• Labour: Don’t rule out Remain option in Brexit vote says Starmer – Sir Keir Starmer, Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary stated at the Labour conference that if a general election was not possible “then other options must be kept open” including “campaigning for a public vote”. Labour has not ruled out voting in favour of a deal brought back by Theresa May from Brussels, however Mr Starmer stated it must meet the party’s six tests in order for this to happen, which he thinks is unlikely. (BBC News)
  • EU and non-EU migrants to get ‘same status’ after Brexit – After meetings with the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) a statement has been released from Downing Street saying “Once free movement is brought to an end, the government will be able to introduce a new system which works in the best interests of the UK – including by helping to boost productivity.” Multiple reports suggest the cabinet has accepted many of MAC’s suggestions in a report released last week, including lifting the cap on high-skilled migration and limiting the number of low-skilled workers allowed into Britain post-2019. (Sky News)
  • Irish companies stockpile goods in UK to counter no-deal Brexit – Irish companies are moving to stockpile goods in Britain to safeguard supply chains as deadlock between the UK and EU pushes them to sharpen plans for a no-deal Brexit. Ireland’s annual trade with Britain is worth about €65bn, exposing its economy and thousands of businesses to heavy fallout if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. But Irish companies are facing a tightening market for warehousing as retailers in Britain take more storage space to capitalise on the boom in online sales. (FT)