Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said if the UK moved on its red lines of ruling out membership of the customs union and single market, the EU position would also evolve.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Government cannot shift on the issue of avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Mr Varadk(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk:  “If a deal is impossible, and no one wants no deal, then who will finally have the courage to say what the only positive solution is?”  he tweeted. Photograph: AFP Photo/Ludovic Marin/Getty Images

There were expressions of regret and concern in Brussels that a no-deal Brexit looms larger in the wake of Tuesday’s Commons vote. EU Council preside(...)

James Mattis, US secretary of defence: his decision to quit  came after the US president Donald Trump confirmed he is ending all US military operations in Syria and Afghanistan. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Europe responded with a mixture of panic, disorientation and frantic steps to limit the damage after the resignation of US defence secretary James Mat(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with Britain’s prime minister Theresa May in Berlin on December 11th, 2018. Photograph: Odd Andersen

Jean-Claude Juncker started the day in Strasbourg telling MEPs there was “no room whatsoever for renegotiation” of the Brexit withdrawal treaty. “The (...)

Anti-Brexit campaigners stand the Labour conference in Liverpool. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Everywhere at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool, bags and lapels carried stickers proclaiming “Bollocks to Brexit”, a sentiment shared by the o(...)

Hungarian leader Viktor Orban   at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The government in Budapest is accused of  multiple breaches of the rule of law, corruption,  discrimination against minorities, and its refusal to take in migrants. Photograph: EPA/Patrick Seeger

Hungary will not be blackmailed by MEPs, prime minister Viktor Orban told a heated European Parliament debate on Tuesday, adding that “if necessary we(...)

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the EU had offered the UK an “ambitious” free trade agreement and co-operation on a wide range of issues, including a “strong security partnership”. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Suzanne Lynch The European Union will assess the “workability” of the White Paper published by the British government today, Brexit negotiator Miche(...)

Polish supreme court president Malgorzata Gersdorf walks to the court building, surrounded by supporters, in Warsaw on Wednesday. Photograph: Maciej Jazwiecki/Agencja Gazeta via Reuters

Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki faced passionate attacks against Warsaw’s judicial reforms on Wednesday as a leading judge defied her forced (...)

Trade hiccups: EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström speaks with Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation Heather Humphreys at a Brussels meeting on Tuesday. Photograph: John Thys/AFP

Image of the week: Trade tensions They could have been talking about anything, of course, but there’s something about Heather Humphreys’ face in this(...)

European Union negotiator Michel Barnier visiting to the EU subway station in Sofia: talks of the Belfast Agreement as a European agreement. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

When Michel Barnier visits Derry on Wednesday as part of his tour of Ireland, the city will just have celebrated the launch of a new four-year project(...)

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