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

  • The government has refused to comment on a leaked report branding its approach to Brexit as “chaotic”. The internal Irish government paper, obtained by RTÉ, documents EU figures’ scathing assessments of cabinet members such as Brexit Secretary David Davis. A Czech minister is quoted as describing Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson as “unimpressive”. The minister also warns of “political confusion” about the UK Government’s approach to leaving the EU. (BBC)
  • The City of London has said the UK government needs to do more to protect Britain’s legal services sector after Brexit if the country is to remain the world’s “jurisdiction of choice”. TheCityUK, which lobbies for financial and professional services firms, said that Brexit poses a threat to the primacy of English law to govern international cross-border trade and investment. The lobby group said in a report on Thursday that the government should therefore plan to join, or incorporate into UK law, a host of international agreements governing contracts and various dispute resolution mechanisms “as soon as possible”. (Financial Times)
  • The EU has banned UK cities from hosting the European Capital of Culture after Brexit despite the scheme being open to cities outside the bloc. Five British cities had been competing to host the prestigious 2023 title after finalising and submitting their final bids last month but their hopes were cut short on Thursday. A letter from Brussels to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said the UK’s inclusion in the competition “would not be possible”, the BBC reported. (Evening Standard)
  • Any Brexit deal “must work for Gibraltar”, Downing Street has said after Spanish government sources said the UK territory might be excluded from any transitional arrangement unless there is agreement over its future status. The issue of Spain’s longstanding claim over Gibraltar has threatened to become an obstruction to a Brexit agreement after the EU said in April the territory would remain outside any trade deal if there was no agreement with Madrid over its status. (Guardian)