Xavier Bettel

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Luxembourg’s prime minister, Xavier Bettel, gestures to an empty podium as he speaks to the press after Boris Johnson  ducked out of a planned news conference pn September 16th. Photograph: Kilian Fichou/AFP/Getty Images

When two of its panellists failed to show up, Have I Got News For You famously substituted a tub of lard for the former Labour minister Roy Hattersley(...)

Invisible man: Boris Johnson fails to join Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel for a joint press conference. Bettel gestures to an empty podium. Photograph: Joshua Sammer/Getty

Image of the week: Empty podium It wasn’t the best of trips to Luxembourg this week for Boris Johnson, who failed to show up at a press conference on(...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

Michel Barnier, EU chief Brexit negotiator, at Government Buildings speaking to media following meeting. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It will be “dangerous” if British prime minister Theresa May requests an extension to the Brexit deadline without a clear plan on how to ratify the cu(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) with other EU leaders at the European Council summit in Brussels. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Everything revolves around the leaders. The 28 heads of government who comprise the European Union’s highest decision-making body, the European Counci(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council president Donald Tusk and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Photograph: Yves Herman/File Photo/Reuters

“Until April 12th, anything is possible,” European Council president Donald Tusk said of the Brexit process on Friday. Summing up the EU’s summit in (...)

British prime minister Theresa May  greets Malta’s prime minister Joseph Muscat: former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has said he would accept a deal with a time-limited backstop. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga

Theresa May hopes to convince the House of Commons on Tuesday to give her another fortnight’s grace to keep pushing for changes to the Irish backstop (...)

“After careening wildly to the right across a number of lanes, the former cabinet minister swerved left before stopping in the middle of the road.” Photograph: Getty Images

We were leaving a party in an inaccessible corner of central London and the former cabinet minister’s offer of a lift home was generous and welcome. W(...)

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