• European Council President Donald Tusk has said that Brexit talks would “become impossible” if arguments continued and “emotions get out of hand”. The warning came after Prime Minister Theresa May accused European politicians of making “threats” against Britain to try to influence the general election result. The intervention by Mr Tusk is part of a concerted effort to defuse the tension between Brussels and London. BBC News.
  • Councils along the Irish border have said they will work together to ensure their common concerns are addressed during Brexit negotiations. A report stated that some of the weakest economies in Ireland are along the border and these are the areas most in need of protection against any negative impacts of Brexit. BBC News.
  • Lord Kerr, the diplomat who helped draft Article 50, has said that the UK faces a “45% chance of crashing out of the EU with no deal”. He also criticised the uncertainty about who will lead Brexit divorce talks, stating that this is “a very real problem”. Kerr also said the British government had made “a very large negotiating mistake” by not making the EU an early offer of the closest possible cooperation on foreign policy, counter-terrorism and intelligence sharing. The Guardian.
  • Phillip Hammond has said he will fight a plan to curb London’s dominance in clearing euro-dominated transactions, stating that this would risk economic growth and stability across the entire continent. The EU’s proposals have been widely viewed as an attempt to force the UK clearing houses to move across the Channel or submit to regulation from Brussels. The Independent.