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

Few at Westminster believe Theresa May has the numbers to win a majority for the withdrawal agreement on Friday. But her government hopes to frame the(...)

Lorries bound for Europe at Dover Port in Kent: 53 per cent of Irish goods exports with the rest of the world, not including Britain, pass through the UK in terms of volume. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Potential post-Brexit restrictions on Irish freight passing through the UK will be eased after Britain signed up to an international agreement coverin(...)

Effigies of UK politicians: ESRI says if the UK left leaves the EU without a deal, growth in Ireland may be cut to 2.6 per cent from an otherwise 4.2 per cent. Photograph: Andy Rain

A no-deal Brexit could almost halve Irish economic growth next year, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has warned. In its latest econ(...)

Comic capers: “The terms and conditions of Brexit now look like they were written by the Marx Brothers.” File photograph: Getty Images

Liechtenstein! As in the mountaintop microstate of 37,877 people. To appreciate the state that the whole Brexit project is likely to arrive at in(...)

Norway has large fishing and agricultural industries and forms its own policy over these sectors by remaining outside the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy or Common Agricultural Policy. File photograph: iStock

Why is the Norway model a potential option for the United Kingdom? “Norway” has been floated as a possible “plan B” for Brexit because of the level o(...)

Photograph: iStock

European car sales rose a marginal 0.6 per cent in May from the same month a year ago after posting robust growth the previous month, industry data sh(...)

Continuing reciprocal access to both EU and UK waters is seen as crucial by EU negotiators, who point to the joint management of around 100 shared fish stocks.  Photograph: Annie Sakkab/Bloomberg via Getty Images

“Any free trade agreement should be balanced, ambitious and wide-ranging . . . A level playing field must be ensured, notably in terms of competition (...)

Conservative MP Anna Soubry: said it was wrong to suggest that critics like her were trying to thwart the will of the people, insisting that she accepted that Britain is leaving the EU. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A number of Conservative MPs have joined the opposition in sharp criticism of legislation to facilitate Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. (...)

The UK government is trying to have it all its own way: maintain the benefits of the Customs Union while also using any transitional period to negotiate, but not finalise, its own free trade deals

Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, has told the British government the clock is ticking towards the March 2019 date when the UK will le(...)

The British chancellor Philip Hammond, left, and the international trade secretary Liam Fox have jointly stated that Brexit would mean the UK pulling out of both the EU single market and the customs union. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

The British government is this week expected to confirm that a customs Border between the North and the South is part of its proposals to leave the Eu(...)

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