• Jeremy Corbyn tried to close down the issue of Brexit today by saying his party’s position was now “settled”. But he was unable to give a straight answer when asked repeatedly whether a Labour government would definitely take Britain out of the EU. (FT)
  • Theresa May today spoke with President Erdogan of Turkey. A spokesperson said that “the Prime Minister and President Erdogan welcomed the strength of the UK-Turkey trade relationship and reaffirmed their desire to explore the opportunities presented by Brexit.” (GOV.UK)
  • The number of people living elsewhere in the EU who applied for a British passport jumped by more than a third last year, as they sought to secure the right to live, work and be educated in the UK after Brexit. Figures compiled by the Passport Office show 13,070 people living outside the UK but inside the EU applied for their first British passport in 2016, up 35 per cent on 2015. This is more than double the rise between 2014 and 2015. The surge was particularly noticeable in July, the month after the Brexit referendum. (FT)
  • UK insurer Hiscox has announced it will set up a new European subsidiary in Luxembourg as it prepares for life after Brexit. The firm, which employs 1,200 people in the UK, has said that Luxembourg was selected for its “pro-business position, strong financial services experience and well-respected regulator”. The company said that all of its European business will be written though the new subsidiary. (Independent)