Please see below for today’s update on key Brexit news items:
- The NHS should receive the funds promised to it during the EU referendum, the head of the health service in England is expected to say. Simon Stevens, who is considered a moderate voice, is expected to make an unusually direct address to the Government at a conference in Birmingham by citing a key pledge touted by the Leave campaign (the Independent).
- It is “likely” EU leaders will give the green light for Brexit talks to focus on trade, at their meeting next month, the Irish prime minister has said. Leo Varadkar said this was his own belief rather than a forecast of any European Council decision (the BBC).
- The Government yesterday released a technical paper spelling out the details of a two-year grace period for EU nationals to apply for settled status once the UK leave the bloc so that they can continue their lives in the UK. The Parliament’s cross-party Brexit steering group however today said there were still “major issues” to be resolved while Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt criticised the “inadequate” proposal (the Independent).
- A leading Scottish Conservative has urged the UK government to compromise in its dispute with the Scottish government over the Brexit bill. Adam Tomkins said the bill will need to be amended in order to win Scottish government consent and must be delivered in a way that fully respects the devolution settlement (the BBC).