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Chief EU negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier: has gently demolished Theresa May’s Chequers proposal. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

One of the most tumultuous fortnights in recent British political history ended on Friday with Theresa May doubling down on her opposition to the EU’s(...)

British prime minister Theresa May in Belfast on July 20th: her administration can resemble the final days of Brian Cowen’s chaotic, disintegrating government. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/WPA Pool/Getty

If, as Simon Coveney said, last week was a good one for Brexit with the Chequers deal, the resignations of the Cabinet Brexiteers and publication of t(...)

Theresa May delivers a speech at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, on Friday. The British prime minister challenged the EU to reply to last week’s British government White Paper. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the British prime minister Theresa May differed sharply on the Border backstop on Friday, with Mr Varadkar saying it was t(...)

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier chats with Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney ahead of a meeting at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

There is an urgent need to see progress on the Irish backstop in the next month, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said. S(...)

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier chats with Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, prior to the General Affairs Council meeting at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

The British Brexit White Paper is largely unworkable and raises fundamental questions for the European Union, Michel Barnier has warned. The EU’s chi(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

The Taoiseach’s confidence that preparations for Border controls in Ireland are unnecessary, regardless of whether the UK secures a Brexit deal or not(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arriving at Derrynane House, Kerry, for a special Cabinet meeting:   Ministers agreed to hire 1,000 additional customs and veterinary officials. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The European Union has reassured the Government that no physical checks will be needed on the Border even if the UK crashes out of the bloc without a (...)

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(...)

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