Labour  leader Jeremy Corbyn winks to a colleague during  a political rally  in Hastings, southeast England, on Thursday. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister meets MPs from all sides of the debate in Downing Street

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn during prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/AFP/Getty Images

Labour leader’s attacks on floundering May blunted by his own Brexit evasions

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street after winning a confidence vote. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Jeremy Corbyn rebuffs prime minister’s invite to talks on the UK’s exit from the EU

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, speaks following Theresa May’s win in a confidence vote. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/Handout via Reuters

Prime minister resisting Corbyn’s demands that she drop no-deal ‘blackmail’ threat

British prime minister Theresa May in the House of Commons on Tuesday for the meaningful vote on her Brexit withdrawal deal. Photograph:  Mark Duffy/UK Parliament

Bad day for PM begins with warnings on cod and plaice and ends with slap like a wet fish

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PM vows to work with MPs across House after deal defeated by 230 votes

British prime minister Theresa May in the House of Commons on Tuesday. Under a future amendment MPs could attempt to make a no-deal Brexit illegal. Photograph: EPA/Parliamentary handout

Corbyn’s no confidence motion should be defeated but there is no majority for any kind of Brexit

Pro and anti-Brexit demonstrators outside the Houses of Parliament in London before Tuesday’s  vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal.  Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/ PA Wire

Prime minister admits letter from Juncker and Tusk does not address MPs’ concerns

British prime minister Theresa May issues her latest statement on Brexit to MPs in the House of Commonson Monday. Photograph: PA Wire

Defeat could see prime minister pivot from hardline Brexiteers towards softer Brexit

Prime minister Theresa May told MPs that history would judge them harshly if they failed to deliver on the result of the 2016 referendum.  Photograph:  PA Wire

British prime minister asks MPs to take a second look at her Brexit deal

A copy of the letter send by European Council president Donald Tusk and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to Theresa May on Monday. Photograph:  Yves Herman/Illustration/Reuters

British PM welcomes ‘valuable clarifications’ as DUP says letter only bolstered concerns

Theresa May: more likely that parliament would insist on a second referendum.   Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Senior health service officials concerned about access to some 45 key drugs

British prime minister Theresa May  after attending a church service near her Maidenhead constituency on Sunday. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Corbyn declines to endorse second referendum on Brexit if confidence motion fails to precipitate a general election

Former attorney general Dominic Grieve speaking during a convention on a second EU referendum at the Emmanuel Centre in central London. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Conservative rebel believes UK prime minister should ask for article 50 deadline to be extended

After months during which the fronts on both sides of the Commons chamber seemed frozen, some MPs are beginning to shift position. Photograph: UK Parliament/Mark Duffy/PA Wire

London Letter: Political convulsion begins to play out as decision time looms

On the day British prime minister Theresa May met Japanese PM Shinzo Abe the embattled Mrs May reached out to two big unions in a bid to build support ahead of next week’s meaningful vote. Photograph: Getty Images

British PM offers labour and environmental safeguards to leaders of Unite and GMB unions

Speaker John Bercow in the House of Commons. Photograph: UK Parliament/Mark Duffy/PA Wire

Analysis: MPs approve Dominic Grieve’s amendment in move to take back control

Theresa May speaking during prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons in London on January 9th. Photograph: UK Parliament/Mark Duffy/PA Wire

UK parliament forces prime minister to quickly present ‘plan B’ if withdrawal deal rejected

Locked gates at Stormont Buildings in Co Down, east of Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

DUP denounces move by British government as ‘cosmetic and meaningless’

Michael Gove: he  criticised MPs who risked making the perfect the enemy of the good by holding out for a better deal. File photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

First defeat on a finance bill in 40 years could have big political impact on what happens between now and March 29th

Labour Party MP Yvette Cooper was one of the leading backers of the amendment to the finance Bill. File photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Parliament votes to restrict taxation powers if Britain leaves EU without agreement

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets Irish troops in Mali during his visit to Africa.

Tánaiste to warn time for ‘wishful thinking’ is over if Britain is to avoid no-deal Brexit

 Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay arriving   at No 10 Downing Street to meet  British prime minister Theresa May. Photograph:   EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

May insists MPs will vote on her Brexit deal next week, although dozens of Conservatives have promised to vote against it

British prime minister Theresa May remains convinced that the DUP’s 10 MPs are the key to unlocking the support of Conservative Brexiteers for her deal. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Prime minister expected to seek EU concessions following presumed Commons defeat

UK prime minister Theresa May (centre) sits with members of her cabinet on December 20th Photograph: Adrian Dennis/WPA Pool/Getty

May is in a stronger position than a year ago, but now faces perilous challenges

Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom. Photograph: House of Commons/PA Wire

Cross-party group of MPs tables finance Bill amendment to rule out a no-deal scenario

