Windsor ahead of US actor’s marriage to Prince Harry on Saturday

A file image of Isabelita dos Patins, a famous drag queen, attends  the Old Rio Fair, in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Photohgraph: Getty Images

London Letter: Tory supporter of Brexit lapses into weary rehearsal of its benefits

Former diplomat Ray Bassett has told a meeting at Westminster that the Government and the EU should drop their demand for a backstop agreement on the Border ahead of next month’s European Union summit in Brussels. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ray Bassett tells MPs Irish Government is bluffing and backstop is unworkable

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May fields questions of the Brexit variety in the House of Commons during question time. Photograph: Parliamentary Recording Unit/Getty Images

Analysis: Internal debate over customs bears little relation to existing negotiations with EU

 Theresa May speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons on May 16th. Photograph: Getty

PM warns Conservative rebels they risk damaging integrity of British politics

Northern Secretary  Karen Bradley arrives in Downing Street, in London, on Tuesday. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Technological solutions known as ‘max fac’ would be less suitable for Northern Ireland

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon: government at Holyrood has rejected what it characterises as a unilateral power grab.  Photograph:  Andrew Milligan/PA

Scottish government claims clause 11 undermines devolution settlement

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and British prime minister Theresa May shake hands during a news conference after their meeting at 10 Downing Street on Tuesday. Photograph:  Matt Dunham/Pool via REUTERS

British prime minister declines to blame Israel, while Turkey issues forceful denunciation

During a meeting with Conservative backbenchers on Monday, Theresa May is reported to have slapped down Jacob Rees-Mogg. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Denis Staunton: There is no obscuring Theresa May’s tangle as she seeks to unite Tories

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May  flanked by supporters  outside Wandsworth Town hall in London after the Conservative party retained control of the council in local elections. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images

UK local elections: Conservatives’ relief genuine as party escapes a bloodbath in London

Supporters of the British Conservative Party react during the count at Wandsworth Town Hall after local government elections in London, Britain. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Local elections: Ukip almost wiped out, losing all but three of 126 seats; Lib Dems gain 75

Labour Party supporters listen to a speech by Labour MP Emily Thornberry, shadow foreign secretary, in Notting Hill Gate in the build-up to the local council elections in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in west London. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty

London Letter: ‘Policies that aim to transform society can win’

Brexit secretary: David Davis arrives for a meeting at 10 Downing Street. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Most UK ministers have already rejected ‘customs partnership’ as unworkable

Former first minister of Northern Ireland David Trimble:   said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney had damaged relations between Dublin and London. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

Peers inflict 10th Brexit defeat on Theresa May’s government by voting for amendment

David Trimble was one of a number of speakers in the House of Lords who complained that Dublin and Brussels were engaging with only one community in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Peter Morrison/AP Photo

Lords debate exposes friction between Dublin and London over Brexit

Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg denied that Brexiteers had given Theresa May an ultimatum on customs arrangements with EU. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

New home secretary Sajid Javid reported to be among opponents of ‘customs partnership’ post-Brexit

Brexit secretary David Davis  giving evidence to the House of Lords EU committee  on  UK withdrawal from the EU. Photograph:  PA Wire

Trade secretary Fox says staying in customs union after Brexit worse than remaining in EU

 Peers voted by 335 votes to 244 in favour of an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill despite government warnings that the vote would put Britain at a disadvantage in negotiations with the EU. File photograph: PA Wire

Peers vote to ensure parliament can reject Brexit agreement without triggering ‘no-deal’ scenario

Sajid Javid stands outside the Home Office after being named home secretary. Photograph: REUTERS/Toby Melville

Lifelong eurosceptic Sajid Javid has aligned himself with cabinet Brexiteers in recent months

Sajid Javid outside the Home Office in Westminster, London, after he was appointed as the new Home Secretary. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Sajid Javid promoted after resignation of Amber Rudd amid immigration targets controversy

The ‘Normandie’ docking in New York. Photograph: Courtesy V&A

Ocean liners were showcases of style, produced by some of the great artists of the age

Labour Brexiteer Kate Hoey: “I feel a little alone today,” she said to a nearly deserted House, as MPs stayed away from a debate on the customs union. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

London Letter: Local election wins for Labour may force Brexiteers into compromise

Britain’s home secretary Amber Rudd  in the House of Commons  in London on Thursday. Photograph: Getty Images

