• EU unhappy over May’s post-Brexit immigration plan – Senior EU figures have criticised Theresa May’s post-Brexit immigration plan with the president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, signalling that he expects a disagreement with Theresa May at an upcoming “moment of truth” summit. The plan to curb low-skilled immigration was seized upon by Manfred Weber, the German leader of the centre-right EPP group and a leading candidate to be the next European commission president. He said the UK’s plan to end free movement illustrated the need to stay united against attempts to pick off the benefits of EU membership. “Brexit means leaving the EU and this means losing the advantages of this union and that is the simple principle,” he added. (The Guardian)
  • The Brexit effect: Brussels tries to blunt the Swiss model – with Brexit forcing the EU to rethink its relationship with neighbouring countries that are not part of the bloc, Switzerland has become a prime candidate for some rethinking of current arrangement. Negotiations on a new deal started four years ago, and the EU seems determined to impose its will on Switzerland — perhaps as an example to the UK. In theory the EU could even threaten to unwind deals already agreed; that would deliver a big shock to the Swiss economy and its multinationals, such as drug companies Novartis and Roche. (FT)
  • ‘Catastrophic’ no-deal Brexit would ‘crash the economy’, Tory business minister admits – Business minister Claire Perry has broken ranks to warn that a no-deal Brexit would be “catastrophic” and “a way of crashing the economy”. Theresa May and other cabinet ministers have insisted the UK can prosper even if it crashes out of the EU without an agreement – insisting that remains an option. But Ms Perry said: “No deal is a recipe for a catastrophic series of consequences. It’s also a way of crashing the economy and of doing great damage to our most productive industries.” Her warning undermines the prime minister’s determination to claim the UK is seriously contemplating a no-deal – something widely seen as a bluff on the continent. (The Independent)