Please see below for today’s update on key Brexit news items:

  • A leaked Home Office document has revealed that the intention is to end free movement “in its current form”. It proposes that post-Brexit all newly arrived EU migrants will lose their rights to live permanently in Britain and will have a maximum two-year permit unless they are highly skilled. The document suggests that a new UK immigration policy for EU migrants could include numerical caps on those working in lower-skilled jobs and restrictions on family members that migrants can bring with them to live in Britain. It is proposed to keep current light-touch border checks for EU nationals and all newly arrived EU migrants will be required to register for a biometric residence permit after three or six months. (Guardian)
  • David Davis has admitted that the differences between the UK and EU over the Brexit divorce bill remain significant and that the two sides had “very different legal stances” over what was owed. He said the talks were proving “tough and at times confrontational” but that he hoped they could be widened to open dialogue on trade after October. David Davis updated MPs on the most recent round of talks and stated that “concrete progress” had been made over the summer relating to rights of British expats in the EU to access healthcare and over the future of the Irish border. He described the UK’s approach to the negotiations as “much more flexible and pragmatic” than the EU’s. (BBC)
  • The International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has admitted that his department has told countries seeking a free trade agreement that it lacked the “capacity” to pursue them at present. He stated that instead the UK would seek to adopt pre-existing EU trade deals with those countries after Brexit until they could be updated. Liam Fox noted that the fact that requests were coming in to strike new deals with the UK was a sign of the global appetite for liberalising trade with the UK. He stated that the aim was to “provide continuity as we leave the EU but then to move to more bespoke and more liberal agreements when we are able to do so”. (Independent)