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

Boris Johnson leaves the Conservative Party headquarters after being announced as the new Conservative party leader at an event in central London 23 July 2019. Boris Johnson defeated Jeremy Hunt to become the new British Conservative party leader winning 92,153 votes to Jeremy Hunt's 46,656. EPA/NEIL HALL

New British PM’s many books and newspaper columns are revealing about his attitudes

Suddenly Boris Johnson was speaking very fast, promising to deliver Brexit by October 31st ‘in a spirit of can-do’, his pace quickening with each word until he reached a stringendo of babble. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

New Conservative leader keeps his first speech gag free ... for a minute or so

 Boris Johnson: His promise to take Britain out of the EU on October 31st “do or die” has limited his room for manoeuvre in negotiations with the EU. Photograph:  Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

New Conservative leader offered up several hostages to fortune during campaign

Conservative Party leadership contender Boris Johnson leaving his office in Westminster, on Monday. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Brexiteer poised to assume power as Tory MPs push back against possible no-deal exit

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair: ‘I don’t believe Boris Johnson will ever do no-deal without an endorsement either from parliament or the people.’ Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Former PM tells ‘The Irish Times’ the likely new Tory leader has little room for manoeuvre

Chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond said he would be a loyal supporter of the Conservative government if it pursued a deal with Brussels. Photograph: Jeff Overs/AFP/Getty

Other ministers opposed to no-deal Brexit also expected to resign from cabinet

MPs convening for the announcement of voting on the ‘Benn Amendment’ calibrated to prevent the next prime minister from suspending parliament to pursue a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: via EPA

Amendment ensures House of Commons will be sitting at ‘crucial time for our country’

Boris Johnson delivers  a speech at the final Conservative Party leadership hustings,   in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

London Letter: This may not be the time for Ireland to throw away a hard-won strategic advantage

 British chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond:  one of about 30 Conservatives who abstained from Thursday’s vote. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol

Hammond, Clark, Gauke and Stewart among those who ignored voting instruction

British prime minister Theresa May: under a Boris Johnson premiership, the country could begin to look more fondly on her quieter virtues. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

PM’s secretiveness and obstinacy may be dwarfed by successor’s debased rhetoric

Theresa May: “Our politics retreated back into its binary pre-referendum positions – a winner-takes-all approach to leaving or remaining.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Outgoing British PM condemns ‘politics of winners and losers’ as threat to everybody

Conservative leadership candidate Boris Johnson  at  Westminster. “No to time limits or unilateral escape hatches or all these elaborate devices, glosses, codicils and so on that you could apply to the backstop.” Photograph: Getty Images

Tory leadership candidates say backstop must be removed completely before they can accept the withdrawal agreement

Conservative Party leadership candidate Boris Johnson during a Tory leadership hustings in Colchester, Essex.  Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Analysis: Tory leadership candidate appears to be setting a course for a no-deal Brexit

Anti-Brexit protesters demonstrating before a Tory leadership hustings in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Photograph: Jacob King/PA Wire

Opponents say such an action would subvert the foundations of parliamentary government

Boris Johnson onstage during the Conservative leadership hustings at Cheltenham Racecourse: Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Tory frontrunner says arrangements to keep the Border open should be negotiated after Britain leaves

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn: rejects allegations the Labour Party is anti-Semitic.  Photograph:  Aaron Chown/PA

Ideas of Jewish manipulation of finance and politics driven by leap in membership

Boris Johnson visits a JD Wetherspoon pub as part of his  Conservative Party leadership campaign tour, in London. As the frontrunner he is expected to become prime minister on June 24th. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Pool via Bloomberg

London Letter: Dublin, Brussels and other European capitals are now playing a summer waiting game

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Photograph:  House of Commons/PA Wire

BBC documentary alleges Corbyn supporters interfered with anti-Semitism inquiry

Britain’s then British foreign secretary Boris Johnson with then British Ambassador to the United States  Kim Darroch in Washington in November 2017. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Analysis: Resignation of Kim Darroch a grim herald of the cold world awaiting UK after Brexit

Britain’s ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch listens as US president Donald Trump and British prime minister Theresa May hold a joint news conference at the White House in Washington on January 27th, 2017. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Tory leadership candidate accused of throwing Kim Darroch ‘under a bus’ after Trump row

MPs at Westminster voted to introduce same-sex marriage by October 21st unless power-sharing talks lead to the restoration of the Stormont institutions before then

Marriage equality and abortion should be decided by NI people - Donaldson

Stormont collapsed in January 2017 when the late Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin resigned as deputy first minister.

