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

  • David Davis, the Brexit secretary, has said he “could live with” a 21-month transition period as Britain leaves the EU. He made the concession, demanded by commission negotiators, with EU talks in Brussels a week away. Davis told BBC Newsnight: “I’m not bothered too much about the question of whether it is Christmas 2020 or Easter 2021.” He said that getting a deal at next week’s council was “more important to me than a few months either way”. (The Guardian)
  • Nicola Sturgeon has said she believes the stalemate with the UK government over its Brexit bill can be resolved. Scotland’s first minister was speaking as she left talks with Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street. The pair have been at loggerheads over what happens to powers in devolved areas when they return from Brussels after Brexit. Ms Sturgeon said the differences between them were “not insignificant, but neither are they insurmountable”. (The BBC)
  • Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch group, said on Thursday that Brexit played no part in its decision to choose Rotterdam over London for its single legal base, as it sought to minimise political fallout from its biggest structural change in 89 years. Paul Polman, chief executive and a critic of Brexit, said of the year-long review: “I can categorically say that it has nothing to do with Brexit.” Both the UK and the Netherlands were “highly attractive investment planets”. (The Financial Times)