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

  • The EU has rejected Britain’s calls for a more “flexible” approach to Brexit talks, amid growing signs of deadlock over the divorce bill. In a sign of mounting frustration, Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, suggested that Brexit talks were being held up by the UK’s decision not to publish a position paper on the financial settlement. “To be flexible you need two points, our point and their point,” Barnier told reporters. “We need to know their position and then I can be flexible.” (The Guardian)
  • The European Union will not step back “one millimetre” from defending the rights of EU citizens during Brexit negotiations, the president of the European Parliament has said. Antonio Tajani said EU citizens in Britain were “still facing as much uncertainty now as they did when the British government formally triggered Article 50 in March”. Brussels has insisted that citizens’ rights, as well as the issue of the Northern Ireland border and how much Britain owes the EU, must be settled before talks on trade and the future UK-EU relationship begin. (Independent)
  • The former Conservative leader William Hague has said Britain will get a worse deal when it leaves the EU because of the result of the general election. During an interview with Radio5 Live, Lord Hague said the government’s position had been “weakened” by the upset, in which Theresa May lost her already slim majority and retained power only through a deal with the DUP. (City AM)
  • Theresa May has arrived in Japan in a bid to lay the ground for future trade relations and to showcase British business. The Prime Minister said she wants Japan’s EU trade deal to also form the basis of a new agreement with the UK after Brexit, but was immediately accused by opponents of overplaying her chances of success. Labour claimed the trip had been organised because Ms May had been “spooked” by early decisions of firms, including a Japanese investment bank, to quit the UK, while the Liberal Democrats said the trip underlined the “absurdity” of the Government’s Brexit strategy. (Independent)
  • Brexit brings risks of food shortages if the UK does not resolve issues around customs processes, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has warned. While the UK has outlined its vision for customs arrangements after Brexit, the retail trade body said it was still waiting for crucial details. It said European supply chains were “key” to delivering everyday goods. (BBC)