British MPs also approve proposal to extend abortion access to Northern Ireland

 Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt go head to head on ITV’s debate: “If you don’t get us out of the EU on October 31st, will you resign?” Mr Hunt  asked his rival. Photograph: Matt Frost/ITV

Frontrunner accused of ‘peddling optimism’ while dodging questions in leadership debate

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney:  Mr Coveney is set to tell Ministers  a no-deal Brexit  is more likely now than at any time to date. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA

Coveney to present contingency, ports and communication plan memos to Ministers

DUP MP Sammy Wilson has criticised a warning to unionists over a Border poll. Photograph: Liam McBurney/The Irish Times

Chair of Westminster’s Northern Ireland committee says Brexit may result in united Ireland

Britain’s ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch (centre) listens as US President Donald Trump and British prime minister Theresa May hold a joint news conference at the White House in Washington, US in January, 2017. Photograph: Reuters/Carlos Barria

Leak of messages from Washington diplomat sparks UK unease and investigation

Simon Coveney

Tánaiste to brief Cabinet on contingency plans as no-deal now seen as likely outcome

Boris Johnson insists he is not bluffing about being prepared to leave the EU without a deal. Photograph: Frank Augstein/Pool via Bloomberg

Tory opponents of no-deal say there are enough of them – ‘30-plus’ – to block it

Pro-Brexit protesters  outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

London Letter: when government says it is Brexit ready it means it has made all the preparations it can. It doesn’t mean traders a(...)

Tory leadership candidate Boris Johnson attempting to make sausages during a visit to a food company near Bedale, Yorkshire. Photograph:  Darren Staples/Bloomberg

Hunt says result of the leadership contest is not a foregone conclusion, and there is all to play for

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May will claim that she made strengthening the Union an explicit government priority. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

PM believes no-deal will boost support for NI Border poll and Scottish independence

Conservative Party leadership contender Jeremy Hunt delivers a speech on his Brexit plan  in London, England. Photograph: Frank Augstein – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Tory leadership contender sets deadline for agreeing a fresh accord that will satisfy MPs

Jeremy Hunt delivers a speech on his Brexit plan in London on Monday. Photograph: Frank Augstein/Getty Images

Foreign secretary sets out Brexit plan more implausible than Boris Johnson’s

Tory leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt appearing  on the Andrew Marr Show in London. Photograph: Reuters

Tory leadership contender joins Johnson in calling into question Britain’s obligation to pay £39bn to EU in no-deal Brexit

Boris Johnson speaks during a hustings event at Manchester Central. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Johnson pushes audience’s buttons and overshadows his Tory leadership rival

Conservative  leadership candidate Boris Johnson  with local business people in a  cafe in Oxshott, Surrey. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Tory leadership contender suggests would refuse to delay Brexit even if parliament demurs

 Jeremy Hunt talking  with Chelsea Pensioners during a tour of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. Photograph:  Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Conservative leadership contender claims the mood in Brussels has changed and the EU is more open to alternatives to the backstop

Boris Johnson: admitted he would need an agreement with the EU  to avoid a hard Border. Photograph: Reuters

Tory frontrunner repeats pledge to leave EU on October 31st with or without deal

 Jeremy Hunt: ‘We owe the Conservative party, we owe the country, a proper contest.’ Photograph:  Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images

Jeremy Hunt says former foreign secretary ‘isn’t prepared to subject himself to scrutiny’

A common food safety and animal health area covering Britain and Ireland could help to keep the Border open without the backstop after Brexit, a group of politicians, academics and trade experts has proposed. File photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Commission dominated by Brexiteers proposes special economic zones to avoid backstop

Boris Johnson: The apparent row with his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, during which she shouted “get off me” and “get out of my flat”, has revived questions about his  character. Photograph: Darren Staples/Bloomberg