Jo Churchill MP urges Commons speaker John Bercow to look at a video clip of Jeremy Corbyn as education secretary Damian Hinds, Andrew Stephenson MP, Mike Freer MP and health secretary Matt Hancock look on, on Wednesday. Photograph: UK Parliament/Mark Duffy/PA Wire

Dodds says Brussels reassurances not enough if PM is to win vote on withdrawal deal

Jacob Rees-Mogg: “She won the vote, and therefore I have to accept the result of a democratic vote – similar to what I’ve been saying about the referendum.”   Photograph: EPA/Will Oliver

Brussels still sceptical about May winning parliamentary approval for her deal even with further reassurances on the backstop

Theresa May’s cabinet agreed to ramp up preparations in case MPs were to reject the withdrawal agreement next month. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Brussels to publish no-deal contingency plans as UK readies troops in case of disorder

Britain’s defence secretary Gavin Williamson  and attorney general Geoffrey Cox:  plans include chartering ferries for supplies of food and medicines. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga

Ad campaigns will advise firms of necessary steps, with army preparing for contingencies

 British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s move does not shift the party closer to a position of advocating a second referendum, as many of its anti-Brexit supporters would like. File photograph: Mario Cruz/EPA

Labour’s no-confidence motion does not oblige May to move forward vote on deal

British prime minister Theresa May made the pledge immediately after Labour promised to push for a no-confidence vote in the prime minister if she failed to name a date. Photograph: HO / PRU / AFP

MPs to vote on deal in week of January 14th, prime minister tells Commons

Theresa May is to say on Monday: ‘Let us not break faith with the British people by trying to stage another referendum.’ Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Some cabinet ministers believe MPs should have ‘indicative vote’ on alternative options

Theresa May: “We will be working expeditiously over the coming days to seek those further assurances that I believe MPs will need.” Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

British PM says official conclusions of meeting of 27 leaders represented progress

British Prime Minister Theresa May will make a statement to parliament about the summit on Monday and take questions from MPs about the future of her Brexit deal. Photograph: John Thys / AFP/Getty Images

May seized on the conclusions which stated that the backstop would be temporary

Theresa May arriving at the European Council for the start of the two-day EU summit on December 13th, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Prediction that May would have to bring Brexit deal before Commons a number of times

 European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker  and president of the European Council Donald Tusk at a press conference at the end of first day at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

‘We don’t want the UK to think there can be any form of renegotiation whatsoever,’ says Juncker

British prime minister Theresa May arrives for a meeting at an EU summit in Brussels. Photograph: AP Photo/Alastair Grant

PM tells European leaders she can get exit deal through parliament with ‘right assurances’

DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Analysis: British PM has set a bar for EU negotiations that may be impossible to overcome

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street after she survived an attempt by Tory MPs to oust her with a vote of no confidence. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Prime minister wins by 200 votes to 117 and pledges to seek legal assurances from EU

Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, announces that Theresa May has survived an attempt by Tory MPs to oust her as party leader. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Prime minister tells MPs she recognises she cannot lead Tories into election set for 2022

UK prime minister Theresa May walks back to number 10 after making a statement in Downing Street. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Analysis: It seems if May wins tonight’s vote by any margin, she will stay put

British  prime minister Theresa May makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street, London, after she survived an attempt by Tory MPs to oust her. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Conservative MPs back British prime minister as Brexit deal hangs in the balance

British prime minister Theresa May and  European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

Juncker says there is ‘no room whatsoever’ for renegotiation of the withdrawal treaty

British prime minister Theresa May arrives for a meeting with European Council president Donald Tusk at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Conservative hardliners believe they are close to triggering confidence vote on prime minister

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May in the   House of Commons on December 10th. She told the house that a vote on her  Brexit deal would be  deferred. Photograph:  Getty Images

Analysis: Prime minister’s enemies on the Conservative backbenches are ready to strike again

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May returns to Downing Street after postponing the parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal. Photograph: Ben  Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Prime minister calls off Commons vote on the deal rather than face crushing defeat

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn: said to prime minister Theresa May there was no point bringing back the same deal with cosmetic changes. Photograph:  Parbul/PA

UK government has lost control and is in disarray, says Corbyn as key vote cancelled

A view of a Ukip ‘Brexit Betrayal’ march in London, Britain, on Sunday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

British PM speaks to Leo Varadkar by phone ahead of vote in the House of Commons

UK Independence Party  and pro-Brexit supporters at the “Brexit Betrayal” march in London on Sunday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Some Conservatives fear vote will bring big defeat for May and doom her Brexit proposal

 British prime minister Theresa May speaks at a press conference  in Brussels last month. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Parliamentary vote could have a number of possible outcomes, including another referendum

Cargo trucks wait to embark ferries in front of the white cliffs at the Port of Dover. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg via Getty Images

