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Newspapers across the continent point to negotiated position as best outcome for both sides but time is running out

Heavily trailed as it was, the lack of progress at a summit once seen as make or break surprised few European newspapers. But many warned a no-deal Brexit was now looming – and doubted Theresa May had the domestic authority to avert it.

“Brexit is like Groundhog Day,” wrote Jean Quatremer, veteran Brussels correspondent of the French daily Libération. “For almost two years now, we’ve relived the same scene: one country ceaselessly presenting divorce terms that are entirely unacceptable to its soon-to-be-ex EU partners.”

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European Union

Senior figures stress that Theresa May is not about to sign up to Northern Ireland backstop

Theresa May continues to believe the EU’s proposal for avoiding a hard border in Ireland is unacceptable, senior UK officials have stressed, after a plan to consider an extension to the post-Brexit transition period raised fears she was about to sign up to a Northern Ireland-only backstop.

Related: Brexit: unpalatable truths for dinner at EU summit

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Brussels

It was supposed to be time for discussions into the night, but instead Merkel and Macron went for beers

It was the shortest leaders’ dinner veteran summit-goers could recall. The evening meal of pan-fried mushrooms, fillet of turbot and a trio of fruit sorbets was fairly wolfed down by the EU’s 27 heads of state and government around the oval dining table on the 11th floor of the lantern-shaped Europa building in Brussels.

Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron even had time for a post-prandial stroll on an unseasonably warm Brussels evening, before hopping in a car to the Grand Place’s Le Roy d’Espagne bar to join the prime ministers of Belgium and Luxembourg for a beer.

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Human behavior

We refuse to let politicians create a more isolated, insular nation and destroy our futures. We demand a final say

This Saturday, I will be among tens of thousands of young people marching on Westminster to call for a people’s vote on Brexit. For years, it was assumed we youngsters would not vote, would not take part in politics, and did not care. During this time, we were priced out of housing, had our tuition fees trebled, and were told to be grateful for the gig economy – because our failure to take part in democracy meant we did not deserve any better.

We are desperate for a politics in which we can engage meaningfully

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European Union

Prominent Brexiter Tories criticise PM after she said transition period could be extended beyond December 2020

Theresa May has come under attack from Tory colleagues after conceding the UK may have to remain tied to EU rules and laws beyond December 2020, in a bid to solve the Irish border issue.

Related: May says transition could be extended as senior MP says Tories ‘close to despair’ over Brexit – Politics live

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Brexit secretary

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Brexit developments at the EU summit in Brussels

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So, Theresa May got her chance to make a Brexit pitch to EU leaders last night and then they discussed it over dinner in her absence. Judging from the overnight reports, May’s EU counterparts seem keen to avoid a repeat of the Salzburg debacle and they have been avoiding saying anything too negative or critical about her offer. But it is clear that she did not have much to say to move the process forward. As Antonio Tajani, the president of the European parliament, said afterwards: “I was listening to Mrs May. It was the tone of someone who want to reach an agreement [but] there is no change in content.”

Here is the Guardian’s overnight splash with all the details.

Related: Theresa May signals willingness to extend transition period

We cannot find the money to fund our front line police properly. We cannot find the £2b for the vulnerable on UC, but we can mysteriously find billions to bung to the EU for the unnecessary extra year Clegg and Blair asked Barnier for to waylay Brexit??

This is serious.

.@andreajenkyns tells @Peston that any plan to extend the #Brexit transition is ridiculous and that if the PM can’t negotiate then we need to find someone else #Peston pic.twitter.com/LzfhasxsvF

If you can’t (or in the EU’s case won’t) resolve the backstop issue now because it’s an issue of principle than why will it take another 3 years to resolve it? Will it not be an issue of principle once we have coughed up billions more in UK taxpayers’ cash? #Article50 https://t.co/SMwhR3MNNb

I’m astonished to read this letter [the one from Dominic Raab, the Brexit secretary, to the Commons procedure committee, about the “meaningful vote”] because, leave aside the policy issues around this, this is about good faith. It’s about honesty, because one way of reading this is to suggest that the government is trying to renege on clear assurances that were given at the time both the House of Commons and the House of Lords approved the government’s approach.

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Prime Minister

Theresa May has suggested in Brussels she might extend the transition period – and several of the mastheads are not having it

News that Theresa May might be prepared to delay Britain’s departure from the EU until the end of 2021 has caused fury on the front pages of several newspapers today.

The Daily Mail is scathing: “Another year in Brexit limbo?”, asks the paper’s shrill headline, reporting that the “PM ‘could make UK wait even longer’ to avoid no-deal cliff edge (but we’d have to keep paying EU billions)”. The Mail says delaying leaving the bloc until the end of 2021 means it won’t happen until “five and a half years after the vote to leave”.

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Brussels

PM open to staying in customs union for longer but offered EU nothing new on Irish border

Theresa May has hinted that the UK could extend the Brexit transition period to allow more time for trade talks, but dismayed leaders at a crunch Brussels summit by failing to offer any new ideas to break the impasse over the Irish border.

In a development that immediately drew the wrath of Brexit supporters, EU officials said that the prime minister had suggested she was “ready to consider” a longer transition period in the hope of breaking open the deadlocked talks. Downing Street sources later said that such a move – during which the UK would abide by EU rules but have no say in them – had not been ruled out.

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Brexit

Government adopts ‘take it or leave it’ approach on final deal in letter to MPs

The Brexit withdrawal agreement must either be accepted or rejected by MPs and should not automatically be subjected to amendments, according to a letter and a memorandum released by the government.

Some MPs pushing for another vote on Britain’s membership of the EU were hoping to add an amendment. Brexiters also planned to use the opportunity to push for a Canada-style trade deal.

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London

Average UK prices rise 3.2% but sluggish London property market sees fall of 0.2%

UK house prices grew at the slowest rate in five years in August, in the latest figures to identify a growing divergence between a sluggish London property market and faster rates of growth other regions.

The average price of a UK home increased by 3.2% in the year to August, to £232,797, in the lowest annual rate of growth since August 2013, according to the figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Land Registry.

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