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The UK cabinet is perceived to be divided between those who want Britain to set its own regulatory course after Brexit, and those   who favour remaining in close alignment with the EU

Theresa May will tell MPs today that the UK intends to negotiate and sign new trade deals during a transition period after it leaves the European Unio(...)

 Austrian chancellor to be Sebastian Kurz of the conservative People’s Party (ÖVP). “We’ll fight for our interests, for our views, but in the EU we will respect decisions.” Photograph: Getty Images

European far-right leaders have cheered the return to power in Austria of one of their own: the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ). On Saturday the populis(...)

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond attends the UK-China Economic Financial Dialogue  in Beijing on Saturday. Photograph: Getty

British finance minister Philip Hammond said on Saturday morning it is likely Britain will want to negotiate a bespoke arrangement for a future trade (...)

 Donald  Trump: In the US, communities that were hollowed out by globalisation and robotics voted for a man whose simple answer to their problems was to Build A Wall. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/EPA

What do members of Islamic State do for a living? It’s an odd, even tasteless question. But in 2009 two social scientists published a paper entitled (...)

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable put the kibosh on Irish fantasy. Photograph: Gary O’Neill

There is a view that the most delusional faction in the Brexit process is not, as most would see it, the noisy rump of Tory Brexiteers with their over(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his negotiating team can take heart from the EU27’s solidarity on Brexit, as demonstrated by the prioritisation of Irish issues to date and the insistence that those issues will remain a distinct strand in phase two. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA
Brexit: now comes the hard part

European Union leaders concluded their summit in Brussels yesterday by celebrating an important milestone that moves the United Kingdom closer to the (...)

To some in Brussels the UK’s decision to quit the EU has been eclipsed by the reform agenda set out in September by French president Emmanuel Macron

To the person running an industrial business in a mid-sized German town, the fate of the Irish Border post-Brexit will naturally be of considerably le(...)

Christmas jumpers mean Christmas jumpers: Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne / Reuters

Image of the week: Waxit Promising that “Christmas Means Christmas” by means of some surprise jumper-based unity are UK prime minister Theresa May (a(...)

It never rains but it pours: Ireland is facing the double whammy of Brexit and the impending overhaul of US tax policy. Photograph: iStock

With the biggest overhaul of US taxation in three decades and the small matter of Brexit waiting for us in 2018, it would be remiss to think it’ll be (...)

Anti-Brexit protesters demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

The timetable for negotiating Brexit will be “very compressed” following Wednesday night’s defeat for the government in the House of Commons, Brexit s(...)

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