Conservative rebels join opposition MPs to call for change in government’s policy

Conservative support for remaining in a customs union with the EU after Brexit indicates the strength of a growing rebellion on prime minister Theresa May’s backbenches. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Call for ‘reality check’ on regulation of trade with EU from former attorney general

Jeremy Corbyn: Jewish leaders said the proposals he advanced during their meeting fell short of the minimum level of action the problem required. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/ Getty Images

Jeremy Corbyn apologises for anti-Semitism within Labour Party

North-East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg: “There is a problem with the House of Lords, which is it is very condescending towards the democratic vote. It seems to think that they know better than 17.4 million people.” Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

MP calls for Theresa May to be ‘much firmer and clearer’ about bad consequences for EU

British prime minister Theresa May’s approach does not command a majority in parliament. Photograph: Victoria Jones/Pool

Concerns about impact of leaving customs union on manufacturers and Border rise

British secretary of state for exiting the European Union David Davis: made a brief visit to the Border in Co Armagh on Monday, his first visit since taking up his post. Photograph: Andy Rain/Reuters

House of Lords votes to retain European Charter of Fundamental Rights post-Brexit

A newspaper report has claimed British prime minister Theresa May has been told her plans for avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland will not work. Photograph: AFP

EU rejects both of Britain’s proposals that aim to keep trade frictionless after Brexit

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn  visit the Churchill Gardens Estate in Westminster on Thursday. “We need to restore the principle that a decent home is a right owed to all, not a privilege for the few,” said Corbyn.  Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

London Letter: Labour leader sets out ambition to build a million social homes by 2028

Theresa May: The prime minister has ruled out remaining in a customs union with the EU after Brexit. Photograph:  Jack Taylor/ Getty Images

Motion will increase pressure on government to avoid a hard border in Ireland

Peers prepare to pass the result of a vote to the Lord Speaker in the House of Lords, London, as the British government suffered its first defeat in the Lords over the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. Photograph:  PA Wire

Peers vote by wide margin to demand ministers explore option of staying in a customs union

Irish waters: Britain will still need to negotiate fishing rights with the European Union after Brexit. Photograph: Marcel Mochet/AFP/Getty

But industry concerned about labour supply and frictionless trade, MPs hear

Factory owners and fishermen are worried about recruiting workers after Brexit Photograph: Annie Sakkab/Bloomberg

Sector has fears over labour supply and frictionless borders, Westminister committee hears

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during the second debate on the Syrian air strikes in the House of Commons. “It is for this House to take matters into its own hands.” Photograph: PA Wire

May insists that seeking parliament approval would have compromised military operation

 Jamaican prime minister  Andrew Holness (centre) speaks to the media in Downing Street surrounded by other representatives of Commonwealth countries following a meeting with British prime minister Theresa May. Photograph:  Getty Images

Members of ‘Windrush generation’ threatened with deportation

An RAF Tornado takes off from a base in Akrotiri, Cyprus, to participate in joint operational strikes  by the US, France and Britain in Syria. Photograph: Mod via AP

British PM defends decision to launch action against Assad without parliamentary approval

Prime minister Theresa May listens to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking after she made a statement to MPs in the House of Commons over her decision to launch air strikes against Syria. Photograph: PA Wire

Little support among MPs for Corbyn’s criticism but public may take different view

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May making a statement in the House of Commons defending British participation in air strikes on Syria. Photograph: AFP/PRU/Getty Images

Prime minister insists call made in ‘national interest’ rather than due to pressure from US

British prime minister Theresa May gives a press conference at Downing Street in central London on April 14, 2018 following British military action against Syria.  Photograph:  Simon Dawson/AFP/Getty Images

PM faces questions on whether action was legal and if it needed parliamentary approval

People’s Vote: the MPs Caroline Lucas, Layla Moran, Chuka Umunna and Anna Soubry want a referendum on the final Brexit deal. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

Cross-party group launches People’s Vote campaign for second referendum

British prime minister Theresa May: will tell MPs she took the air strike action to alleviate further humanitarian suffering in Syria caused by chemical weapons attacks and that it was in Britain’s national interest to do so.   Photograph:  Steve Parsons/PA

Theresa May to seek Commons debate amid calls she lacked authority for attack

Theresa May will emphasise the broad support the military action received from other western governments. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

