European Union

Simon Coveney says EU will allow more time to agree ‘alternative solution’ to Irish border backstop

The EU is willing to extend a transition period after the UK leaves the bloc, Ireland’s foreign minister has confirmed, but warned that Britain must not renege on previous agreements to prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland.

Related: Brexit: Blair, Heseltine and Clegg urge EU leaders to extend article 50 to allow 2nd referendum – Politics live

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Angela Merkel

German chancellor’s concerns about competitive advantage emerge as major obstacle

Angela Merkel’s fears that the British economy could gain a competitive advantage through even a temporary EU-UK customs union after Brexit have emerged as a major obstacle to progress on the Irish border issue.

The German chancellor has been a major force behind the scenes in arguing such a deal cannot be nodded through in the withdrawal agreement; rather, there will need to be hard negotiations in the 21-month transition period once the UK has left the EU.

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Brussels

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs and the opening of the EU summit in Brussels

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Later today EU leaders will arrive in Brussels for what Donald Tusk, president of the European council, said would be a “moment of truth” summit. But the Brexit talks are deadlocked and it is not obvious (as was originally hoped) that this meeting would be a springboard towards a deal being clinched in mid November. If there is any truth that has emerged in recent days, it is that the EU aren’t just negotiating with Theresa May and Olly Robbins, but in effect with Arlene Foster and Sammy Wilson, and Jacob Rees-Mogg and Steve Baker too. Which isn’t making life easy …

Here is our summit preview story.

Related: Theresa May appeals to EU to keep Brexit door open

Our domestic debate is far from over and, even at this late hour, many of us are continuing to make the case that the British public need to make the final decision once we are in possession of all the relevant facts. So we ask our European partners to be ready to give us the space and time, if necessary, to make such a final decision. Until then, we of course respect their right to act on, and prepare for, the decision of the UK to leave until or unless that changes.

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Brussels

A new thinktank study says the cost of leaving the EU without a deal will be minimal. But Open Europe is looking at the destination, not the journey

The sudden flurry of activity in Brussels over the weekend served as a salutary reminder that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” when it comes to Brexit. Indeed, that seems to be true within the UK cabinet itself, since it seems that, one way or another, events in Westminster pulled the rug out from under the talks in Brussels. A painfully complex but potentially face-saving compromise to the vexed question of the status of Northern Ireland after Brexit appears to be farther away than ever.

Why would the EU limit the pain when its priority will remain satisfactory resolution of the withdrawal issues?

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Philip Hammond

Backbenchers are anxious about impact of universal credit rollout and years of austerity

Philip Hammond is planning to pepper his budget with a series of spending announcements to reassure Tory backbenchers who are anxious about the impact of universal credit and delivering on the prime minister’s pledge to end austerity.

The chancellor is understood to share fears that Theresa May’s promise at the Tory party conference to step up public spending had been interpreted too literally, putting pressure on the Treasury to announce giveaways later this month.

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America

We will be seen as a middle-sized, middle-ranking nation. Our wealth and security will be damaged. This will not be forgiven

Until now, every US president I have known has considered [the UK’s] relevance to America to be enhanced by our membership of the European Union. Yet very soon – on our current course – we will no longer be able to argue from within the EU for Anglo-American beliefs in free trade, open markets and strong defence. Our friends, the Americans, are hard-headed about power. It is romantic folly to think otherwise. Be in no doubt – if the UK can no longer serve America’s interests in Europe, she will look elsewhere for someone who can.

Our value – as an ally of America – will decline. No “ifs”, no “buts”: we will be less relevant. No one should be bedazzled by folksy talk of our “special relationship”: it is becoming less “special” year by year.

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Brexit strategy Prime minister

Prime minister asks cabinet to ‘stand together and stand firm’ day before crucial EU summit

Theresa May has won the backing of the cabinet for her Brexit negotiating strategy after a two-and-half-hour discussion that centred on concerns about when the UK could leave any customs backstop it signed up to as part of the EU divorce deal.

The prime minister called for political unity after the lengthy meeting, during which all cabinet members spoke, telling them a day before a crucial European summit that “if we as a government stand together and stand firm we can achieve this”.

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Brussels

Waiting to vote down Brexit agreement risks no-deal scenario, says Labour group

A group of Labour MPs is urging the party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to table a vote of no confidence in the government immediately, to expose the lack of support in the House of Commons for Theresa May’s Brexit strategy.

Labour’s policy is to wait and see whether May secures a deal with Brussels and then vote against it. If she loses that vote, according to a motion passed at the party’s conference, “all options are on the table” – including a general election, or failing that, another referendum.

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Good Friday

Adrian O’Neill says post-Brexit arrangement for open border is ‘crucial safety net’ to Good Friday agreement

Ireland has accused Theresa May of “backsliding” on Britain’s firm commitment to sign up to a backstop promise for the Irish border that would guarantee the open border remains after Brexit in the event of no deal.

Related: Theresa May chairs Brexit cabinet as EU says no deal ‘more likely than ever before’ – Politics live

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