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

  • David Davis will refuse to reveal any details about what Britain could pay towards a Brexit bill when European Union exit talks resume next week, it has emerged, a choice certain to inflame tensions with Brussels. The Brexit secretary has conceded that Britain has “obligations” from its 44 years of EU membership, but will not say anything about what they might be when he meets the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, in Brussels next week, according to a Guardian source. (The Guardian)
  • The EU has taken a swipe at the British Government’s lack of clarity in Brexit negotiations – accusing David Davis’s team of not having solid negotiating goals months after the start of talks. A European Commission spokesperson said there was still an “intra-UK debate” about what exactly Britain’s position was, despite the Commission itself having long set out a clear set of goals. (Independent)
  • Theresa May has insisted the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK will come to an end with Brexit. As the Government published new details of its position, the PM said the UK would “take back control of our laws”. However, in its newest policy paper, the Government does not rule out the prospect of the ECJ keeping its jurisdiction during the Brexit transition period that is planned after March 2019. (BBC)
  • Employers’ confidence in the UK economy has slumped, raising a “red flag” for the Government as it conducts Brexit negotiations, according to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation. In its latest survey, the industry body found that 31 per cent of employers now expect the economy to worsen and just 28 per cent expect it to improve. The net balance of -3 per cent was down from +6 last month. Despite this, employers are still looking to hire, with one in five planning to take on more permanent staff in the next three months, the REC found. (Independent)