The EU’s proposals to solve the Brexit Irish border issue are not “fair” and actually backtrack on what was agreed with the UK in December, the DUP have told the bloc’s chief negotiator in a face-to-face meeting in Brussels. Senior figures from the Northern Irish unionist party including leader Arlene Foster met with Michel Barnier on Tuesday to raise their concerns about the Brexit process, following his meeting with Sinn Fein on Monday. Speaking at a news conference following the meeting Ms Foster said that she had told Mr Barnier that “the draft EU legal text was not a faithful or indeed fair legal interpretation of the joint report from December”. (Independent)

The most recently retired British ambassador to the United States has described the prospect of a “generous” free trade deal with Donald Trump after Brexit as an “illusion”. Sir Peter Westmacott said he believed Brexit was bad for the country and was also damaging the nation’s standing globally because it was absorbing so much political and diplomatic attention. “Are we going to have an easy free trade agreement with America, I find it hard to see how it [Brexit] is going to be better than what we have at the moment,” said Westmacott, who served in Washington throughout the Obama period between 2007 and 2011. He was speaking amid the growing threat of a transatlantic trade war with the EU over Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium as well as European car imports. (The Guardian)

The High Court has refused to allow campaigners to bring a legal challenge about the government’s decision not to publish “secret” Brexit documents which give details of the likely economic impact of Britain leaving the EU. Molly Scott Cato, a member of the European Parliament, and Jo Maugham, a barrister, on Tuesday lost their attempt to bring a judicial review challenge centring on the government’s refusal to release a raft of Brexit-related documents to the public. The Brexit papers include studies looking at the impact of EU withdrawal on 58 sectors of the economy. The documents also include a Treasury report comparing the predicted economic impact of Brexit with the economic benefits of alternative free trade agreements. (Financial Times)

A cross-party group of British MEPs has warned Boris Johnson that he and other Brexiteers risk undermining negotiations with the EU and ruining Britain’s image abroad with their repeated use of violent war imagery when talking about Brexit. The Foreign Secretary has been sent a letter, seen by The Independent, from 20 British MEPs in six different parties, including Mr Johnson’s own. They argue that the casual use of the language of “war and conflict” to describe talks with the UK’s allies is “dangerous”, undermines negotiations and does “not promote an image of a deep and special relationship, but a hostile one”. Criticising “the language used by many senior politicians and much of the press”, the MEPs single out “terms such as ‘war cabinet’, ‘punishment’, ‘demands’, ‘blackmail’ and similar” – some of which have been used by the Foreign Secretary himself. (Independent)