British prime minister Boris Johnson hopes to put the new deal before the House of Commons at a special sitting on Saturday. Photograph: Getty

Questions raised over whether Boris Johnson will sign up to new deal amid consent worries

British prime minister Boris Johnson: ‘We’re on the Hillary Step going strong for the summit, but it is shrouded in cloud.’ Photograph: Getty

‘Big move’ on political consent for customs and regulation fails to sway Foster and Dodds

British prime minister Boris Johnson in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA/Bloomberg

Senior sources say the prospects of an accord are ‘looking more promising’

Boris Johnson spent 80 minutes in ‘constructive’ talks with chairman of the European Research Group Steve Baker. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty

Confidence mounts that EU and UK close to announcing sought-after departure deal

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons: set out his government’s priorities at a ceremony  of pomp and pageantry attended by the queen. Photograph: HO/AFP via Getty

British PM sticks to line on EU exit as queen gives speech in context of unconcluded talks

In Westminster on Monday, British prime minister Boris Johnson repeated his promise to “get Brexit done” so his government could move on to other priorities.

Turning British proposal into workable plan and legal text could take weeks, EU side says

Brexit talks: British prime minister Boris Johnson in conversation with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: PA

No EU-UK agreement on new withdrawal pact without Republic’s assent, says Dublin

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and UK prime minister Boris Johnson at Thornton Manor Hotel, Cheshire, on Thursday. Photograph: Government Press Office/PA

EU could accept a scaled-down version of customs partnership proposed by May

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Boris Johnson shake hands  outside Thornton Manor Hotel near Birkenhead on Thursday. Photograph: Noel Mullen/Government Press Office via Getty Images

Taoiseach holds ‘very positive and very promising’ meeting with Boris Johnson

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘I don’t play dirty, and I don’t think most EU leaders do either.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Language ‘from some quarters’ toxic, says Taoiseach, as Downing Street spins

 British prime minister Boris Johnson arrives for a meeting with David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament, at No 10 Downing Street in London. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Brexit latest: Meeting this week might indicate it is too early to quit on current talks

 Sir Keir Starmer: “Talks with the EU are collapsing as we speak. The proposals the government put forward last week were never going to work.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Labour’s Brexit spokesman says government is offering a ‘reassuring bedtime story’ about impact of a no-deal Brexit on UK economy

British prime minister Boris Johnson: ‘What we are saying to our friends is, this is a very generous, fair and reasonable offer that we have made.’ Photograph: PA Wire

Despite meetings between British and EU negotiating teams, breakthrough proves elusive

British prime minister Boris Johnson during a  visit to Watford General hospital in north  London. Photograph: Peter Summers/AFP via Getty Images

Johnson has called off a planned tour of EU capitals to drum up support for his proposal

Anti-Brexit protesters outside the Houses of Parliament: Boris Johnson’s plan envisages an all-Ireland regulatory zone for all goods. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

Stormont veto and customs pose obstacles as EU expects extension and general election

Jolyon Maugham QC: “Our concern has always been that this is not a prime minister who can be trusted.” Photograph:  Andrew Milligan/PA

EU halts technical discussions on Brexit details with David Frost over weekend

Charles Moore: Herself Alone (Allen Lane £35), the third volume of Moore’s authorised biography of Thatcher, is published this week. Photograph:  David Levenson/Getty Images

Biographer’s third volume on former prime minister says she viewed Ireland with some suspicion

British prime minister Boris Johnson told parliament ‘we have already moved quite some way’. Photograph: EPA

Johnson tells parliament Brexit offer to EU a ‘broad landing zone’ for eventual agreement

British prime minister Boris Johnson  in the House of Commons where he presented his proposal for a Brexit deal

London Letter: the new Brexit plan is vague, and there are some questions that nobody at Westminster or in Whitehall can answer

 Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson attends the final day of the annual Conservative Party conference. Photograph: Oli Scarff / AFP

Government and EU to engage with UK on backstop proposals

In his closing speech to the Conservative party conference in Manchester, Boris Johnson described his proposal as a compromise for both sides that respects the Belfast Agreement.

