Theresa May said that no UK prime minister could “ever” accept new EU proposals that could keep Northern Ireland under the bloc’s rules, as she hit out at Brussels’ first draft of a Brexit treaty. Speaking after the commission released a 120-page draft withdrawal text, the prime minister said the contingency plans for Northern Ireland would, if implemented, undermine Britain’s common market and “threaten its constitutional integrity” by creating a customs and regulatory border between the province and the rest of the UK. “No UK prime minister could ever agree to it,” she told the House of Commons, adding that she would make her refusal “crystal clear” to Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president. (Financial Times)

Theresa May has conceded that new EU migrants who come to Britain during the Brexit transition will have the right to settle permanently in the UK, in a major climbdown over future residency rights. The concession, slipped out in a Brexit policy paper by the Home Office, also makes clear that new EU migrants who arrive after March 2019 will be given a five-year temporary residence permit, not the two-year one that was previously proposed by ministers. The policy paper does, however, make clear that new EU migrants who come to live and work in Britain after the transition period gets under way will not have the same rights after the Brexit transition to bring family to join them as EU nationals already resident in Britain who have secured “settled status”. Instead, they will have to pass a minimum income threshold test, which is currently set at £18,600 for British but not EU citizens. (The Guardian)

The ex-prime minister argues that MPs must vote with their “own conscience” on whether the deal on offer will leave the UK better or worse off. And, in a speech in London, he said they could decide on a new referendum. Leading Tory backbencher and Brexit backer, Jacob Rees-Mogg, said Sir John had been wrong on Europe in the past “and he is getting it wrong again”. “We had a democratic vote, the decision has been taken and what he is trying to do is overturn that,” he told BBC News. Speaking to the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Sir John insisted he was not “targeting” Theresa May and he genuinely wished her well in getting the best deal for Britain.(BBC)

The European Commission’s draft withdrawal agreement for Brexit was published a few hours ago. The intended deal will address only the arrangements for withdrawal, including transition. The future trade, security and other relationships between the EU and the UK will be the subject of other intended agreements. It is too soon for anyone to have digested all the detail of the document, and indeed it may be weeks before some of the implications of the provisions become clear. That is the nature of complex legal instruments. But, at this stage, there are some observations to be made about the draft itself and how it may affect the wider process of the intended departure of Britain from the EU. The first thing to say is that it is a welcome development that there is a draft in existence. We are almost one year on from the Article 50 notification and nearly two years on from the referendum. Much of the discussion on Brexit has been in general, even strident terms. Now there is something more substantial to focus on, and to argue about. (Financial Times)