The high-stakes Brexit game

The issue of the Irish border derailed a divorce deal negotiated in Brussels this week before the agreement was brought back on course. What led to this muddle and where are we heading? Here’s the best of our comment and analysis

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Britain imagines it is an equal partner in the exit talks. But negotiations over its 1973 entry illustrate who has the upper hand

The negotiators’ agreed report sets out a default position — there is little that is locked out

The ratification of trade agreements cannot be contractually agreed, it is always political

May’s Brexit breakthrough

Leavers have found the negotiations chastening, but their commitment to exit remains sharp

Golding’s ‘The Spire’ offers eerie parallels with Britain’s withdrawal from the EU

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Brexiters’ false promises have dissolved on contact with the facts of economic life

The UK prime minister has to hold her party together through trade talks, writes Sebastian Payne

It will be hard to challenge an agreement rich in rhetoric but sparse in substance

The British predicament has deep historical roots  

The hurdles facing Britain’s manufacturers preparing for life outside the EU

Corbyn elected with a whopping majority would be bad for the City and for industry