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

  • The government will be forced to delay bringing the EU withdrawal bill back to the House of Commons for a second time, as it struggles to respond to hundreds of hostile amendments, Labour sources expect. MPs on both sides of the house had expected debate on the next stage of the complex bill to kick off next week – but the leader of the house, Andrea Leadsom, is now expected to confirm on Thursday that it will not feature in next week’s parliamentary timetable (The Guardian).
  • Is two years long enough for the transition period that Britain is seeking after departure from the EU in March 2019? Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, clearly believes it is and that the transitional period should last “not a second more”. However, Philip Hammond, the chancellor, has spoken of a transition lasting “up to three years” — and some business figures say it should be even longer (Financial Times).
  • Real wages across the UK declined for a sixth consecutive month in August. Growth in pay packets continued to lag behind a jump in inflation triggered by a dramatic fall in the pound since the UK voted to leave the EU. Official data today showed that basic wage growth was 2.1 per cent during the three months to the end of August, well below inflation (the Independent).
  • European Union leaders at a crunch summit dinner are set to rebuff Theresa May’s appeal for trade talks while they seek to publicly talk up her efforts in the Brexit negotiations because they fear that the prime minister’s domestic weakness will leave her unable to make vital concessions on Britain’s divorce bill (the Guardian).