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Brexit negotiations are now expected to advance to the next stage which focuses on the transition period after Brexit takes effect in March 2019 and on the future EU-UK relationship. Photograph: Getty Images

The deal reached between the European Commission and the British government on Friday paves the way for a much softer Brexit than had been initially e(...)

 European Council president Donald Tusk delivers an acceptance speech after he was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Pecs in  Hungary. Photograph: Tamas Soki

After helping Britain move a little closer to the EU exit early on Friday, European Council president Donald Tusk flew east to focus on the future of (...)

British prime minister Theresa May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Friday. How May can resolve the contradictoins at the heart of her Brexit policy remains an open question. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Brussels is famous for its chocolate but, as the deal on phase one of the Brexit talks reminds us, it is also a leading producer of high-grade fudge. (...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May is welcomed by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

With the signing off on Friday by the UK and the European Commission on a joint summary of the Brexit divorce talks for approval at next week’s summit(...)

Deal means North will not be separated ‘constitutionally, politically, economically or regulatory from the rest of the United Kingdom’, said Arlene Foster. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster said in a statement on Friday “We cautioned the prime minister about proceeding with this agreeme(...)

British prime minister Theresa May attends a news conference at the European Commission building in Brussels on Friday. Photograph: Bloomberg

The final wording of the agreement between the UK and the EU negotiators preserves the promise of full regulatory alignment between North and South, a(...)

Will Brexit be a good thing for Britain? Well, there are  two chances. Photograph: Adrian Dennis /AFP

Image of the week: Boris bluster The UK’s foreign secretary (at the time of writing, which we will now be inserting into all references to the Britis(...)

 Britain’s secretary of state for Brexit  David Davis (left), Britain’s prime minister Theresa May (second left), European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (second right)and European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (right) meet at the European Commission in Brussels, on Friday morning. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said a deal reached this morning between the UK and the EU Brexit negotiating team contains a “politically bullet-proof” agreem(...)

British prime minister Theresa May may travel to Brussels on Friday to conclude a deal with commission president Jean-Claude Juncker if the Irish, British and EU teams can agree on language. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

The Irish and British governments were moving towards a new agreement on the post-Brexit border on Thursday night which would satisfy both Dublin and (...)

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont takes part in a pro-independence rally for Catalonia in Brussels on Thursday. Yves Herman/Reuters

Nearly 50,000 people marched through the EU quarter of Brussels on Thursday in support of Catalan independence and the region’s deposed president, who(...)

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