Government and EU to engage with UK on backstop proposals

An ebullient Boris Johnson after delivering his closing speech at the Conservative party conference in the Manchester Convention Centre. Photograph: EPA

British PM says proposal a compromise for both sides that respects Belfast Agreement

Boris Johnson delivers his keynote speech to the  Conservative party conference in Manchester on Wednesday. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

British prime minister reserves harshest words for parliament ‘on the blink’

Boris Johnson will tell the Conservative party conference in his closing speech that ‘we will keep fighting to respect the biggest democratic vote in British history’. Photograph: Getty

British PM to tell EU that reworked withdrawal agreement Britain’s final offer

British prime minister Boris Johnson is expected to outline Britain’s proposal for an alternative to the backstop in his closing speech at the Conservative party conference on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty

Britain not proposing inspections five miles from Border but checks required, says PM

Boris Johnson confirmed on Tuesday that Britain envisages two separate customs regimes on the island of Ireland and that this will require checks and controls somewhere. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA.

EU will see no purpose in entering week of negotiations without prospect of success

The Armagh border between Newry in Northern Ireland and Dundalk in the Republic. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Deal hopes fade as British proposls dismissed completely by the Republic and the EU

Prime minister Boris Johnson gives a thumb up after Sajid Javid’s speech at the Conservative Party conference. Photograph: Frank Augstein/AP Photo

Parties alert to danger of playing into Boris Johnson’s hands and increasing no-deal risk

Not laughing: Arlene Foster. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

If UK prime minister cannot move on customs, there can be no Brexit deal

British prime minster Boris Johnson at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester on Monday. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

British government expected to present detailed proposal to the EU within days

Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, DUP leader Arlene  Foster said her party would be open to discussing a time-limited backstop. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Arlene Foster tells Tories Northern Ireland could not be part of two customs territories

A supporter of UK prime minister Boris Johnson in Manchester on the first day of the annual Conservative Party conference. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty

Kate Hoey tells Tory conference she approves of description of Benn Act as ‘surrender Bill’

Ian McEwan: ‘I think we should go the Irish route and let everyone think again.’ Photograph: David Levenson/Getty

The English author’s new book imagines a cockroach as the prime minister of the UK

British prime minister Boris Johnson: “We need, I need, to reach out across the House of Commons to get people.” Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

London Letter: Johnson says outrage over Commons episode could add to difficulty

British prime minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, England, on Thursday. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Bercow warns MPs of ‘toxic’ culture as government loses vote for three-day recess

British prime minister Boris Johnson said in the House of Commons on Wednesday he had discussed  alternative arrangements for the post-Brexit border with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in New York on Monday. Photograph: PA Wire

Supplementary budget may be needed if Brexit delivers sharp shock, think tank says

Boris Johnson in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening. He devoted most of his speech to goading the opposition about their failure to vote for an election. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/PA Wire

Unrepentant PM outrages MPs with a display he was really aiming at angry voters

UK prime minister Boris Johnson: ‘Instead of facing the voters, the opposition turned tail and fled from an election. Instead of deciding to let the voters decide, they ran to the courts instead.’ Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP/Getty

UK PM refuses to apologise for unlawfully advising queen to prorogue parliament

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with British prime minister Boris Johnson at the UN General Assembly in New York: have gone into more detail about Brexit. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

British MP defends prorogation and returns from New York to ‘take things forward’

 Businesswoman Gina Miller, who brought a legal challenge over the suspension of parliament, outside the supreme court on Tuesday after a ruling that prime minister Boris Johnson’s prorogation of parliament was unlawful. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Getty Images

Corbyn says UK at ‘extraordinary and precarious moment’ as MPs set to return

A man wearing a giant Boris Johnson mask, dressed as a prisoner, outside the supreme court in London, where judges ruled that the prime minister suspension of parliament for five weeks was unlawful. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

