• No-deal Brexit to fuel £1,500 rise in cost of EU car in UK, says motor trade: The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders warns tariffs would add £5bn to cost of 2.7m vehicles, with average price rising as much as £2,700 in EU. This intervention comes hard on the heels of a string of warnings by car makers operating in the UK, including BMW, Honda and Jaguar Land Rover. Honda said a no-deal Brexit would cost it tens of millions of pounds a year, while BMW revealed plans to shut down its Mini plant in Oxford for a month after the official exit date on 29 March in 2019. (The Guardian)
  • Brexit Chequers plan will need to be ‘reworked’, says Donald Tusk: EU leaders strongly disagree with a central proposition in Mrs May’s Chequers plan that Britain should participate in some parts of the single market — including manufactured goods and agriculture — but not in others. But Mr Tusk, speaking ahead of an informal European Council meeting in Salzburg, said Mrs May’s compromise proposals did mark “a positive evolution of the UK’s approach” and showed a willingness to minimise the “negative impacts of Brexit”. (The FT)
  • Theresa May signals rejection of revised Barnier plan on N Ireland: Theresa May has indicated she will reject a revised offer from Michel Barnier, EU chief negotiator, intended to defuse the row over the Northern Ireland border that has bedevilled Brexit talks. Mr Barnier said on Tuesday he was “ready to improve” his plan for the so-called Irish “backstop” — a guarantee to ensure there is no return to a hard border in Ireland if EU/UK talks on a future trade deal fail to solve the issue. (The FT)
  • Rejection of Theresa May’s Brexit plan could trigger second referendum, admits Treasury minister: Mel Stride, a Treasury minister has admitted that a fresh Brexit referendum is on the cards, if the prime minister’s deal is thrown out. He said: “I suspect those to the right of the party, the pro Brexit wing, will be very concerned that – if that deal doesn’t prevail – they’ll end up in a situation where we could have a second referendum and we could end up not leaving the EU altogether. The comments appeared to be an attempt to put pressure on pro-Brexit Tories to accept the Chequers proposals –but they have also undermined Theresa May’s efforts to convince the EU that her no-deal threat is real and provided the People’s Vote campaigners with additional ammunition. (The Independent)
  • Belgium to demand British cash for migrant policing from Theresa May at Salzburg summit: Belgian media reports that Charles Michel, the country’s PM, will ask Theresa May for a budget contribution similar to the one Britain already pays to France. The backdrop to the latest demand is an ongoing political row in Belgium about so-called “trans-migrants” – who are increasingly travelling through Flanders on their way to the UK. (The Independent)