Brexit: Cross-party talks to continue amid impasse – BBC
- Talks between the government and the Labour Party will continue later, as they try to break the Brexit deadlock.
- Sources indicated the PM had not accepted Labour’s customs union demand in a document sent to Labour outlining its latest position, but there was a move towards changing the non-binding political declaration.
Brexit bill passes committee stage – BBC (follow the announcements live here)
- Meanwhile, the House of Lords is continuing to examine a bill brought by Labour MP Yvette Cooper, which aims to force the PM to request a Brexit extension rather than leave the EU without a deal.
- As the Brexit bill has passed committee stage, the Lords now have an hour to put down any further amendments for the report stage of the bill.
- The Third reading is expected later this evening.
Customs union ‘most likely outcome’ of Theresa May-Jeremy Corbyn talks, admits Robert Buckland – The Independent
- In remarks that risk further inflaming tensions in the Conservative Party, the solicitor general Robert Buckland insisted his party needed “to compromise” to salvage Brexit.
- As talks between Labour and the government entered a second week, Mr Buckland told BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour a customs union will bring an end to freedom of movement and amounts to delivering on the “vast majority of the aims of Brexit”.
Barnier says that the EU would refuse trade talks with the UK in the event of no-deal unless the UK agreed to address the backstop
- Following the talks in Dublin, Barnier stated that Britain must accept all EU rules and obligations “until the end of the transition” in order to secure an agreement.
- He indicated that the EU would be happy to offer the UK a customs union if that were the outcome of the cross-party talks in London.
- Finally, Barnier stated that he was confident that the EU and Ireland could find “operational solutions” to the border issue in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
- Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, said Ireland was “open” to extending article 50 at the emergency EU summit on Wednesday.
- While Ms Merkel is seen as generally supportive of Mrs May, Downing Street is concerned about Mr Macron’s much tougher approach to the UK’s continuing membership of the EU.
- It is understood that Mr Macron wants to attach conditions to any extension of the Article 50 exit process to stop Britain derailing sensitive decisions over such issues.
- For Ms Merkel, the priority has long been to ensure a managed and agreed Brexit. By contrast, Mr Macron has told other EU leaders that it may be best to get Brexit over with quickly rather than let Westminster hold the other 27 member states hostage.
- Theresa May will also try to persuade her French and German counterparts tomorrow that the UK won’t seek to obstruct EU legislative and governance processes during a prolonged Brexit extension.