• EU scraps plans for Brexit summit statement on future trade deal: EU leaders have decided against making public a draft declaration on the bloc’s future trade deal with the UK and are set to rule out a November Brexit summit after Michel Barnier said the necessary “decisive progress” in the negotiations had failed to materialise. An outline of an agreement was due to be “on the table” at a summit dinner of leaders on Wednesday night, before which the prime minister is scheduled to address the 27 other EU heads of state. (The Guardian)
  • Brexit: ‘No optimism’ for summit breakthrough, says Donald Tusk: Donald Tusk has poured cold water on hopes of a Brexit breakthrough at Wednesday’s EU summit, saying the Irish border was still a sticking point. The European Council president said he had “no grounds for optimism” it would be solved at the summit. And he called on Theresa May to come up with “concrete proposals” to break the “impasse”. The prime minister told her cabinet a deal was within reach if the government “stand together and stand firm”. (BBC)
  • MPs throw weight behind fresh Brexit referendum as hundreds of thousands prepare for major demonstration in London: MPs from across the House of Commons have given their support to calls for a new Brexit referendum amid faltering talks with Brussels. Almost 20 MPs from the main parties spoke out on the need to give the British public the final say through a vote on the outcome of negotiations. It comes as hundreds of thousands of people prepare to attend the People’s Vote and The Independent’s March for the Future this weekend to push for a new referendum. (The Independent)