Wrapping up even a "bare bones" deal on the future relationship between the European Union and Britain will be fraught with complexity and, with so little time to get it done, a painful "hard" Brexit on 31 December cannot be ruled out, diplomats said.
UK leaders criss-crossed the country on the final day of campaigning ahead of Thursday’s (12 December) general election that remains tightly poised.
Nigel Farage has mooted the prospect of an election pact with Boris Johnson’s Conservative party, but only if the Prime Minister "summoned the courage" to pursue a no deal.
August is typically the month when Westminster goes silent and lawmakers go on holiday, leaving reporters to fall back on stories about the holiday plans of the royal family. This summer, with the Brexit date approaching fast, has been much more hectic.
Emmanuel Macron put the ball squarely in Boris Johnson’s court on Thursday (22 August), urging the UK Prime Minister to present detailed proposals to re-write the Irish backstop.
The controversial Irish border backstop should not be scrapped but instead bolstered by a protocol, according to a report published on Thursday (18 July) by an influential group of Conservative politicians.
The United Kingdom’s trade minister has dismissed as “naïve and unrealistic" the prospect of the country being able to use World Trade Organisation rules to continue trading with the EU after Brexit, in a rebuke to the plans of Boris Johnson, the likely next prime minister.
The UK’s Brexit minister has urged the EU’s Michel Barnier to have a reciprocal agreement guaranteeing citizens’ rights in the event of a No Deal Brexit.
The race to succeed Theresa May as the UK’s Prime Minister will be appropriately chaotic, light-years from the coronation that saw her replace David Cameron in June 2016.