Dublin rejects UK stance on clinching Brexit deal (FT)
- Dublin has rejected Boris Johnson’s suggestion that Britain could agree a broad Brexit deal with the EU next month but sort out some of the details covering the Irish border after leaving the bloc. Simon Coveney, Ireland’s deputy prime minister, stressed that Dublin wanted the Irish border question put to rest now.
- Mr Johnson and Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, are set to meet next week on the margins of the UN general assembly meeting in New York.
Transport shortlist drawn up to boost no-deal Brexit freight capacity (FT)
- Eurotunnel, Brittany Ferries, P&O and Stena are among transport companies on a UK government shortlist to provide up to £300m of additional international freight capacity in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
- Ministers are preparing to award contracts to ensure that the supply of crucial medicines and food can continue to reach the UK in any circumstances. The government will now hold “mini competitions” to see which companies on the shortlist can provide the best service and price — with a deadline of early October.
- The initial contracts, which will run from October 31, will focus on ports away from those, such as Dover, Folkestone, Calais and Dunkirk, which are expected to experience the most disruption. The extra capacity framework will run for four years.
Brexit secretary: EU and UK share common purpose (BBC)
- Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has said the UK and EU share a “common purpose” in reaching a new withdrawal deal, after a meeting in Brussels with chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier. He added that more “technical” discussions would happen next week.
- Mr Barnier said “lots of work has to be done in the next few days” and that any proposal to replace the backstop “must reach all the objectives of the backstop”.
Fresh Brexit talks row as UK asks EU to keep its proposals secret (The Guardian)
- Downing Street’s secrecy over its Brexit proposals has caused a fresh rupture in the negotiations in Brussels.
- The row has been sparked by a British demand that the EU’s negotiating team not distribute the three “confidential” papers to Brexit delegates representing the EU’s 27 other member states. The papers include discussions on:
- the use of technology and trusted traders’ schemes to facilitate customs checks away from the Irish border and the joint surveillance of the market in manufactured goods to ensure substandard goods do not enter the single market;
- the need for an all-Ireland sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) or agrifood zone; and
- discussions on the scope of such a zone.