More than recommended six weeks of medicines should be stockpiled – health minister

 Pro-EU supporters call for a People’s Vote outside the British Houses of Parliament on  December 6th, 2018:   Some claim the backstop creates a problem of democratic control upwards because people in Northern Ireland would be subject to EU rules without any democratic representation in the EU. Photograph: Andy Rain

London Letter: Democracy, damage and cross-sea trade key subjects of Brexit talks

British prime minister Theresa May lights up Downing Street Christmas tree: “Overwhelmingly, the message I’ve heard is that people want us to get on with it.” Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Protective elements of proposed exit accord will be highlighted amid calls to stall vote

Anti-Brexit demonstrators protest outside  the Houses of Parliament in London yesterday. Neither Brussels nor Dublin will offer any concessions ahead of the Brexit vote to help British prime minister Theresa May win it. Photograph:  Ben Stansall/Getty Images

The politics of Northern Ireland look set to sink agreement in next week’s vote

 British prime minister Theresa May: met Conservative backbenchers in her office to listen to their concerns about the backstop. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

No changes sought to withdrawal agreement, Downing Street stresses

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Pro-European Tories join opposition to pass motion for greater say over EU exit

 Conservative MP Dominic Grieve:  his amendment will allow MPs to table amendments to any motion on EU withdrawal that would follow a defeat of Theresa May’s deal next week. Photograph: AFP Photo/PRU/HO/Getty

Contempt finding and move by Conservative rebels backdrop for next five days of talks

Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, who said on Tuesday the vote showed Theresa May’s government no longer commanded a majority in the House. Photograph: PA Wire

Theresa May’s deal in danger as ministers found in contempt of parliament

British prime minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street in the rain on Monday to address the House of Commons. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

No-deal Brexit would result in indefinite Border backstop, attorney general tells MPs

Attorney general Geoffrey Cox in the House of Commons: said backstop was as unwelcome to the EU as it was to Britain because it would give Northern Ireland’s traders a competitive edge over their EU counterparts. Photograph: PA

Warts and all presentation of backstop details unlikely to win over May’s critics

A videograb shows Britain’s attorney general Geoffrey Cox as he delivers a statement on the government’s legal position on its withdrawal agreement with the EU, in the House of Commons. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

‘Think of what the EU is now accepting,’ British government’s legal advisor tells MPs

Bank of England governor Mark Carney: No-deal Brexit would be “a totally different situation than people have been living with and experiencing, certainly in advanced economies, for the last 30, 40 years.” Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Collapse in sterling could push Irish economy into recession and cost many jobs

Theresa May during her visit to  Scotland on Wednesday. MPs will hold a crucial vote on December 11th to approve or reject the Brexit deal agreed with EU leaders. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/AFP/Getty Images

Bank of England warnings will influence what happens if May’s deal is rejected

British prime minister Theresa May at Queen’s University during her visit to Northern Ireland on November 27th Photograph: Liam McBurney/ WPA Pool/Getty

Backbench opposition to agreement grows as Downing Street briefs Conservative MPs

With just two weeks to win over MPs before the “meaningful vote” on December 11th, British  prime minister Theresa May’s strongest argument is that her deal is the only one that guarantees a certain outcome. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

PM may gamble that negative market reaction will persuade MPs to change their minds

UK prime minister Theresa May faced mainly hostile questions in the House of Commons. Photograph: Parliament TV handout via Reuters

MPs to begin debating withdrawal agreement next week ahead of December 11th vote

British prime minister is to tell MPs: “This is the best deal for the UK, the best deal for Europe, this is the only deal possible.” Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

British prime minister to argue deal delivers Brexit while protecting jobs and livelihoods

British PM Theresa May gives a press conference after the European Council meeting in Brussels,  November 25th. Photograph: Epa/Olivier Hoslet

If MPs reject Brexit deal, Theresa May can expect little immediate help from Brussels

British prime minister Theresa May will be in Brussels on Saturday to meet European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council  president Donald Tusk. Photograph: Will Oliver/Bloomberg

Officials finalise treaty and declaration texts ahead of meeting of leaders in Brussels

British prime minister Theresa May took calls from members of the public during a BBC phone-in on Friday. Photograph: BBC News/PA Wire

Downing Street dismisses speculation about second vote if Commons rejects deal

Theresa May told the House of Commons that preparatory work on alternative arrangements to avoid implementing a border backstop would begin before Britain leaves the EU. Photograph: Will Oliver/Bloomberg

Dublin willing to consider ‘sensible and realistic’ solutions proven effective

British prime minister Theresa May had to rethink her strategy in relation to the political declaration after she met  European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: PA Wire

Demands on immigration and security met but frictionless trade not mentioned

Prime Minister Theresa May speaking in the House of Commons  about Brexit, November 22nd. Photograph: PA Wire

