• Theresa May has warned European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker that he is about to find out how much of a “bloody difficult woman” she is. It comes after a German newspaper reported that in the wake of a meeting with the Prime Minister, Mr Juncker phoned Angela Merkel and said Ms May lives “in another galaxy” and is “deluding herself” over Brexit. (Independent)
  • The UK will not enter into “a briefing war” with the European Commission over Brexit talks, Tory sources have said. EU sources claimed UK misunderstanding of the talks process, and ignorance about how Brussels works, could lead to no deal being agreed on the UK’s exit. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the reports were “tittle-tattle”. She said the emergence of the reports was “not the right way” of negotiating, but the UK was committed to negotiating in “good faith”. (BBC)
  • The first Evening Standard under George Osborne’s editorship reported that relations between Downing Street and Brussels plunged further downhill today after the European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator openly mocked the Prime Minister. Guy Verhofstadt mimicked Theresa May’s election slogan of “strong and stable leadership” on Twitter and implied she did not understand the complexities of the Brexit negotiations. He tweeted: “any Brexit deal requires a strong & stable understanding of the complex issues involved. The clock is ticking – it’s time to get real.” (Evening Standard)
  • The UK nuclear industry has issued its strongest warning yet to ministers on the problems it faces if the government is unable to strike new international atomic power deals during Brexit talks. Failure to put in place alternative arrangements to replace the existing European nuclear treaty, Euratom, which the UK is quitting as part of the article 50 process, would have a “dramatic impact” on Hinkley Point C and other new power stations around the country, the industry said. (Guardian)