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 …

Brexit: emails show DUP readying for no deal as Davis urges mutiny | Politics

Theresa May has been told that the DUP leader, Arlene Foster, is now “ready” to trigger a no-deal Brexit and regards this as the “likeliest outcome” following a “hostile and difficult” exchange with the EU’s chief negotiator, an explosive set of leaked government emails reveal. Meanwhile the former Brexit secretary David Davis has said May’s Brexit plans are …

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 …

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 …