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

  • Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, has said the ECJ should have the power to fine the UK following its exit from the EU. A position paper produced by Barnier’s EU Brexit taskforce has stated that the ECJ should have the power to fine both the UK and the EU for breaches of any future agreement on citizens’ rights or the terms of the UK’s divorce bill. The paper suggests that the two sides should establish a joint committee to initially deal with any clashes, but that the agreement should then provide for an effective mechanism of ECJ supervision. (The Guardian)
  • A leaked European Commission analysis of Theresa May’s proposal on citizens’ rights after Brexit has suggested that she has not offered the certainty being sought by Brussels. The Commission’s assessment has highlighted a series of problems that would need to be negotiated away, including the requirement for all those seeking to stay in the UK to apply for settled status, which under the current wording may extend to children. (The Guardian)
  • The Labour Party has refused to back an amendment put forward by one of its senior peers criticising Theresa May for pulling Britain out of the single market. Labour instead backed a motion calling for a Brexit deal to deliver “the exact same benefits as the United Kingdom currently has as a member of the single market”. (Independent)
  • A new government advisory group has been set up to give higher priority to companies’ concerns in the Brexit negotiations. The group will be led by chancellor Philip Hammond, business secretary Greg Clark and Brexit secretary David Davis. It will hold fortnightly meetings involving, among others, representatives from the Institute of Directors, the British Chambers of Commerce, the CBI, the Federation of Small Businesses and the EEF. (Financial Times)