Supreme court’s decision means that every part of UK prime minister’s strategy has failed

Speakers stressed the importance of remaining united behind party leader Jeremy Corbyn by postponing a decision on the party’s Brexit policy until after a general election. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Delegates back leader at conference but chaotic scenes do nothing for party image

Delegates voting on Labour’s Brexit policy during the party conference in Brighton on Monday. Photograph:   Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Party delegates back leader Jeremy Corbyn’s position amid tensions over Brexit

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn at the party’s annual conference in Brighton, on Sunday.   Photograph: Daniel  Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Labour leader wants to delay decision on Remain until after general election held

Brexit aftermath: David Cameron leaves Downing Street with his wife, Samantha, on July 13th, 2016, his final day as UK prime minister. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

Who is David Cameron, and what does his book say about Brexit, Boris and Enda Kenny?

British prime minister Boris Johnson: Has been told that the European Union’s red lines remain firm. File photograph: Yui Mok/PA

London Letter: EU signals no role in talks for Stormont, that London must make decision

Satircal artist Kaya Mar protests outside at the British supreme court following a hearing on the prorogation of parliament, in London. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Prime minister claims he could take action on different grounds if court rules against him

Former  British PM David Cameron (left) and German chancellor Angela Merkel (right)  were working together to block Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz by approaching Enda Kenny (centre). Photographs: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty,  Eric Luke/The Irish Times, Hayoung Jeon/EPA

Former British PM does not reveal how former taoiseach responded to overtures

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: “We await written proposals from the UK side. We simply haven’t seen any written proposals to date.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘We haven’t seen anything that works,’ says source, amid claims UK ideas insufficient

Businesswoman Gina Miller leaves the UK supreme court following a hearing on the legality of proroguing parliament in London. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Prime minister’s statement claims judges cannot enforce political conventions

Jo Swinson during the Liberal Democrats autumn conference in Bournemouth. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Lib Dems leader will rule out supporting either Johnson or Corbyn as prime minister

Chuka Umunna embraces Paddy Ashdown’s widow, Jane Courtenay, after speaking during the Liberal Democrats autumn conference. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Defector from Labour says Lib Dems could win at least 40 seats in election

Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson speaks at a question-and-answer session at the Party annual Conference in Bournemouth Ion Sunday. Photograph: Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images

Party’s annual conference backs motion calling for article 50 to be revoked

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow: “What conceivable moral force do the public’s elected representatives have . . . to disregard a law enacted by parliament?” Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

Stressing no-deal’s undesirability, Barnier says EU cannot ‘avoid this scenario alone’

UK prime minister Boris Johnson takes part in an activity with schoolchildren in London. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

London Letter: Big parties face significant threats to their seats when they go to polls

The report said the agri-food sector will be hardest hit, due to its cross-border supply chains. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

No-deal exit likely to drive firms out of business, according to UK document

Anti-Brexit protesters outside the  Edinburgh courts. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

Analysis: Prorogation ruling deepens disharmony in Conservative party

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson during a visit to a London primary school. Photograph: Toby Melville/AFP/Getty Images

PM’s actions had purpose of ‘stymying parliament’, says Scottish court

  Boris Johnson visiting a school in southwest London: The prime minister focused on domestic issues during Tuesday’s cabinet meeting.  Photograph: Toby Melville/PA Wire

The most straightforward route out of the prime minister’s dilemma is to negotiate a withdrawal deal and win parliamentary support(...)

