Please see below for today’s update on key Brexit news items:

  • The House of Commons Speaker has told David Davis to appear in front of the Brexit select committee within days or face the prospect of being held in contempt of parliament. John Bercow warned the Brexit secretary that no engagements should take precedence over showing respect to parliament as the Speaker pledged to “do my duty” in the face of angry representations from MPs. A string of opposition politicians, and some Conservatives, expressed fury that reports outlining the potential impact of Brexit on 58 sectors had been heavily edited before Davis handed them over to the committee. (The Guardian)
  • The prospect of Brexit will continue to weigh on Britain’s economic performance over the next two years, while creating risks and opportunities for other European countries, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said on Tuesday. The Paris-based international organisation forecast that Britain’s economic growth would drop from an anaemic rate of 1.5 per cent in 2017, lowest in the G7, to 1.2 per cent in 2018 and 1.1 per cent in 2019. Although the OECD’s forecast for the UK was slightly higher than its 1 per cent estimate for 2018 in September, this reflected a new assumption that Britain would secure a transition deal with the EU27 rather than a hard Brexit in 2019. (Financial Times)
  • Norway says Britain and the EU need to figure out how to include it in the Brexit process. The UK’s biggest gas supplier, itself not an EU member, is lobbying the bloc’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, not to put its access to the market at risk. (The Independent)
  • In 16 days’ time, Theresa May will go to Brussels to decide the fate of Brexit. There have been crunch points in the process before, but this one really matters. The likelihood of a “no deal” exit from the EU hangs on whether or not there is a positive outcome from this gathering. After the disappointment of October’s summit, the UK government had hoped the Florence speech would unblock the talks, Britain’s remaining faith in the EU is based on being given the green light of “sufficient progress” made in the talks so far. (Financial Times)

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