Prime minister faced hostile reception in Commons as deal called ‘26 pages of waffle’

Theresa May during prime minister’s questions  on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

With little support for Brexit deal, PM hints at concessions on future relationship with EU

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

DUP’s Jim Shannon claims the endorsement of the deal by the Ulster Farmers’ Union had not been cleared at the highest level

 British prime minister Theresa May as she speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Photograph:  Ho/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister rejects calls to renegotiate draft withdrawal agreement

The DUP’s Ian Paisley criticised the UK government  for taking no action in support of the victims of IRA attacks involving Libyan-supplied Semtex. File photograph: PA Wire

Ian Paisley says victims of attacks using Libyan-supplied explosive will die without receiving damages

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May: nobody serious in London, Brussels or Dublin believes technology can resolve the issue of the Border. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty

Technological border and another shot at negotiating at summit are UK delusions

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg: did not succeed in triggering vote to topple Theresa May as prime minister.  Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Rees-Mogg admits failure to get 48 MPs’ signatures needed for PM confidence vote

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May addresses delegates at the annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in central London. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Downing Street insists draft agreement covers Gibraltar as Spain demands veto

British prime minister Theresa May hopes to travel to Brussels this week to sign off on a political declaration on the future relationship between Britain and the EU. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

No preferential treatment for EU citizens after Brexit, UK prime minister says

 Theresa May reacts during a news conference at Downing Street in London.

Concern in Dublin for May’s prospects as ministers resign and MPs move to oust her

Hardline Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg praised the prime minister  before describing how she had broken her commitments on Brexit, while DUP MP Nigel Dodds dispensed with the weasel flattery. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

London Letter: Parliamentary arithmetic suggests deal will be defeated in December vote

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May battled against a rebellion over her draft Brexit deal on Thursday, as ministers resigned and members of her own party plotted to oust her. Photograph: AFP

‘My approach throughout has been to put the national interest first’

British prime minister Theresa May delivering a Brexit statement at 10 Downing Street on Wednesday. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Protocol on Northern Ireland provides backstop guarantee that will safeguard a soft border

UK prime minister Theresa May is still up against it. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

PM faces grim parliamentary arithmetic that offers no apparent route to victory

 Prime minister Theresa May preparing to make a statement outside 10 Downing Street  on Wednesday. Photograph:    Reuters/Henry Nicholls

Report claims 10 ministers spoke out against prime minister’s deal at cabinet meeting

  Steve Baker: “The Irish were asked twice, and by the time the Irish had been asked twice I was going through the roof.” Photograph: Getty Images

Former Brexit minister Steve Baker predicts if the deal is put to a vote in the Commons dozens of Conservative MPs will vote again(...)

 An anti-Brexit demonstrator outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Conservative Brexiteers said they would vote against the draft Brexit deal. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach and Tánaiste meet officials to discuss text agreed by negotiators

UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab leaves 10 Downing Street on Tuesday. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Support of attorney general and Brexit secretary crucial to prime minister’s strategy

The EU and the UK have reportedly agreed the main details of the withdrawal agreement. Photograph: Getty

Foster says NI trade rules being set in Brussels would be ‘democratically unacceptable’

British prime minister Theresa May speaking at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at the Guildhall in London on Monday night.  “The negotiations for our departure are now in the endgame,” she said. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Theresa May says speculation about an imminent breakthrough in talks is premature

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May at annual Lord Mayor’s Banquet in London: “Any deal must ensure we take back control of our laws, borders and money.” Photograph: Henry Nicholls

Downing Street given Wednesday deadline if Brexit summit to be held by November’s end

Brittish prime minister Theresa May at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in London, on Monday. If a Brexit solution is found, she must win the approval first of her cabinet and later of parliament. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

If there is no breakthrough by Wednesday evening a deal will have to wait until December 13th

Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom: “It must be capable for the United Kingdom to decide to leave that customs arrangement and it cannot be something the European Union can hold us to.” Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Conservative Brexiteers and pro-Europeans opposing stance on EU customs arrangement

DUP leader Arlene Foster with UK prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/PA Wire

May’s letter ‘raises alarm bells’ for those who value the integrity of the union, says Foster

British prime minister Theresa May, whose cabinet is expected to meet early next week to consider a draft Brexit agreement including a compromise proposal on the Border backstop. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Arlene Foster accuses British PM of breaking promises over proposal for Northern Ireland

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds. “Our position has always been and remains that we will not support arrangements that leave Northern Ireland separated from the rest of the United Kingdom and tied to the European Union’s customs or regulatory regimes.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Britain wants a UK-wide customs arrangement to be written into the legally-binding withdrawal agreement

Britain’s Brexit Minister Dominic Raab: admitted he underestimated the consequences of crashing out of the EU without a deal.  Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

Downing Street will seek a UK-wide customs backstop, which will alarm Brexiteers

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