The future head of the European Commission said she would be minded to grant Britain an extension to talks on its exit from the EU if London gave good grounds, adding that an orderly departure was important to launch future ties on a good footing.
Sir Richard Branson has warned that the UK will be left near bankrupt in the event of a hard Brexit. He told the BBC he was absolutely certain that leaving the EU without a deal would lead to the closure of quite a few British businesses.
Irish President Michael D Higgins has said he shares the concerns of the country’s premier Leo Varadkar that there is a risk of a return to violence if a hard border is imposed post-Brexit. Mr Higgins said: “I do share the Taoiseach’s concern.”
UK government cabinet ministers raised concerns about potential compromises with the EU over Brexit at a No 10 meeting on Thursday. According to London media reports Liam Fox, Michael Gove and Dominic Raab expressed concern the whole of the UK could remain in the customs union for an open-ended period.
Taunts being made against Theresa May and “routine attacks” on her leadership by some Tory MPs are “completely unacceptable”, Sir John Major has said. The ex-PM called those challenging Mrs May “inexperienced”, adding that he felt “even more closely drawn” to her when he looked at the alternatives.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney will stay at the central bank an extra seven months until the end of January 2020 to help smooth Britain's departure from the European Union next year, finance minister Philip Hammond told parliament on Tuesday.
Conservative MPs opposed to Theresa May's Brexit plan have met to discuss how and when they could force her to stand down as prime minister. Around 50 members of the European Research Group (ERG) openly discussed how best you game the leadership election rules, a source said quoted by BBC.
The unpopularity of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, shown apparent by Thursday night, when protests started as soon as he landed in London for a meeting with the PM Theresa May. The US president, as the main event of his trip, will hold talks with the prime minister May and the new foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, at the PM’s Chequers country retreat.