Theresa May’s Cabinet gathered at her country retreat, Chequers, on 31 August to discuss preparations for talks on the UK’s exit from the European Union.

The Prime Minister told her senior team at the meeting to make a success of Brexit and reiterated that there would be no second referendum or efforts to remain a member of the EU ‘by the back door’.

The Chequers get-together was the first in a series of set-pieces over the next 12 months that will shape Europe’s future. From EU summits to national elections, referendums in Hungary and Italy and a possible change in leadership at the European Parliament, the Continent is facing a political year like no other.