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Live Reporting

Paul Seddon, Richard Morris, Harriet Agerholm and Katie Wright

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all... for now

    Today, the big news is that Theresa May travelled back from Brussels after the emergency summit among EU leaders last night to agree a further delay to Brexit.

    She faced anger from some in her own party in the Commons, those who favoured leaving without a deal, while some on the Labour benches applauded her for putting country over party.

    The PM confirmed that another referendum has not been offered in talks with the Labour Party.

    That's it! MPs are now in recess and will return to Parliament on 23 April.

  2. Europe 'must listen to DUP concerns about backstop'

    Press Association

    Arlene Foster holds a news conference after a meeting with Michel Barnier in Brussels

    Europe needs to listen to unionist concerns about the Irish backstop, Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster has said.

    In a meeting in Brussels, Mrs Foster told the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier unionists in the region opposed the Withdrawal Agreement because of the mechanism.

    Afterwards, she warned that the UK and EU would move "inexorably towards a no-deal scenario" unless changes to the backstop were made.

    Mrs Foster says the EU has ignored the views of unionists on the issue, and has instead been influenced by the pro-backstop lobbying of Irish nationalists.

  3. Welsh secretary urges MPs to back Theresa May's deal

    Press Association

    Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns arrives at Downing Street

    Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns is blaming Brexit uncertainty on those who voted against the government's withdrawal agreement.

    He hopes the Easter break will be a time of reflection by MPs, he says.

    "I was most disappointed that Parliament didn't get a majority for the withdrawal agreement because even opposition parties had expressed support for elements of it," he says.

    "The country wants to draw a line under this, the country wants to move on to new investments and new opportunities.

    "Therefore I think it's incumbent on MPs to recognise the outcome of the referendum but do so in a smooth and orderly way."

  4. IMF boss: Article 50 extension will hurt economy

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    Video caption: IMF boss: Prolonged Brexit uncertainty would have negative impact on economy

    The further extension to Article 50 will hinder growth in the UK economy, the head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde tells the BBC.

  5. Brexit talks with Labour will not continue 'for sake of it' - No 10

    Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer and shadow business secretary Rebecca Long Bailey

    The government's Brexit talks with Labour could end by the European elections on 23 June, Downing Street is suggesting.

    Discussions between the government and Labour are continuing today and a ministerial meeting is scheduled to take place on Friday.

    But a No 10 spokesman says the talks won't continue "for the sake of it".

    "We have stressed the urgency because there is an opportunity to avoid European parliamentary elections and to bring a resolution so that businesses and people have greater certainty," he tells the Press Association.

    "Bluntly, we won't continue to talk for the sake of it."

    If talks fail, the next step would be to put options before MPs in another series of votes, the spokesman says.

  6. 5 Live in Blackpool: 'It's just a bit unsettling really'

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Nikki and Chris

    BBC Radio 5 Live reporter Rowan Bridge is in Blackpool. He's been speaking to Nikki and Chris from Glasgow who are on a day trip with their two children. They both voted Remain.

    Nikki says: "We're left really uncertain about our future, the future for our kids and future generations and it's just a bit unsettling really."

    "Nothing's really been agreed and we're not getting any further forward, so I've not really got confidence that it will be resolved, but you never know, they might surprise us.

    "[Theresa May] is not giving me much confidence so far, but we'll wait and see how things go."

    Chris says: "I think it's a shambles... There's just been arrogance from the start and I'm really disappointed in all the parties.

    "I don't really see an end point... I think we'll probably have to go back to a second referendum.

    "I wouldn't be confident that there's going to be a breakthrough just with an extension."

  7. Watch: What the EU's latest Brexit plea means

    If you're catching up...

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    Video caption: Here's what Donald Tusk had to say about the delay to Brexit (and what it actually means).

    Brexit's been delayed until Halloween. Here's what the President of the European Council Donald Tusk had to say about the delay (and what his speech actually means).

  8. UK 'out of time' to avoid elections

    Sir John Curtice

    Polling expert Sir John Curtice says it should be assumed the UK will take part in European elections as it has run out of time to agree a deal before the deadline.

    The prime minister has told MPs that backing her deal would mean there was no need for European Parliament elections – which take place on 23 May.

    But Sir John, professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde, tells the BBC: “That three-week timetable - which is what she’s effectively got - looks terribly, terribly tight.”

    He adds: “It doesn’t look as though there is long enough to complete the whole process by which we are going to withdraw from the EU by 22 May and for all practical purposes we should now assume that the European parliamentary elections are going to happen.”

  9. How Brexit could change the gigs you go to

    In case you need a break from Westminster...

    Gig-goers at a show

    Newsbeat looks into how British and EU musicians may cope with extra costs and stricter border controls after Brexit.

    How Brexit could change the gigs you go to

    Gig-goers at a show

    How Brexit could change the music business - for good and bad - as described by those working in the industry.

    Read more
  10. Commons hears statement on arrest of Julian Assange

    House of Commons


    Julian Assange
    Image caption: Julian Assange was arrested this morning

    That's the statement from May on the EU summit last night finished, it lasted about two hours.

    The Commons is now hearing a statement on the arrest of Julian Assange.

  11. Cable not taking cross-party talks seriously

    Sir Vince Cable

    Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable says he would be “absolutely amazed” if the government and Labour managed to achieve a consensus over Brexit.

    He tells the BBC it was necessary for Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn to take part in cross-party talks following the deadlock in Parliament but he doesn’t “take them terribly seriously”.

    He adds: “It serves both their purposes but I would be absolutely amazed if they came to an agreement.”

    He also backs Mrs May to continue as Tory leader, saying "it's not clear that anybody in the Tory party could do it any better".

  12. Labour MP: I'm prepared to make 'big climbdown'

    House of Commons


    Rupa Huq

    Labour's Rupa Huq says she is prepared to allow the PM's deal to pass, as long as the "small rider" of a "ratificatory referendum" is attached to it.

    Waving some previous election literature, she says this would be a "big climbdown" for her given what she has said on the matter so far.

    Theresa May replies that holding another referendum would simply create "further division" and not allow people to move on.

  13. PM 'lacks normal courtesies when speaking to DUP'

    Political editor of the Spectator tweets:

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    The government is relient on a confidence-and supply agreement with the DUP in the House of Commons.

    But the Northern Irish party, which wants changes to the backstop, has repeatedly said it will not back Theresa May's Brexit deal.

  14. What will new Brexit deadline mean?

    Rob Watson

    BBC political correspondent

    Theresa May

    It is a longer delay than Prime Minister Theresa May asked for, but shorter than most EU leaders wanted.

    So what will happen next?

    With the clocking ticking again, Mrs May wants Parliament to finally agree on the UK's withdrawal from the EU preferably before 23 May, to avoid the UK taking part in elections to the European Parliament.

    Her plan is first to try to get a cross-party agreement with the opposition Labour Party.

    If that fails, there could be a series of votes in Parliament on alternatives to her deal, such as holding a second referendum. But agreement has so far proved elusive, so it's entirely possible the UK will be back where it started at the end of extra time.

    Read Rob's more detailed analysis here

  15. Former minister calls on PM to show flexibility

    House of Commons


    Alistair Burt

    Conservative MP Alistair Burt, who resigned to vote against the government over Brexit, calls on the PM to be as "flexible as possible" when it comes to alternatives to her deal.

    He calls for "free votes" in Parliament to determine which of those alternatives commands the most support.

    Theresa May replies that the government is working with Labour to find a compromise that could get through the Commons.

    If this is not possible, the government will work to "take votes forward" to identify a majority opinion in Parliament.