British  chancellor Philip Hammond. “If it could be done with Canada or the US…it could be done with the UK – the EU’s closest financial services partner by far.”  Photograph: Getty Images

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer will on Wednesday appeal to European Union states to abandon their resistance to including financial services in(...)

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s leader on Brexit,  welcomed as ‘reassuring’ what he saw as Ms May’s ‘re-confirmation of our December agreement on the Irish border’. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinksi/PA Wire

The charge of “cherry-picking” was still in the subtext of reaction in Brussels to British prime minister Theresa May’s speech on Friday. There was s(...)

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: Said there would be “no surprises” in the withdrawal agreement. Photograph:  John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier warned EU27 ministers on Tuesday that in the face of “plenty of differences” between the EU and UK, agreement on a (...)

Diane Dodds, a DUP member of the European Parliament, has criticised proposed North-South regulatory alignment after Brexit. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire.

The proposed Brexit Withdrawal Agreement represents an “intolerable interference” in the internal affairs of the UK, DUP MEP Diane Dodds has said. S(...)

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry: hinted Labour could back remaining in a European customs union after Brexit. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

One of Jeremy Corbyn’s closest allies has hinted that Labour is set to call for Britain to remain in the customs union after it leaves the European Un(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk speaks during a debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg,  on Tuesday. Photograph:  AFP

Suggestions in the UK that it should hold a second referendum on Brexit, a proposal with very little real prospect, prompted EU Council president Don(...)

An undated handout photo of burgundy and blue United Kingdom passports. Photograph: New York Times

Britain could have chosen to have blue passports while remaining a member of the EU, the European parliament’s chief Brexit co-ordinator has said, dis(...)

Britain’s Brexit secretary David Davis: claimed agreement to move on the Brexit negotiations were merely a statement of intent, but later tried to row back on the comments.  Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

David Davis’s claim that the UK’s concessions in an agreement to move on the Brexit negotiations were merely a statement of intent has damaged trust a(...)

An image from Kate Nolan’s exhibition Lacuna

When European parliamentary Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt visited the Irish Border a couple of weeks ago, news reports picked up on one particular(...)

A man faces off with a Spanish Civil Guard officer outside a polling station for the Catalan independence referendum in Sant Julià de Ramis, Spain. Photograph: Reuters/Albert Gea

Spain’s relationship with Catalonia was stretched to breaking point on Sunday, as the central government’s attempts to prevent a controversial indepen(...)

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