European Union

Plans for draft agreement to be set before this week’s meeting ditched after failure to agree on Irish border

EU leaders have scrapped plans to discuss and publish a draft declaration this week on the bloc’s future trade deal with the UK after the derailment of the talks over the Irish border, in a blow to Theresa May.

An outline of an agreement was due to be “on the table” at a summit dinner of leaders on Wednesday night, ahead of which the prime minister is set to address the 27 EU heads of state.

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Andrea Leadsom

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Theresa May is chairing a cabinet this morning where ministers will the Brexit negotiations and the deadlock between the two sides. For some around the table it will be their second major discussion on this within 24 hours because they attended last night’s “pizza summit”, an informal meeting of the Brexiter caucus organised by Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons. Cabinet colleagues have discussions with each other all the time,” said No 10 yesterday, playing down the significance of the gathering. But it is highly unusual for the cabinet to split into factions that organise like this so openly in such a way as to challenge, or at least constrain, the prime minister.

As a reminder of what’s at stack Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, released his invitation letter to EU leaders ahead of this week’s EU summit. In it he said the prospect of a no deal Brexit was “more likely than ever before”. He said:

The European Council will start on Wednesday evening with a debate on Brexit. I have invited Prime Minister May to address the EU27, giving the UK government’s assessment of the negotiations. Later at 27, we will decide on how to take the negotiations forward, on the basis of a recommendation by our chief negotiator, Michel Barnier. As you remember from Salzburg, we wished for maximum progress and results that would lead to a deal in October. As things stand today, it has proven to be more complicated than some may have expected. We should nevertheless remain hopeful and determined, as there is good will to continue these talks on both sides. But at the same time, responsible as we are, we must prepare the EU for a no-deal scenario, which is more likely than ever before. Like the UK, the commission has started such preparations, and will give us an update during the meeting. But let me be absolutely clear. The fact that we are preparing for a no-deal scenario must not, under any circumstances, lead us away from making every effort to reach the best agreement possible, for all sides. This is what our state of mind should be at this stage. As someone rightly said: ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done.’ Let us not give up.

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Prime minister faces criticism from both leave and remain supporters as well as DUP

Welcome to the Guardian’s weekly Brexit briefing, bringing you the top stories of the week in Brexitland arranged in a way that might – with luck and a following wind – allow you to make some sense of them.

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Angela Merkel

Brussels’ Brexit policy has always been clear. We’re in this mess because British politicians never took it seriously

At every step of the Brexit process, there has been a reliable way to predict what the European Union will do. This technique yields top intelligence on the motives of the key continental players. It is devilishly simple, too. The trick is to listen to what they actually say.

The inevitable dynamic of the negotiations was spelled out even before the referendum result was known. Angela Merkel described it, three weeks before polling day. The German chancellor was reluctant to intervene in domestic British debate, understanding that anything she said would be seized upon by the leave campaign as proof of meddling by beastly foreigners. (And in paranoid Eurosceptic folklore, none are beastlier than the Germans.)

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European Union

PM to seek cabinet support before calling on EU leaders to drop backstop proposal

Theresa May faces a frantic 48 hours to try save her Brexit negotiating strategy after she admitted talks had ground to a halt because of the EU’s insistence upon a Northern Ireland backstop.

The prime minister is expected to plead with EU leaders to drop their Irish backstop proposal at a make or break summit dinner on Wednesday night, after seeking the support of members of her cabinet on Tuesday morning.

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Keir Starmer

Jeremy Corbyn tells Labour MPs in private meeting to hold firm to party position

Jeremy Corbyn told Labour MPs on Monday night to hold firm to the party’s position on Brexit, calling it a “false choice” that they had to vote for Theresa May’s final agreement or risk a no-deal outcome.

Both Corbyn and the shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, came to address the private meeting of Labour MPs and peers, amid speculation that up to 30 MPs would consider voting for any final Brexit deal brokered by May, because of concerns both about the backlash from Leave constituencies but also because of the no-deal risk.

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Degrees of comic self-delusion were the backdrop to a prime minister on full Maybot

First as tragedy, then as farce. And when that’s exhausted, all that’s left is a third-rate village pantomime. Brexit can make fools of the cleverest people, so has a field day making fools of fools. As a general rule when you haven’t got anything to say, it’s best to say nothing. But Theresa May is now so hopelessly crushed and disorientated, she felt obliged to come to the Commons to give a statement on what hadn’t happened. She hoped this made her sound as if she was still in control of the negotiations, but only proved she wasn’t.

“Cool, calm heads are needed,” the prime minister began. Apparently in all seriousness. So that’s it. We’re screwed, as there wasn’t a cool, calm head on view. Just varying levels of panic, disbelief, anger and comic self-delusion. May pressed on. The government had made real progress in the negotiations, by managing to agree what needed to be negotiated. These days you have to be thankful for small mercies.

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David Davis

The prime minister will have to tell the Brexiteer bullies to put up with a Norway solution or shut up, and let the people vote

Theresa May’s week began with an early-morning visit to a loneliness charity. She needed its help in parliament today, stymied still by intransigence on the Brexit backstop. She will need it tomorrow, with half of her cabinet toying with self-serving resignations. David Davis’s rebel cry at the weekend urged them to rise up against her and “exert their collective responsibility”, but around that table it’s every man and woman for themselves, each eyeballing the others for fear someone else might make some grandstanding demarche. This improbable crew commands our fate. Never in living memory was Britain worse governed.

Related: Brexit: EU insistence on Northern Ireland backstop unacceptable, May tells MPs

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Donald Tusk

German chancellor’s comment comes as European council president Donald Tusk says no deal is ‘more likely than ever before’

Angela Merkel has spoken of growing difficulties in striking a Brexit deal as the European council president, Donald Tusk, warned that a no-deal scenario was “more likely than ever before”, following the latest derailment of talks over the Irish border.

Related: May tells MPs UK and EU aren’t ‘far apart’ as she insists UK must be able to terminate Irish backstop – Politics live

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