Controversy over domestic incident could yet get worse for Tory leadership favourite

Boris Johnson refused to answer questions about a domestic incident at a Conservative leadership hustings in Birmingham on Saturday. The story has revived questions about his character. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski

Calls for PM candidate to explain late-night disturbance for which neighbours dialled 999

Cherished by older Conservatives, he is viewed by others as a liar and opportunist

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks with European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier prior to a meeting on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/EPA

Bloc insists there will be no changes to the backstop amid European Summit in Brussels

A  newspaper showing a picture of Conservative leadership contender Boris Johnson in London. Photograph: Getty Images

Few doubt Tory frontrunner’s supporters voted to ensure Jeremy Hunt emerged

 Jeremy Hunt  with Boris Johnson in London ahead of the 2012 Olympics. The pair are the final two contenders for the Conservative Party leadership. File photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Profiles: Former journalist who led Leave campaign faces off against cabinet’s richest man

Jeremy Hunt (left) and the Boris Johnson in 2012; the two will now go head to head in the British Conservative Party leadership race. Photogrph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Michael Gove eliminated by just two votes in fifth and final round of voting

Anti-Brexit campaigners, Borders Against Brexit, set up a mock customs search  in 2016. Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Advisory group to explore ‘alternative arrangements’ to keep Border open after Brexit

Boris Johnson added to the impression of shiftiness by backing away from a promise to cut taxes for high earners. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Retreat from firm commitment on Brexit date leaves Johnson exposed to attack

Rory Stewart: “I remain deeply committed to you and to this country.” Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

MPs to pick Boris Johnson challenger on Thursday as Stewart finishes last in third round

Conservative Party leadership contenders  Boris Johnson,  Jeremy Hunt,  Michael Gove,  Sajid Javid and Rory Stewart take part in the BBC television debate in London. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/AFP/Getty Images

Five leadership contenders rule out calling a general election before Britain leaves EU

 Boris Johnson speaking during the BBC TV debate at BBC Broadcasting House in London featuring the contestants for the leadership of the Conservative Party. Photograph:  Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

Rory Stewart is emerging as the only candidate with a chance of defeating Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson on Monday. The frontrunner already has enough support among MPs to ensure his is one of the two names to go before the party membership in the final ballot. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Hunt ahead among public endorsements from MPs in race to join Johnson on final ballot

Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab and Rory Stewart take part in a live television debate on Channel 4 for the Tory leadership candidates,  in Stratford, east London. Photograph: Tim Anderson/Channel 4/PA Wire

To deal or not to deal is the question as live event becomes ‘Hamlet’ without the prince

From left:  Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid during the live television debate on Channel 4 for the candidates for leadership of the Conservative party. Photograph: PA

Rory Stewart accused his rivals of engaging in ‘a competition of machismo’

Boris Johnson is the clear favourite to win the parliamentary stage of the Conservative leadership election but his victory among the party’s membership is not a foregone conclusion. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Dublin and Brussels are hoping for a ‘Nixon in China’ moment from Tory frontrunner

British health secretary Matt Hancock, who has withdrawn from the Conservative Party leadership race. Photograph: Matt Hancock/PA Wire

Hancock pulls out of Tory leadership race, leaving six candidates vying for two places

 Boris Johnson leaving his London home on Thursday. He is  almost certain to be one of two candidates who will go before the party membership of  160,000. Photograph:  Glyn Kirk/Getty Images

Former UK foreign secretary secures resounding early victory in Tory leadership race

Conservative leadership candidate Boris Johnson leaves his home in central London. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Hunt and Gove look the most likely to fight it out for second slot in Tory leadership battle

Boris Johnson during the launch of his campaign to become  Conservative leader  and  prime minister at the Royal Academy of Engineering in central London. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Frontrunner says no-deal Brexit ‘last resort’ ahead of first round of leadership contest

Boris Johnson during the London launch of his campaign to become leader of the Conservative  and prime minister. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

He refused to be drawn on his conflicting statements about using cocaine when he was younger

Boris Johnson during the launch at Westminster of his campaign to become leader of the Conservatives and  prime minister. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Johnson says Britain must leave EU in October as further delay to Brexit would lead to Conservative defeat in next general electio(...)

