Theresa May gives statement to MPs over state of Brexit talks – Politics live | Politics

11.23am EDT11:23 Labour’s Angela Eagle asks May if she agrees with Sammy Wilson that a no deal Brexit is almost inevitable. May says she is working for a good deal. 11.19am EDT11:19 Chris Leslie, the Labour MP, says May is dancing to the tune of the Tory Brexiters. Will May agree to respect any vote …

The DUP has its ‘blood-red’ line. Does Theresa May dare cross it? | Polly Toynbee | Opinion

As the Brexit war cabinet meets this evening, it may ruefully regard its £1bn bribe to the DUP as money badly spent. As the DUP breaks its promise to back Theresa May’s precarious government, does it really mean to bring her down, or is this its usual braggadocio? In cahoots, the Mogg-Johnson European Reform Group …

Pope begs forgiveness and vows to pursue justice in abuse scandal | World news

Pope Francis has said the church must be “firm and decisive in the pursuit of truth and justice” as the issue of sexual and institutional abuse continued to dominate his fraught two-day trip to Ireland. Speaking at the Marian shrine in Knock in the west of Ireland, the pope begged for forgiveness for the “scandal …

Brexit: UK cannot afford not to have a deal, says Irish government – Politics live | Politics

Quite early in the Brexit process Theresa May declared that no deal would be better than a bad deal. Critics in the UK said she was wrong (on the grounds that no deal would be a very bad deal indeed), this rhetoric was deemed unhelpful in Brussels, and for a while the government toned down …

Liam Miller: Irish sport body allows charity game for late Man Utd star – report | Football

Ireland’s Gaelic Athletic Association has reportedly relented following considerable public pressure and will now allow a charity game for the family of the late Ireland, Manchester United and Celtic star Liam Miller to be played in one of its stadiums. Miller died aged 36 from pancreatic cancer in February. The GAA is an amateur sporting …

The church brutalised Ireland. People have a right to protest the pope’s visit | Emer O’Toole | Opinion

In 1979, Pope John Paul II visited the Republic of Ireland, and approximately 2.7 million people – 79% of the population – came out to honour him. At the time, contraception, divorce, and homosexuality were illegal, and John Paul II was a god. On 25 August, when Pope Francis becomes the first pontiff to travel …

Barnier expresses serious doubts about May’s Brexit backstop plan but denies rejecting it fully – Politics live | Politics

1) First: Is this a workable solution to avoid a hard border? The UK recognises that the proposals in its paper cannot qualify as a backstop since the issue of full regulatory alignment is not addressed. I repeat that we need regulatory alignment to avoid a hard border. How do we solve this issue? 2) …

Senior EU leaders cast doubt on UK's Brexit backstop plan – Politics live

Michel Barnier joined by Guy Verhofstadt in questioning plan unveiled on Thursday. Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen Government Brexit backstop plan – Snap summary and analysis Barnier raises doubts about UK Brexit backstop plan 4.41pm BST This is from Bloomberg’s Ian Wishart. EU27 diplomat I spoke to described the UK’s …