• Future UK-EU relationship report published: In this third report of its overarching inquiry into the Article 50 negotiations, the Exiting the European Union Committee sets out key tests by which any deal agreed by October 2018 must be judged. (Parliament.uk)
  • UK should not rule out free trade deal with Europe, say MPs: The influential Commons Brexit committee has urged the government to consider negotiating continued membership of the European Economic Area (EEA) or joining the European Free Trade Association (Efta) after the UK leaves the European Union. The Brexit secretary, David Davis, has previously ruled out both options, calling them “the worst of all outcomes”. However, the cross-party committee, in its report on the future UK-EU relationship, recommended that if negotiations on a “deep and special partnership” proved unsuccessful, EEA/Efta membership should remain an alternative. (The Guardian)
  • UK looks to former colonies to secure post-Brexit future: More than 6,500 athletes and officials gathered in Australia’s Gold Coast for the opening of the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday. For Brexit Britain, however, boosting trade with former colonies is as important as winning medals now that it is preparing to leave the EU. “This is a huge opportunity for the UK in the post-Brexit world to really help turbocharge the Commonwealth into being a vibrant group of countries,” said Jonathan Marland, a former Conservative party treasurer who is chairing a trade delegation at the games. “We all speak English, there is fundamental rule of law that underpins our activities and a number of the major countries — Australia, Singapore, Canada and the UK — are free-trading. So there is the basis of what I think could be a Commonwealth trade framework,” he said. (The Financial Times)