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Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the plenary of the European Parliament on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU during Brexit  debate  at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/PA

British opposition MEPs strongly appealed to the European Parliament and Council on Wednesday to “give us time” by granting another Brexit extension. (...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: “We await written proposals from the UK side. We simply haven’t seen any written proposals to date.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has discussed informally ideas about a replacement for the backstop with British ministers, he said on Tues(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney speaking to media at Government Buildings: ‘Of course there are conversations, as you would expect, exploring concepts, what might work, what won’t work.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has had informal discussions with British ministers about possible alternatives to the backsto(...)

Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel gestures during a news conference after his meeting with British prime minister Boris Johnson in Luxembourg. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

By the time Boris Johnson finally appeared before the assembled journalists, only then to retreat rapidly into an official car, we had been treated to(...)

Protestors hold signs as British prime minister Boris Johnson and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker have a working lunch. Photograph: Joshua Sammer/Getty Images

Talks in Luxembourg between Boris Johnson and Jean Claude Juncker failed to make any ground on the central challenge of the Northern Ireland backstop (...)

Priti Patel said  the Irish border issue had moved on from the backstop in terms of discussions with the EU. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire.

Two of Boris Johnson’s senior ministers have talked up the possibility of securing a Brexit deal through some divergence on the rules in Northern Irel(...)

Northern Ireland’s DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy Nigel Dodds leave from 10 Downing Street  on September 10th, 2019, where they met with Britain’s Prime Minister. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images.

DUP leader Arlene Foster has dismissed a report her party will offer UK prime minister Boris Johnson a lifeline to help him unlock a Brexit deal. A f(...)

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow: “What conceivable moral force do the public’s elected representatives have . . . to disregard a law enacted by parliament?” Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

Commons speaker John Bercow has warned Boris Johnson that parliament will not allow the UK to leave the European Union without a deal unless MPs (...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson onboard a lighthouse tender  on the river Thames. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Boris Johnson has said it is “absolutely not true” that he misled the queen over his reasons for proroguing parliament, after a Scottish court ruled t(...)

Ursula von der Leyen, the incoming president of the European Commission, said that Mr Barnier had done “an outstanding job. Photograph: Stephanie LeCocq/EPA

Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator and a key architect of a contentious plan to avoid the return to a hard Irish border, is set to stay (...)

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