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The biggest difficulty   was the UK and EU agreeing on a way to avoid the return of a hard Irish border. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP

What has just happened? The European Union and United Kingdom have agreed the draft of a withdrawal agreement covering the terms of Britain’s departu(...)

 Brexit secretary Dominic Raab leaving 10 Downing Street in London after Tuesday’s cabinet meeting. He led a discussion of government preparedness on a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

Theresa May told her cabinet on Tuesday morning that there was still a “small number of outstanding issues” to be resolved for the UK and Brussels to (...)

 Chinese premier Li Keqiang, Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe and German chancellor Angela Merkel, who delivered a blistering critique on Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ vision.   Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

Fifty one EU and Asian leaders on Friday sent out a defiant alternative vision championing global co-operation and commitment to common international (...)

European Council president Donald Tusk and Britain’s prime minister Theresa May talk after a group photo-opportunity  in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The security checks at Heathrow Airport are divided into three lanes: the United Kingdom and Ireland, Europe, and then International. Brexit metaphors(...)

British prime minister Theresa May arrives for the European Council summit in Brussels. There is backing  for the idea of extending the UK transition period by a year – although the UK would have to ask for it. Photograph: EPA

There are EU summits which take decisions. They are, after all, the supreme decision-making authority of the union. And there are those consigned(...)

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Rome after a meeting with Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday. Photograph:  Riccardo Antimiani/ANSA via AP

Hints that the ground may be shifting, albeit incrementally, in the Brexit negotiations were given by EU negotiators on Monday when a key European Com(...)

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 (...)

Brexit campaigner Jacob Rees-Mogg: “I have consistently said this is about changing the policy, not the prime minister.” File photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

Leading Tory eurosceptic MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has called on prime minister Theresa May to repudiate the December agreement with the EU on the Northern I(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: because of “turmoil in Westminster”, the Government will step up plans for a “no-deal scenario”. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

There is growing alarm in Dublin and Brussels that the British government is stepping back from, or will be unable to carry out soft Brexit positions (...)

Anti-Brexit, pro-EU supporter Steve Bray holds placards on Abingdon Green across the road from the Houses of Parliament in London on Monday. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

Britain is nearing the final straight of Brexit. At 11pm local time on March 29th, 2019, the UK is scheduled to leave the bloc. But still to be decide(...)

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