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Summary

  1. Tory vice-chairs Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield resign
  2. They are latest to go because of cabinet's Brexit plan
  3. President Trump refers to UK 'turmoil' ahead of visit
  4. Earlier PM Theresa May chaired her new-look cabinet
  5. Jeremy Hunt succeeded Boris Johnson as foreign secretary
  6. Matt Hancock succeeded Hunt as health secretary

Live Reporting

By Andy McFarlane and Gavin Stamp

All times stated are UK

  1. Tuesday recap: Cabinet meeting and more Brexit exits

    We are drawing the curtains on the live page. It's been a busy day, so here's a recap on the main developments.

  2. Merkel: Good to have UK proposals on table

    Angela Merkel welcomes the UK's Chequers agreement, saying it is a "good thing we have proposals on the table".

    The German Chancellor says the remaining 27 EU members will agree a "common response" once it has seen the detail of the official UK position.

    But she says progress is being made and repeats her stance that her country wants as close links as possible with the UK after Brexit.

  3. May: Much to discuss with Trump

    Theresa May at the Western Balkans summit

    Theresa May is asked about Donald Trump's claims that the UK is in turmoil, ahead of his visit on Thursday, and whether the US President is a real fan of Boris Johnson.

    The PM does not comment directly but says she is looking forward to Mr Trump's visit, saying there is "much to discuss".

    She says the special relationship with the US is the UK's deepest and longest security and defence alliance.

    The two leaders, she adds, will talking about how to use this to benefit the UK and US but also enhance the wider good.

  4. Interesting shoe line-up at Western Balkans summit

    But who do these shoes belong to?

    Shoes
    Shoes

    The answer: British Prime Minister Theresa May, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama and Montenegro's Prime Minister Dusko Markovic.

  5. May: UK 'not retreating' after Brexit

    Theresa May is now speaking at the conclusion of the Western Balkans summit in central London.

    She says claims that, as a result of Brexit, the UK will be "retreating" from its role as a guarantor of peace in the region and on the continent as a whole are completely wrong.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now speaking. Brexit is almost certain to crop up during questions.

  6. Bradley: 'Handing Corbyn keys to No 10'

    Ben Bradley MP

    In his letter resigning as a Tory vice-chair, Remain voter Ben Bradley writes that he was persuaded to back the Brexit vision because of the "immense opportunities that are available from global trade, and for the ability for Britain to be an outward looking nation in control of our own destiny once again".

    But he complains: "I fear that this agreement at Chequers damages those opportunities; that being tied to EU regulations, and the EU tying our hands when seeking to make new trade agreements, will be the worst of all worlds if we do not deliver Brexit in spirit as well as in name.

    "Then we are handing Jeremy Corbyn the keys to Number 10."

  7. Call for People's Vote rejected by MPs

    MPs have decisively rejected Liberal Democrat calls for a "People's Vote" on the final Brexit deal.

    A Commons motion put forward by Sir Vince Cable's party was defeated by 299 votes to 13 in Parliament.

    Aside from nine Lib Dem MPs, the other MPs to support it were Green Party leader Caroline Lucas and Plaid Cymru's three MPs.

  8. Tory peer: 'It's Chequers deal or no deal'

    Conservative peer Lord Finkelstein, a close friend of David Cameron, takes issue with some of the arguments made by Ben Bradley or Maria Caulfield in their resignation letters. In short, he seems to be saying the UK has a choice between the Chequers compromise or no deal.

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  9. 'Bad deal for country and party'

    One of Maria Caulfield's main objections had been to the backstop agreement for Northern Ireland - that's the customs arrangement designed to avoid a "hard border" - which she felt was "neither necessary or constructive for the future prosperity of the UK".

    "The policy may assuage vested interests but the voters will find out and their representatives will be found out," she wrote in her resignation letter as Conservative vice-chair.

    "This policy will be bad for our country and bad for the party. The direct consequences of that will be Prime Minister Corbyn."

  10. Resignation letters

    Here are the letters sent by Conservatives Maria Caulfield and Ben Bradley relinquishing their posts as party vice chairs.

    The resignation letters of MPs Maria Caulfield and Ben Bradley
  11. More on Bradley and Caulfield exits

    Maria Caulfield

    Some more detail about the two Tory MPs who have quit their party posts.

    Ben Bradley is MP for Mansfield, having become the first Conservative ever to win the Nottinghamshire seat in 2017.

    Maria Caulfield has been MP for Lewes in Sussex since 2015.

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  12. Barnier: UK's 'red lines' limit options

    Michel Barnier speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York

    The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, speaking in New York, added that many models of co-operation with Brussels were available to the UK, including a "Norway" deal, "Norway plus" or an "ambitious" version of the Canada deal, and that each deal had "its own balance of rights and negotiations".

    However, he said the UK's current red lines meant they were "closing the door" to many different types of co-operation.

  13. Barnier: 80% of withdrawal deal agreed

    Michel Barnier in New York

    Michel Barnier, who's leading Brexit negotiations on behalf of Brussels, has said there is accord on 80% of the UK withdrawal agreement and that the European Union was ready to start working on an "ambitious free trade arrangement" with the UK.

    Speaking in New York, Mr Barnier said that negotiators still needed to find a solution to prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland.

    In response to recent resignations in Westminster, Mr Barnier said he had a "very cordial and frank relationship" with David Davis and had met "many people with different views" during the course of the negotiations.

  14. BreakingTwo Tory MPs quit posts over Brexit

    Tory MPs Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield are resigning from their posts as Conservative vice-chairs in protest at Brexit policy.

  15. Dissent among Tory Brexiteers?

    Alex Wickham, news editor of the Guido Fawkes politics site, has tweeted a series of intriguing messages said to have been posted in the WhatsApp group of the European Research Group, which is generally regarded as strongly pro-Brexit.

    Its members have "split into two factions: those supporting and those opposing Theresa May’s deal", he writes.

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