Arlene Foster, DUP leader and Nigel Dodds (DUP) leave Downing Street following talks with Boris Johnson on Tuesday. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty

Meeting in London amid speculation Johnson considering all-Ireland plan for Border

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament’s Parliamentary Recording Unit  shows Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson speaking following the announcement of the result of a vote on his motion for an early parliamentary general election, a motion that did not carry, in the House of Commons in London on Tuesday morning.  Photograph: PRU/AFP/Getty

PM pledges in Dublin to strive for deal as British parliament wary of legal compliance

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow: “We would not want anyone to be whipped senseless, would we?”  Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA

Standing down on October 31st empowers sitting parliament to decide who replaces him

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Boris Johnson at Government Buildings: is the prime minister serious about a deal before October 31st? Photograph:

PM can only get Brexit on time with regulatory alignment deal across island of Ireland

The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, inspects the newly installed infrastructure checkpoints at Dublin Port in anticipation of no-deal Brexit.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Taoiseach says he is willing to see if there is common ground with UK prime minister

Dominic Cummings, the British prime minister’s chief adviser,  portrayed as the puppet master of Boris Johnson. Photograph: Andrew Testa/New York Times

Behind bluster, British PM must strike deal to avoid seeking three-month Brexit delay

 Amber Rudd, who has resigned as work and pensions secretary in protest at the government’s approach to Brexit,  appearing on the BBC current affairs programme The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

‘Little evidence’ government seeking a deal, says Amber Rudd following her resignation

Brexit battle: even Donald Trump would have struggled to match Boris Johnson’s strangled inarticulacy in Wakefield. Photograph: Danny Lawson/Pool/AFP/Getty

The British PM is perilously close to having to delay Brexit, break the law or resign

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. File potograph: Alan Betson

Tánaiste has yet to see evidence of viable alternative to Northern Ireland backstop

UK prime minister Boris Johnson: obliged to seek a three-month delay to Brexit if he fails to secure a withdrawal agreement by October 19th. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Opposition likely to wait until suspension of parliament ends to make their move

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. File potograph: Alan Betson

Tánaiste argues ‘geopolitical earthquake of Brexit’ is biggest threat to stability of North

UK prime minister Boris Johnson making a speech in West Yorkshire. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

UK prime minister says cross-Border arrangement could extend beyond agri-food

British prime minister Boris Johnson had not prepared a speech and seemed to grasp at words and concepts almost at random when he spoke against a backdrop of police recruits in Wakefield. Photograph: Getty

Resignation of prime minister’s brother adds to dreadful week for beleaguered Tory chief

Anti-Brexit protesters outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

PM criticised over expulsion of 21 rebels on Tuesday, while latest rebel Spelman is spared

UK prime minister Boris Johnson: ‘The obvious conclusion is I’m afraid is that [Jeremy Corbyn] does not think he can win.’ Photograph:  Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/EPA

Opposition MPs abstain from Commons vote and deny him the needed two-thirds majority

Prime minister’s questions offered a reminder of Boris Johnson’s less attractive features.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

His first prime minister’s questions showed how he plans to frame the electorate’s choice

A video grab shows former Conservative MP Phillip Lee sitting next to Liberal Democrats  leader Jo Swinson in the House of Commons in London after moving across the House. Photograph: PRU/AFP/Getty Images

Phillip Lee defects to Liberal Democrats as cross-party alliance moves to block no-deal Brexit

Boris Johnson in the House of Commons on Tuesday night. Earlier he babbled elegant hyperbole and took low swipes at Jeremy Corbyn.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Bruising day in Commons for PM but hint at backstop solution in agri-food comments

While Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson have spoken on the phone, this will be their first meeting as heads of government.

Johnson suggests agri-food could continue to be regulated on an all-Ireland basis after Brexit

UK prime minister Boris Johnson is driven away from the Houses of Parliament after being defeated on a motion to block a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Twenty-one Conservatives join opposition MPs to take control of parliament agenda

Stephen Barclay’s comments came as it was reported that his department’s working groups on alternative arrangements for the Border had concluded there were problems with all scenarios put forward to replace the backstop. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Stephen Barclay repeats PM’s demand that backstop must be removed from withdrawal deal

British prime minister Boris Johnson: ‘If there is one thing that can hold us back in these talks it is the sense in Brussels that MPs may find some way to cancel the referendum.’ Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Government sources say UK prime minister will go to the people if MPs vote to block no-deal departure

If Boris Johnson loses a general election then  an alternative government will delay Brexit and almost certainly hold a second referendum that could abandon it altogether.

