• Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, has stated that Britain’s request to have an EU transition deal will only be discussed once the UK has settled “divorce” matters, including its exit bill. Barnier made the comments today as he arrived in Brussels ahead of the commencement of the fourth round of Brexit talks. Barnier said “transition can only begin once we have reached an agreement on an orderly withdrawal” and follows Theresa May’s Brexit speech last Friday in which she explicitly requested a two year transition period. (Financial Times)
  • The Home Office has sought to reassure EU citizens that they will not be fingerprinted or require ID cards post-Brexit; the comments come just weeks after a leaked registration document suggested new registration rules would apply. Senior officials also told activists who head the campaign group, “the3million”, that EU citizens already in the UK will not have to meet a minimum income threshold or have private health insurance to stay in the country after Brexit. However they were told that this was the Home Office position on EU Citizens already in the UK and not post-Brexit migrants. (The Guardian)
  • The Labour conference has voted to back the party’s official policy on Brexit after its national executive committee published a one-and-a –half page statement regarding the UK’s future relationship with the EU. The statement provides that: “Labour is clear that we need tariff- and impediment-free trading relationship with the EU. Labour’s priority is an outcome that puts jobs, living standards and the economy first.”Keir Starmer, Labour Secretary of State for exiting the European Union, was careful when commenting on Labour’s position on the single market, merely stating that the party would seek to build “a new, progressive partnership with the EU” that mirrored single market benefits. (The Guardian)