• Research by the Financial Times has identified 759 separate EU bilateral agreements with potential relevance to Britain which may need to be negotiated just for the UK to “stand still” after Brexit. The treaties identified by the research cover trade with 168 countries in nuclear goods, customs, fisheries, trade, transport and regulatory co-operation in areas such as antitrust or financial services. (FT)
  • David Davis has said EU demands to protect its citizens’ rights in the UK are “ridiculously high” with just days to go until negotiations begin. The Brexit Secretary accused Brussels of playing hardball after European negotiators confirmed rights should be extended to all family members of EU citizens currently living in the UK. It comes after Theresa May reiterated her intention to walk away from the negotiating table with no deal if the EU does not give her what she wants. (Independent)
  • A second Scottish independence referendum should be held after the Brexit process is complete, Nicola Sturgeon has said, signalling a significant change in her party’s constitutional strategy. The first minister launched the Scottish National party’s general election manifesto in Perth, a key Conservative target, on Tuesday and side-lined her quest for a second independence vote in favour of an attack on Tory austerity. (Guardian)