Prime minister’s claim that he is making progress in talks with the EU is entirely false

UK prime minister Boris Johnson: Welsh setback creates a headache for him in terms of parliamentary arithmetic and his prospects of winning a snap general election in the autumn. Photograph: Simon Dawson

‘Boris bounce’ insufficient to block Lib Dems as Brexit Party targets PM’s ‘backsliding’

Jane Dodds, the Liberal Democrats candidate who won the byelection in Brecon and Radnorshire. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Success for Jane Dodds in Brecon and Radnorshire shrinks Tory majority to one

UK international trade secretary Liz Truss: believes duty-free ports will be the “gateway to our future prosperity”.    Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

Plan to cut paperwork only good for ‘money-launderers and tax dodgers’

 British prime minister Boris Johnson: brutal cabinet purge and appointments signal his determination to get a grip on the machinery of government. Photograph: Simon Dawson

London Letter: PM’s force and Brexit focus prompts sturdy Brussels unity as reaction

Representative Richard Neal (L) said Congress, and not the US president, writes trade agreements. Photograph: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Richard Neal says a US-UK trade deal will not happen if 1998 accord is jeopardised

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson have spoken for the first time since the latter became UK prime minister almost a week ago.  Photographs: The Irish Times and PA.

Pair discuss Brexit and Northern Ireland during 15-minute phone call

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomes prime minister Boris Johnson outside Bute House in Edinburgh on Monday. Photograph:  Jane Barlow/PA Wire

New PM contradicts Michael Gove’s assertion that UK believes no-deal is most likely

Michael Gove: the one-time supporter of the withdrawal agreement is taking an increasingly hard line. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty

Reports suggest figure of as much as £1bn, as Gove says no-deal planning now priority

Boris Johnson has expended no energy on establishing relationships with his European counterparts. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

PM’s pledges pose fresh challenge to Corbyn, already struggling with Brexit position

Leo Varadkar at the MacGill summer school where he predicted a no-deal Brexit would prompt more liberal unionists and nationalists in the North to consider joining a united Ireland. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

DUP describes as ‘unhelpful’ and ‘aggressive’ Taoiseach’s comments on stability of union

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: ‘The British people voted in 2015, in 2016, in 2017. What they want us to do is deliver on their mandate.’ Photograph: Geoff Pugh/Pool/AFP)Geoff Pugh/Getty

PM’s campaigning style during early days in office fuelled speculation of snap election

US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi: “We made it clear . . . there should be no return to a hard border on the island.” Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images

US congress ‘will not endorse trade deal’ with Britain if peace agreement is weakened

Boris Johnson holds his first cabinet meeting at Downing Street. Photograph: Aaron Chown/Pool via Reuters

EU’s chief Brexit negotiator suggests Johnson is seeking to sow divisions among EU 27

British prime minister Boris Johnson speaking in the House of Commons on Thursday. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP/Getty Images

London Letter: Britain’s new PM delights Tory MPs with cynical performance in the Commons

Dominic Cummings has been scathing about the conduct of Brexit negotiations, including the backstop. Photograph: Ho/AFP/Getty

Vote Leave mastermind Dominic Cummings expected to plan for no-deal as PM’s adviser

Boris Johnson:  ‘I say to our friends in Ireland, and in Brussels and around the EU, I am convinced that we can do a deal without checks at the Irish Border, because we refuse under any circumstances to have such checks.’ Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

New PM repeats demand for NI backstop to be deleted from EU withdrawal agreement

Britain’s new prime minister Boris Johnson being clapped into 10 Downing Street by staff in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images

Less than two hours after PM walked into Downing Street, 17 ministers had quit or been sacked

Boris Johnson, leader of  Britain’s Conservative Party, leaves a private reception in central London. Photograph: Reuters/Toby Melville

A number of ministers are planning to resign when new Conservative leader becomes PM

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