Julian Assange gestures from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, on Thursday. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder could spend five years in jail over leak of government secrets

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May and Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel: Brexiteers rail against Mrs May for accepting the extension but they also scent weakness on the EU side. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard

EU granting of delay permits Brexiteers to perceive union blinking out of no-deal fear

Tory Brexiteer Bill Cash speaking on Thursday in the House of Commons, where he suggested prime minister Theresa May should resign. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

British PM pursuing compromise with Labour in bid to clinch Commons majority

British prime minister Theresa May leaves  The Europa Building at the European Parliament in Brussels  on Thursday morning. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Analysis: Potential successors to Theresa May have been on parade for weeks

British prime minister Theresa May holds a press conference after the European Council meeting on Brexit in Brussels. Photograph: by Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

British PM rejects charge that she has reneged on a promise to House of Commons

UK prime minister Theresa May arrives for an EU summit in Brussels. Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP

Friday crash-out likely to be averted but EU is sceptical about prospects of breakthrough

UK prime minister Theresa May hopes parliament will approve her deal within the next few weeks. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/Pool via Reuters

UK prime minister also tells EU leaders talks with Labour have been making progress

Conservative and Labour party discipline is so weak there is no guarantee that the withdrawal bill would pass even if Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn whipped in favour of it. Photograph: PA Wire

Belief that only way to break deadlock is to call general election gaining ground

Attendees hold placards and shout during the People’s Vote Rally in Westminster on April 9th, 2019. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP

Tory-Labour talks unfruitful as Brexit delay now needs EU leaders’ unanimous approval

British prime minister Theresa May with French president Emmanuel Macron ahead of Brexit talks  in Paris. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Donald Tusk says ‘little reason to believe’ PM can get deal ratified by end of June

Michel Barnier, EU chief Brexit negotiator, at Government Buildings speaking to media following meeting. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ministers at Dublin meeting are told EU will ‘stand fully behind Ireland’

Street art work by Combo on a Paris wall depicts French president Emmanuel Macron and Britain’s prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Christian Hartmann

Member state leaders want ‘sincere co-operation’ in event of granting London extension

Theresa May says  there is a risk that Brexit could “slip through our fingers”

Commons leader Andrea Leadsom insists it would be utterly unacceptable for Britain to participate in European elections

EU Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier, who will meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Jean-Francois Monier/AFP/Getty Images

EU negotiator Michel Barnier due in Dublin to discuss no-deal plans with Government

 Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer departs the Cabinet Office following cross party talks in London on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

Negotiators to meet again Friday as Downing Street calls talks ‘detailed and productive’

British prime minister Theresa May speaks during prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons  on Wednesday. Photograph: Mark Duffy/ EPA

Analysis: MPs’ anger focuses on the apparent legitimisation of the Labour leader

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May in the House of Commons. A Downing Street spokesman said the prime minister held constructive talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday. Photograph: Mark Duffy/UK Parliament/AFP

Prime minister and Labour leader agree ‘programme of work’ to find common approach

 MPs voting in the House of Commons in London, Britain, on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Legislation passes by one vote as May and Corbyn begin talks on way forward

British prime minister Theresa May: signalled that she would drop some of her negotiating red lines as she sought a compromise on the political declaration setting out the future relationship between Britain and the EU.  Photograph: Jack Taylor/PA Wire

PM to ask for short delay to Brexit and seek common approach with Labour leader

Theresa May  arrives for a press conference inside Downing Street, London, where she offered to sit down with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to try to agree a plan which allows the UK to leave the EU with a deal. Photograph: Jack Taylor/PA

Prime minister risks tearing Tories apart by seeking to pass deal with Labour votes

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in his office in the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday, with the Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future UK-EU relationship. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Cross-party group puts forward Bill obliging prime minister to seek lengthy Brexit delay

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, who chose four options for debate on Monday. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/AFP/Getty Images

Next steps on Brexit to be discussed after rejection of alternative options on Monday night

House of Commons speaker John Bercow is pictured during a debate on a series of indicative proposals tabled in an attempt to find consensus among MPs on Brexit. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire.

