• Following the Sunday Times’ coverage of Baker McKenzie’s report on the implications of the UK defaulting to WTO rules after Brexit, Ross Denton has been interviewed on the detail of the report by Bloomberg Radio (audio clip attached).
  • Theresa May pledged to “renew the British dream” in a party conference speech that was overshadowed by an interruption from a prankster and a prolonged coughing fit that left her struggling at times to deliver her message to party activists. (Politico)
  • Theresa May has assured the Tory faithful she is willing to crash out of EU without a deal – and is making preparations for this eventuality. (The Independent)
  • Continuing uncertainty over the economy in the wake of the Brexit vote has been blamed for a shock fall in construction activity. September’s figures mark the first time since before June 2016 the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) has slumped to 48.1, below the 50 mark that separates growth from contraction. (The Week)
  • Scotland’s Brexit minister believes there is a “pretty strong” chance Britain will leave the European Union with no deal, but that the UK government could collapse before then. Michael Russell said the devolved pro-independence Scottish administration is trying to prepare for Brexit, despite Scots having voted against it, but possible outcomes are “legion”. (US News)