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Brexit resignations: Boris Johnson and David Davis (with defence secretary Gavin Williamson, right) leave Downing Street. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

When Theresa May returned to her country retreat at Chequers on Friday, her plan for Brexit was under attack in the House of Commons, in the right-win(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May  with US president Donald Trump at Chequers. Trump said May’s plans for a soft Brexit would “kill” any hopes of a trade deal with the US. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters.

He’s not exactly known as a master of diplomacy but, even by his own very low standards, US president Donald Trump’s blistering attack this week on UK(...)

Shipping containers in Dublin Port. Photograph: Alan Betson

New customs and veterinary checks, staffed by hundreds of new officers, will be needed at Irish ports and airports after the UK leaves the EU, the Min(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May in Brussels during the Nato summit. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

The EU has repeated the mantra for some time. If the UK loses some of its red lines, it will not find the EU wanting. Flexibility will be possible, as(...)

Bashed car with a banner reading “For sale – but no one’s buying May’s Brexit banger” is driven around Parliament Square in London. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

The British government’s White Paper on Brexit adds detail to the proposal agreed at Chequers last week but it does nothing to change the likely respo(...)

“I have deep misgivings about what the government are proposing,” said former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith. Photograph: iStock

Theresa May has defended her plan for a soft Brexit following fierce attacks from backbench Conservative MPs, many of whom have threatened to vote aga(...)

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(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the British government was moving to “what the majority of people are looking for - which is a sensible, soft Brexit.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said that it has been “a good week for Brexit” and that the EU will now “try to accommodate some of the(...)

Leo Varadkar told Opposition leaders Brexit may form part of discussions in the informal EU summit in September. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that the EU could respond to the easing of the British Brexit position by showing “flexibility” in the negotiation(...)

Britain’s former foreign secretary Boris Johnson: his many critics will question his motives in stepping down, pointing to his long history of political opportunism and self-interest. Photograph: Toby Melville

Three days after Theresa May appeared to stamp her authority on her cabinet, two of her most senior ministers have resigned, destabilising British pol(...)

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