May to hold five-hour cabinet meeting amid speculation she could seek long delay to Brexit

UK prime minister Theresa May and attorney general Geoffrey Cox at the Brexit debate in the House of Commons. Photograph: UK Parliament/Mark Duffy/PA Wire

Commons rejects withdrawal agreement, as DUP hints support for no Brexit to save union

MPs rejected Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement by 344 votes to 286. Photograph:  Mark Duffy/AFP

Theresa May hints at snap general election as MPs vote against agreement for the third time

Pro-Brexit demonstrators gathering for a speech by Brexiteer MEP Nigel Farage in central London on Friday. Photograph:   Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

PM says process ‘reaching the limits’ after withdrawal agreement rejected by 58 votes

A video grab  shows Labour MP Margaret Beckett speaking as MPs put forward their motions for the indicative votes on alternative options for Brexit. Photograph:  HO/PRU/AFP

British PM might not succeed today, but hardliners may be shaken by indicative votes

Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer.  He said  presenting the withdrawal agreement without the political declaration meant MPs would not know what they were voting for. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Government’s decision to decouple the withdrawal agreement from the political declaration allows the vote to go ahead

The Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, on Wednesday. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

British PM makes statement as MPs ballot on alternative options to her Brexit deal

British prime minister Theresa May said she would quit as prime minister soon after her Brexit deal is approved. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

DUP says it will not support withdrawal agreement as Commons rejects alternatives

 British prime minister Theresa May leaving the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday evening. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Despite moves by Brexiteers, the government doesn’t appear to have the numbers

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley at the  Northern Ireland Affairs Committee in Westminster.  Photograph:  PA Wire

Bradley says if direct rule is restored to deal with issues around Brexit, it will be limited to short-term impact of leaving with(...)

 Theresa May: will address Conservative backbenchers on Wednesday afternoon. Photograph:  Paul Ellis/AFP

Mounting speculation PM will set date for resignation to get backbenchers on board

British prime minister Theresa May is still hoping to win a majority for her deal – even if it comes at the price of her premiership. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty

Indicative votes process may offer the best and last prospect of breaking deadlock

The prime minister Theresa May chaired an emergency cabinet meeting on Monday morning to discuss how to proceed with Brexit after EU leaders set a new series of deadlines last week.  Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA

Prime minister cites the absence of devolved institutions in Northern Ireland as one reason she asked the EU to postpone Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May making her statement on Brexit to the House of Commons. Photograph:  PA

Three junior ministers resign before defying whip to back amendment tabled by Tory Oliver Letwin

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May leaving church near High Wycombe, England, on March 24th. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Prime minister meets leading Brexiteers at Chequers in attempt to win support for deal

Monday’s votes follow last week’s decision by EU leaders to extend Britain’s EU membership, which was due to end next Friday, until April 12th. File photograph: Getty Images

Series of parliamentary votes to take place on alternatives to May’s politically indigestible deal

Theresa May’s disastrous televised statement on Wednesday was the last straw for many ministers and backbenchers alike. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

There is a growing view May will have to go if deal is rejected again

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has refused to engage with suggestions that an EU task force could be set up to deal with the Border in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Getty Images

Merkel notes difficulties of protecting the Belfast Agreement in a no-deal situation

British prime minister Theresa May told MPs: ‘If it appears that there is sufficient support and the Speaker permits it, we can bring the deal back next week.’ Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

MPs could vote on a number of other Brexit options after EU sets new deadline of April 12th

British prime minister Theresa May ahead of the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

EU leaders agree extension if MPs approve British prime minister’s Brexit deal next week

EU Brexit negotiators among a team of officials working on the article 50 discussions

Brexiteers will face stark choice between backing May’s deal and risking European elections

UK prime minister Theresa May: ‘All MPs have been willing to say is what they do not want.’ Photograph:  Chris J Ratcliffe/Pool/EPA

PM points finger in TV address after Tusk rules out extension without MPs voting for deal

Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said  May was threatening MPs with leaving the EU without a deal. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Dominic Grieve says in Commons he has never felt so ashamed to be a Conservative

British prime minister Theresa May making a statement inside 10 Downing Street in London on Wednesday night. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/AFP/Getty Images

Theresa May’s televised Brexit statement only underlined the turmoil within her party

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May speaking during the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons in London. Photograph: HO/PRU/AFP Photo

Varadkar says it is time to ‘cut the British government some slack’ and allow extension

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and European chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier during a  council on article 50 negotiations   at the European Commission in Brussels. Photograph:  Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Justification for an extension must be linked to a new event or a new political process, says Barnier

Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson leaves the Cabinet office in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

Both sides want orderly Brexit but May’s job – and Boris’s future one – may depend on it

Commons speaker John Bercow’s warning to UK prime minister Theresa May scuppered plans to stage a third meaningful vote on her Brexit deal. Photograph: Parliamentary Recording Unit Handout/EPA

Prime minister no longer putting deal to third vote, following Bercow's intervention

Ministers continued to negotiate with the DUP over the terms on which it could support Theresa May’s deal. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Speaker of House of Commons said it could not be put to another vote without changes

John Bercow addressing MPs in the House of Commons, on Monday. The speaker didn’t alert the government to his statement in advance and Downing Street was clearly nonplussed. Photograph: PA Wire

Speaker says PM cannot bring back deal to parliament without substantial changes

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds, with fellow MP Emma Little-Pengelly, after speaking to the media outside the Cabinet Office. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

DUP says talks with UK government are focusing on legal assurances and not cash

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) deputy leader Nigel Dodds leaves after speaking to the media outside the cabinet office in London on Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Henry Nicholls

Discussions continuing with British government ahead of third vote on exit deal

An anti-Brexit protester outside the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Theresa May still wants MPs to pass her deal. Will the DUP help drag it over the line?

