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UK prime minister Theresa May, whose Brexit “war cabinet” agreed a fragile compromise on a “Canada plus plus plus” model for Britain’s future EU relationship after eight hours of talks at her country retreat, Chequers, on Thursday. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Theresa May’s Brexit inner cabinet broke up last night after eight hours of talks, amid signs that the factions in her top team have stitched together(...)

British secretary of state for exiting the European Union David Davis was speaking in Vienna on Tuesday. Photograph:  Heinz-Peter Bader/EPA

David Davis’s speech in Vienna on Tuesday was an extraordinary hymn to supranational regulation from a veteran Eurosceptic who is in the vanguard lea(...)

Britain will on Tuesday seek to reassure the EU that it will not lower regulatory standards after Brexit, promising to lead “a race to the top” in glo(...)

Ministers clashed at Theresa May’s cabinet Brexit committee meeting. Image: AFP/Getty Images

George Parker in London and Alex Barker in Strasbourg British ministers have clashed over the future of the Irish Border, following pro-Leave MPs’ c(...)

Brexit: Tories in turmoil

From the outset, the Brexit talks have been hobbled by a fact that would undermine any negotiation: one side has no idea what it wants, much less how (...)

Brexit secretary David Davis welcomes the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier to Downing Street. Photograph: Hannah Mckay/Reuters

Britain cannot avoid trade barriers with the European Union if it leaves the customs union and the single market after Brexit, the EU’s chief negotiat(...)

Downing Street has ruled out involvement in a customs union with the European Union amid confusion over government policy as Theresa May prepares for a crucial week of talks.

Downing Street has ruled out involvement in a customs union with the European Union amid confusion over government policy as Theresa May prepares for (...)

British prime minister Theresa May ‘Dots the eyes’ of a dragon outside the British embassy in Beijing, China. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Familiarity is a distorting prism. All too easily the extraordinary becomes the unremarkable, the aberrant the commonplace. This is what has happened (...)

The UK joining the TPP would reinvigorate the body after the exit of the US last year. Photograph: iStock

The UK has held informal talks about joining a flagship Pacific trade group, in an audacious bid to kick-start exports after Brexit. The proposal, (...)

Michael Caine as Charlie Croker in ‘The Italian Job’.

Ask most English people for their favourite line from a movie, and they’ll do Michael Caine’s Cockney bark from The Italian Job when his sidekick has (...)

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