• EU leaders have ruled that Britain must pay up to secure future trade talks. According to a leaked statement drafted by Donald Tusk, the heads of the EU states agreed the UK had not made “sufficient progress” on the withdrawal divorce terms. However Conservative MPs have demanded Theresa May make no further concessions (The Independent)
  • The Brexit negotiations are in a “very disturbing state of deadlock” over Britain’s divorce bill but decisive progress before Christmas is still within reach, the EU’s chief negotiator has said. Michel Barnier told reporters during a joint press conference with the Brexit secretary, David Davis, that he would not be able to recommend to EU27 leaders at a summit in Brussels next week that “sufficient progress” had been made to allow talks over future trade relations to begin. (The Guardian)
  • The Commons Speaker, John Bercow, has said MPs have the right to attempt to block Brexit using the parliamentary process, rather than feeling obliged to vote in line with the referendum result. Speaking to the Hansard Society, Bercow said it was an “opinion, rather than a constitutional fact” that MPs were obliged to vote through Brexit because of the referendum result. (The Guardian)
  • The House of Commons Library has published a detailed briefing paper on Brexit: civil judicial cooperation (the Paper), pulling together a number of views expressed to date:
    • The Law Society considers the UK government’s post-Brexit proposals to be a “step in the right direction” and, whilst acknowledging that there is still much work ahead, is encouraged that the government has listened to solicitors’ concerns.
    • The Chair of the Bar Council, Andrew Langdon QC, welcomed the UK government’s position but said that “the devil will be in the detail”.
    • The Institute of Directors has noted that “The success of Brexit will depend on such seemingly technical details as cross-border judicial cooperation”. (House of Commons Library)