PM to argue Syria military action was both legal and justified on humanitarian grounds

The strikes on Syria  were designed to degrade the Syrian regime’s ability to research, develop and deploy chemical weapons. Photograph: SANA/AP

Pentagon appears to have persuaded White House of need for narrowly targeted attack

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows anti-aircraft fire in the sky after US-led airstrikes targeting different parts of the Syrian capital Damascus. Photograph: SANA/AP

US ambassador to UN says US ‘locked and loaded’ if Syrians further use chemical weapons

A  forensic officer at work at the scene of the shooting in Tottenham, north London, which claimed the life of Tanesha Melbourne (17). Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

The homicide toll this year has reached 50, as gun and knife attacks spiral out of control

Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN greets her Russian counterpart Vasily Nebenzya. The US, Britain and France have blamed the chemical weapons attack on Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Photograph: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

UN inspectors arrive in Syria to investigate last week’s chemical weapons assault

David Davis, Britain’s  secretary of state for exiting the European Union: mentioned Leo Varadkar’s “tough” negotiating style on Brexit. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

London Letter: Government sheds its own shibboleth about keeping the same benefits

Theresa May: although Britain is expected to take part in any military strike alongside allies the US and France, Downing Street has offered no details of any discussion at cabinet of military options. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Jeremy Corbyn demands that any military action must be approved by parliament

Dr Rhona Mahony said about 1,000 women accessed abortion tablets over the internet each year and take them in an ‘unsupervised way, totally unsupported’

Rhona Mahony tells London event clinicians need current legal regime to change

Yulia Skripal has been released from hospital and her father,  former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, is reportedly recovering rapidly. Photograph:  Facebook

Yulia Skripal has been taken to a ‘secure location’ following the poison attack

Former US president Bill Clinton called on Northern politicians to follow the example of their predecessors and make compromises to allow the power-sharing institutions to be restored. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Belfast Agreement 20 years on: Bill Clinton warns ‘paralysis’ cannot go on indefinitely without endangering agreement

Tony Blair: “At the end of the day the people of Northern Ireland have to stand up for this agreement at a certain point.” Photograph: Getty Images

Former British prime minister praises Dublin’s approach to Brexit negotiations

Shadow trade secretary Barry Gardiner described the agreement as a shibboleth. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

UK’s shadow international trade secretary rejects claim that hardening the Border could bring a return to violence

Election footing: Jeremy Corbyn launches the British Labour Party’s campaign on Monday. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty

British Labour leader eyes local elections in criticisms of Conservative spending cuts

A butcher’s shop in  Boston,  Lincolnshire, where 75 per cent of voters backed the UK decision to leave the European Union in  the 2016 referendum. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

The town that had the highest pro-Brexit vote in 2016 is still resolutely anti-EU

'I was about to light a votive candle for Eric Douglas when my eye was caught by a movement in the shadows.'

London Letter: Four revellers were asked to leave Mass when attendance was not so low

 Britain’s prime minister Theresa May in the House of Commons. Photograph:  AFP Photo

Prime minister visits all four parts of the UK in one day in bid to strengthen unity

Labour MP Conor McGinn in the debating chamber of the House of Commons introducing his introduce his Marriage (Same Sex Couples) (Northern Ireland) Bill. Photograph: PA/PA Wire

MPs vote to give second reading to a bill that would give same-sex couples right to marry

Brexit secretary David Davis.  Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA

‘It gave us a great opportunity to press the Irish case,’ says delegate from Seanad Brexit group

Marriage Bill proceeds to first legislative stage in House of Commons

 Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused  of siding with anti-Semites against Jews and for failing to take action against anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. Photograph: EPA/Neil Hall

Labour leader says criticism of Israel’s occupation of Palestine could not be avoided

Britain’s shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer: “Legal certainty is now needed.” Photograph: Darren Staples

UK says EU proposals on Brexit unacceptable for not reflecting December accord on Brexit

 Owen Smith, the former shadow Northern Ireland secretary, who was sacked for  calling for a second Brexit  referendum. Photograph: PA

Former Shadow Northern spokesperson sacked for seeking a referendum on final deal

Brexit secretary David Davis (right) tells the BBC’s Andrew Marr that when it comes to the Border there will be “no cameras, no booths, no wire, no nothing”. Photograph: PA

David Davis confident Britain and EU can seal deal and ‘basically, we will do as we do now’

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

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