Andrea Leadsom launching her campaign in London to become Conservative party leader  and prime minister. Photograph:   Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Former Commons leader Andrea Leadsom says leaving EU at the end of October will be a ‘red line’ if she becomes prime minister

Michael Gove, British environment secretary, delivers a speech at the launch of his Tory leadership campaign  in London. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Environment secretary’s campaign could be fatally damaged after cocaine admission

Amber Rudd, British work and pensions secretary, attends the Conservative party leadership campaign launch for Jeremy Hunt, in London, Britain. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Tory leadership candidate says Merkel and Macron are open to renegotiating Brexit deal

Michael Gove leaving the BBC after appearing on the Andrew Marr Show, in London. Photograph: Reuters/Simon Dawson

Boris Johnson extends his lead by winning backing of leading hardline Brexiteers

Boris Johnson: promises to shed the ‘intellectual prison’ of the backstop. Photograph: Andrew Yates/File Photo/Reuters

Leadership contender promises aggressive stance on divorce bill and Border backstop

Theresa May: hopes to use her remaining weeks in office as caretaker for some domestic policy actions. Photograph: Neil Hall

Labour narrowly beats Brexit Party to hold seat in Peterborough byelection

 Boris Johnson said  the Conservatives must deliver Brexit by October 31st to neutralise the Brexit Party. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP

Conservatives come third behind Labour and Brexit Party in Peterborough election

British environment secretary Michael Gove: in the running for  prime minister role in upcoming Conservative Party leadership battle. Photograph: Andy Rain

London Letter: Withdrawal agreement, backstop confrontation await successor

John Bercow: ‘Parliament will not be evacuated from the centre stage of the decision-making process.’ Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty

Comments come after Dominic Raab refuses to rule out proroguing parliament

 British environment secretary Michael Gove out for a run in London. He told Conservatives he would seek to negotiate a “full stop” to the backstop through alternative arrangements to keep the Irish Border open. Photograph: EPA

Tory polling expert warns Boris Johnson too divisive

Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, US president Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, watch a fly past during an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, in Portsmouth. Photograph: Tolga Akmen / AFP

Queen Elizabeth leads tributes to ‘heroism’ of those who died in D-Day landings at 75th anniversary

Britain’s international development secretary Rory Stewart: a dark-horse candidate who has hijacked the contest with a surprising social media campaign. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga

Backbenchers call for next PM to drop withdrawal accord and make clean Brexit

President Donald Trump and prime minister Theresa May  during a joint press conference in London  during the second day of the president’s state visit. Photograph:  WPA Pool/Getty Images

US president warns that all areas of the economy, including the National Health Service, must be up for negotiation

British prime minister Theresa May and US president Donald Trump are pictured in London’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office during his state visit to the UK. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

US president plays down protests and lays out an unpalatable choice next Tory leader could face

Theresa May and Donald Trump at Chequers in July 2018. Photograph: Hannah McKay/File Photo/Reuters

Queen hosted banquet for US president on Monday but opposition leaders steered clear

US president Donald Trump: Opposition leaders will not attend banquet held for him by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace on Monday. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

MPs gear up for leadership campaign and voting as US president makes three-day trip

EU negotiators initially welcomed Dominic Raab as a smarter and more focused interlocutor than his predecessor David Davis. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

London Letter: ‘Powerful and obnoxious odour of mendacity’ surrounds Boris Johnson

Former Tory party leader Ian Duncan Smith said the 1922 Committee should raise the threshold for nomination so that candidates would need the backing of 10 MPs. File Photograph courtesy BBC

Fomer minister calls for change in rules to avert risk of contest descending into chaos

Speaker of the House Jon Bercow. Brexiteers have complained that some of his decisions have stretched the rules to allow opponents of Brexit to set the agenda. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

Speaker has great latitude in choosing which precedents to invoke and which to ignore

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage: “The Conservative Party are bitterly divided and I consider it to be extremely unlikely that they will pick a leader who is able to take us out on October 31st come what may.” Photograph:  Peter Summers/Getty

Brexit Party leader predicts general election win if Conservatives fail on October Brexit

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