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

  • Britain could still “change its mind” about Brexit at this late stage and return to be a member of the European Union, the two highest officials in the European Union have said. Speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, European Council president Donald Tusk said that Europeans’ “hearts are still open” to “our British friends” to remain in the bloc. “If the UK government sticks to its decision to leave, Brexit will become a reality, with all its negative consequences in March next year, unless there is a change of heart among our British friends,” he told MEPs. (Independent)
  • Draft EU documents would see full freedom of movement extended until the start of 2021. The UK would also need “authorisation” to stick with existing EU trade deals. The BBC’s Adam Fleming said the guidelines appeared to be aiming for a “business as usual” transition period”. The UK is scheduled to leave the EU on 29 March 2019 but to minimise the disruption to people and businesses the idea is to smooth the way to post-Brexit relations over 18 months to two years – which is referred to as a transitional or implementation period. (BBC)
  • Pro-EU MPs will attempt to force the government to reveal its legal advice on whether article 50 could be reversed, allowing the UK to potentially withdraw from the Brexit process. A cross-party group of about 20 backbenchers will try to pass an amendment to force the government to reveal its advice when the EU withdrawal bill returns for debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday. The MPs, supporters of the Open Britain campaign, led by Labour’s Chris Leslie and Chuka Umunna, said there had been a number of legal opinions so far showing that article 50 could be overturned. The government refuses to say what its lawyers believe, but maintains that article 50 will not be revoked as a matter of policy. (The Guardian)
  • MPs have voted against including the European Charter of Fundamental Rights in UK law after Brexit. A Labour amendment, tabled in the name of Jeremy Corbyn, sought to retain the provisions in the Charter but was voted down by 317 votes to 299. The EU Withdrawal Bill, which is currently in its report stage in the House of Commons, will transfer all existing EU law into UK law when Britain leaves the EU in March 2019. However, it includes several exceptions, including the Charter of Fundamental Rights. (Independent)