• The EU has given Theresa May a two-week deadline to resolve the Brexit divorce, warning that otherwise the union will refuse to adopt a position on a transition at a summit in December. Donald Tusk, the European Council president, said “much more progress” was needed over coming weeks in order to make a breakthrough. He added that he was “still very cautious but optimistic” about a deal in December. (The FT)
  • Ireland has issued a stark warning that it will block progress of the Brexit negotiations in December unless the UK gives a formal written guarantee that there will be no hard border with Northern Ireland. In sharp remarks before a breakfast meeting with Theresa May, the Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, said Brexit-backing politicians had not “thought all this through” in the years they had been pushing for the UK to leave the EU. (The Guardian)
  • David Davis has said the EU must be willing to give ground too if further progress in Brexit talks is to be made. He told the BBC the UK has “been offering some creative compromises and not always got them back”, insisting that “nothing comes for nothing”. Many EU countries want to move on in the talks because they can see how important it is to their economies, he told political editor Laura Kuenssberg. (BBC)
  • The Government risks sabotaging its own Brexit negotiations by enshrining an exit date for leaving the European Union in law, a new report by a cross-party committee of MPs has warned. The Commons Exiting the European Union Committee said putting the date into law as proposed by Theresa May would “create significant difficulties if EU negotiations go down to the wire”. (The Independent)