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The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Poland and the UK were the targets over the weekend of two legal cases initiated by the European Commission, the timing of which will cause some polit(...)

Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern signing the Belfast Agreement in 1998. Photograph: Dan Chung/Reuters

According to the well-known model created by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, the first three stages of grief are denial, anger and bargaining. In their approac(...)

British prime minister Theresa May makes a defiant statement on Brexit negotiations from Downing Street. Photograph: WPA Pool/Getty Images

Theresa May has accused EU leaders of driving Brexit negotiations into an impasse by rejecting her Chequers proposals and making unacceptable demands (...)

EU leaders were not impressed with Theresa May rehashing the UK’s “red line” conditions and needlessly setting new ones, by effectively saying it was Chequers or nothing. Photograph: Jack Taylor/AFP/Getty Images

So, any progress this week on progress towards a deal on Brexit? Eh, no. In fact, the stalemate in the negotiations has become even more stale. The (...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May makes a statement on Brexit negotiations with the European Union at  10 Downing Street. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Reuters

The Brexit talks have come to the crunch. Perhaps this was inevitable but it is deeply worrying that the key problems evident for many months have yet(...)

British prime minister Theresa May looks back following an EU leaders’ group photo on the second day of a summit in Salzburg, Austria. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The prospect of an agreement between the EU and the UK on Brexit before time runs out on the process is as far away as ever after a fractious EU summi(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May arrives for a family photo during the European Union leaders informal summit in Salzburg. Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Reuters.

It is clear from the Salzburg summit that the Irish Border issue is now at the very centre of the Brexit talks. The summit was so tense largely becaus(...)

 Theresa May and Leo Varadkar attend a bilateral meeting during the informal summit of European Union leaders in Salzburg, Austria on Thursday. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

The UK needs to put detailed proposals on the backstop on the negotiating table urgently, the Taoiseach told the British prime minister today. Time w(...)

British prime minister Theresa May, in Salzburg, Austria, on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg

“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart European leaders’ travelling roadshow pitched up on Wednesday (...)

Political signs of attempts to reach a deal will give sterling support. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/File Photo/Reuters

Sterling has gained some ground in recent weeks on reports that the UK and the EU are making ground in the Brexit talks. But, at just under 89p agains(...)

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