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British prime minister Theresa May at the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels. The latest negotiations illustrate again, observers say, the political naivety that has characterised British Brexit diplomacy. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Imagine if the summit had agreed to Theresa May’s request. If the leaders had signed up to a legal declaration on the backstop that made clear it was (...)

European Council President Donald Tusk: Trying manfully to suggest that the EU summit was not simply preoccupied with Brexit. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

“A year ago,” Donald Tusk told journalists, “we promised concrete steps to strengthen the Economic and Monetary Union. Today, leaders delivered on thi(...)

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker talks to UK prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

“My country is in flames,” Bruno Le Maire told fellow finance minsters last week, imploring on them the necessity and urgency of measures that would s(...)

British prime minister Theresa May arrives for a meeting with European Council president Donald Tusk at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Theresa May’s government has promised MPs that the vote on her Brexit deal, which was postponed this week, will take place before January 21st next ye(...)

Lisbon treaty posters in Dorset Street, Dublin in 2008: initial objections centred on neutrality. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Reports from London and Brussels suggest that the British government will seek guarantees or declarations about the future of the backstop. There ar(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May in the House of Commons. Photograph: HO/various sources/ AFP

Brussels and European capitals will parse and deconstruct Theresa May’s statement to the House of Commons on Monday with great care. What will she be (...)

British prime minister Theresa May at Queen’s University during her visit to Northern Ireland on November 27th Photograph: Liam McBurney/ WPA Pool/Getty

Labour has accused Theresa May’s government of defying the will of Parliament by refusing to publish the full legal advice ministers received about th(...)

The declaration pledges to administrative co-operation in customs matters and mutual assistance, including for the recovery of claims and the exchange of information to combat customs fraud and other illegal activity

The UK has been promised a wide-ranging free trade agreement with the European Union, without tariffs or quotas, in a joint political declaration on t(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and British prime minister Theresa May before  their meeting in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

The word “backstop” gets only one mention. “The Parties recall their determination to replace the backstop solution on Northern Ireland by a subsequen(...)

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, left, delivers the draft withdrawal agreement to European Council president Donald Tusk. Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP

European Council president Donald Tusk on Thursday set November 25th as the date for a special EU summit to ratify the Brexit withdrawal agreement. Th(...)

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