• Theresa May’s hopes of negotiating a “deep and special” trading relationship with the EU have been dealt a fresh blow by leaked documents which emphasise that only a basic free trade deal similar to that struck with Canada will be offered. (The Guardian)
    • David Davis has warned against “putting politics above prosperity” in Britain’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU. In a speech in Berlin, the UK’s Brexit Secretary outlined his hopes for a deal that “allows for the freest possible trade in goods and services”. He also pledged that the UK would not engage in a “race to the bottom”. The EU says negotiations cannot move on to trade until questions about the UK “divorce bill”, citizens’ rights and Northern Ireland are resolved. (BBC)
    • Theresa May is struggling to keep her Brexit plans on course as she contends with a mutiny by pro-Europe Conservative members of parliament and the clock ticks on divorce talks with the EU. Bereft of a majority in Westminster and facing an EU demand for tens of billions of euros to unblock the Brussels talks, the UK prime minister is increasingly coming under pressure. (FT)
    • Theresa May has again slammed the brakes on the Brexit bill, as a growing Tory backbench revolt threatens to force her into another embarrassing U-turn. Crunch votes – including on the Prime Minister’s controversial pledge to put the precise date of EU withdrawal in domestic law – could be shelved until after Christmas. The move prompted a suggestion from the pro-EU campaign group Open Britain that the Government may be preparing further concessions. (The Independent)