Democratic Unionist Party  deputy leader Nigel Dodds, speaks to the media outside the Cabinet Office, in London. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Nigel Dodds says party does not want a no-deal Brexit but needs further guarantees

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May (front centre) reacts during a debate on extending the Brexit negotiating process in Parliament in London on Thursday. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout/Reuters

DUP and UK government ministers to continue negotiations for necessary deal support

After the vote to extend the article 50 deadline, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (centre) said parties should come together to agree a common approach to Brexit. Photograph: PA Wire

MPs reject amendment that would have seen UK Parliament control how Brexit proceeds

Gavin Williamson, UK defence secretary, said his ministry  is working across government to drive through a new package of safeguards ‘to ensure our armed forces are not unfairly treated’. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Minister says his government will urgently reform system for dealing with legacy issues

John Kelly (C), whose brother Michael died during Bloody Sunday, speaks during a press conference. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

DUP’s Gregory Campbell says ‘massive imbalance’ in legacy investigations into Troubles

British prime minister Theresa May does have a chance of persuading the 10 DUP MPs to change their minds through actions taken in London rather than on the continent. Photograph: Reuters/Henry Nicholls

Officials in Brussels suggest that long extension could run from nine to 21 months

UK prime minister Theresa May (front centre) in the House of Commons. Photograph: Mark Duffy/UK Parliament/AFP/Getty

British PM issues warning after House of Commons votes to rule out no-deal exit

British environment secretary  Michael Gove: spoke of the “very real possibility of imposing a form of direct rule”. Photograph: Andy Rain

Stormont suspension not sustainable if UK crashes out and Dublin ‘engagement’ needed

The announcement comes hours after the DUP’s 10 MPs voted against British prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament via The New York Times

Irish beef exports destined for rest of the United Kingdom will be subject to tariffs

Britain will not introduce any new checks or controls on goods moving from Ireland to Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit. File Photograph: David Young/PA

All Irish beef and dairy products will be able to enter Northern Ireland tariff-free

UK prime minister Theresa May: Downing Street declined to confirm she would vote in favour of her own motion tomorrow. Photograph: Handout via Reuters

EU now in a stronger negotiating position than ever, but no deal remains legal default

British  prime minister Theresa May leaves the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday following the rejection of her deal in the Commons. Photograph: Reuters

Decisive rejection leaves MPs facing ‘unenviable choices’, prime minister says

British prime minister Theresa May: Joint instrument had the same legal status as the withdrawal agreement itself. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

If latest deal satisfies the DUP, most Tory Brexiteers are likely to fall into line

Michel Barnier, chief negotiator for the European Union,  greets British prime minister Theresa May before a news conference in Strasbourg, France, on Monday.  Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Joint interpretive instrument means EU cannot trap UK in backstop indefinitely

British prime minister Theresa May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker are pictured during a  news conference in Strasbourg on Monday. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters.

Juncker says there will be no further chances on agreement and Varadkar approves latest offer

Michel Barnier at  the  Six Nations rugby match between Ireland and France at the Aviva. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Leo Varadkar hosts Michel Barnier at private pre-match dinner in Dublin

The Government has ruled out leasing ships in the event that the route to mainland Europe is affected by Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Brexit briefing papers show legal complications of managing a crash-out scenario

British prime minister Theresa May   in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, on Friday, where she urged the European Union to make the concessions needed to persuade MPs to vote for her Brexit deal next Tuesday. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire

DUP’s Nigel Dodds says new Barnier offer on Brexit ‘neither realistic nor sensible’

Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, on Friday when she called on the European Union for “one more push” to strike a compromise on Brexit. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/AFP/Getty Images

Westminster committee says more trust and goodwill needed between Britain and EU

Britain’s attorney general Geoffrey Cox outside of Downing Street in London on February 26th. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters/File

May’s hopes for her deal rest on persuading DUP and Brexiteers on the backstop

 A billboard from the campaign group “For Our Future’s Sake” featuring various pro-Brexit figures and modelled on a controversial advert unveiled by right-wing British MEP Nigel Farage is displayed in Westminster . Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Chancellor warns Brexiteers about voting against deal

 Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley: ‘never intended to cause offence’. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Northern Secretary criticised in North and State for saying killings by soldiers, police ‘not crimes’

Police and bomb disposal teams investigate a package sent to Glasgow University. Photograph: Robert Perry/EPA

Police investigating whether incendiary devices sent to various UK sites linked to Republic

An anti-Brexit protester draped in an Tricolour and holding an EU flag stands outside of the houses of parliament in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Sammy Wilson says DUP could vote for May deal if backstop time-limited

 Democratic Unionist Party MP for East Antrim Sammy Wilson.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/The Irish Times

MP says his party would back May’s deal if time limit was imposed

Police at Waterloo rail station in London, on Tuesday. Only the package sent to the Compass Centre offices at Heathrow was opened, causing the A4 envelope the device was in to catch fire. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Three packages sent to airports and train station bore Irish stamps and postmarks

Attorney general Geoffrey Cox leaves following the weekly cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street on Tuesday.  Ministers continue to seek legally-binding changes to Theresa May’s Brexit deal in order to get backing from MPs when they vote on the deal in parliament next week. Photograph:  Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Two car manufacturers say they could move production out of Britain in event of no deal

UK prime minister Theresa May leaves a hair salon during a visit to Salisbury. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/Pool/EPA

As backstop talks continue in Brussels, hard Brexiteers line up lawyers to review outcome

Brexit endgame: Jeremy Corbyn is backing a second referendum in part to stop more MPs leaving the UK Labour Party. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

What Jeremy Corbyn, a lifelong Eurosceptic, does next could be key to the UK’s future

 Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge: Dozens of presenters on commercial local radio stations  are to lose their jobs, with hundreds more at risk. Photograph: Andy Seymour/BBC/PA

London Letter: Leave-veering audiences to lose out to capital’s output

George Eustice: European Commission has  deliberately made progress slow and difficult. Above, a video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament’s Parliamentary Recording Unit   earlier in February. Photograph:  HO/ PRU / AFP/Getty Images

Eustice says taking a no-deal Brexit off table would weaken Britain’s negotiating hand

Members of the Our Future, Our Choice youth movement  during a mass lobby of parliament outside St John’s Smith Square, London. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Macron warns Britain cannot expect EU to agree to delay if it only postpones negotiating deadline

Jacob Rees-Mogg: now says  he could vote for the prime minister’s deal even if the Northern Ireland backstop was not replaced.  Photograph: Ho Pru/AFP/Getty (

Extent of the vote in favour of Cooper’s amendment shows the ground is shifting

Theresa May’s hand was forced by the threat of ministerial resignations if she failed to rule out a no-deal Brexit on March 29th. Photograph: Frank Augstein

Sufficient backstop assurance may persuade DUP and Conservatives to back Brexit deal

British prime minister Theresa May said she would bring her deal back to the House of Commons for a “meaningful vote” by March 12th. Photograph: Getty Images

Ministers threatened to resign if UK leader failed to rule out no-deal Brexit

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg: ‘If it’s being delayed as a plot to stop Brexit altogether ... it would undermine our democracy.’ Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Mays says if MPs reject deal, they can vote on no deal and on extending article 50

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn: “We are committed to also putting forward or supporting an amendment in favour of a public vote to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit being forced on the country.” Photograph:  Aaron Chown/PA

London to bring back direct rule in NI as administrative move in event of crashout

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn:  reluctance around “public vote” helped to drive eight MPs out of the party. Photograph: Vickie Flores

Corbyn proposal to put Brexit back to people may be driven by fear of further defections

 Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in north London, Britain. Photograph: Vickie Flores/EPA

Party to support amendment that would compel Theresa May to delay Britain’s exit from EU

Joan Ryan (left) is joined by former Conservative Party and now Independent MPs Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston. Photograph: Reuters/Simon Dawson

Anna Soubry among group joining eight former Labour MPs in Independent Group

 Former  Conservative  MPs Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston arrive at a news conference in London.  Photograph:  Reuters/ Simon Dawson

Soubry, Allen and Wollaston join eight former Labour MPs in the Independent Group

British  prime minister Theresa May leaving  Downing Street. She will be  meeting  Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Wednesday evening. Photograph: Getty Images

EU is willing to consider new proposals on the backstop, but they face two big problems

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: James Forde

Three-day talks to cover economic interventions and state aid for vulnerable industries

Britain’s attorney general Geoffrey Cox leaving Downing Street after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. He is expected to return to Brussels to meet EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

EU expects Geoffrey Cox to present draft legal text on backstop as May to meet Juncker

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