It's business as usual at SNP Conference right now, with the First Minister promising that the SNP will be working hard to find ways to keep Scotland in the Single Market. The UK Government has made it clear that there's no plan beyond hard-line rhetoric, so the Scottish Government will be setting out a plan for Scotland. A hard Brexit will change the UK, and Scotland deserves the right to choose its best future. Click here to read the First Minister's speech in full.
CETA to be blocked by the parliament of the Federation of Wallonia-Brussels. The motion passed opposing the deal highlights the strong opposition that exists against CETA... and presents a major problem for CETA's supporters because the federal parliaments of Belgium will have a vote on the treaty if the European Council and Parliament approve the text.
The Irish Government has unveiled their plan to mitigate the impact of Brexit. This includes the creation of a rainy day fund “to ensure the public finances can withstand any negative impacts from Brexit and other economic shocks.”
The debate around the Irish Border is also receiving more attention. Borders in Globalisation and Queen’s University Belfast have produced a discussion paper outlining many of the issues.
The Spanish Chamber of Commerce has criticised Theresa May for her government's discussions on leaving the Single Market:
We believe that any future EU-UK trade deal “must deliver barrier free access to the EU's Single Market” said the CBI in a letter to the UK government:
The British Retail Consortium has warned of the dangers if the UK were to fall back on WTO rules stating that a “failure to strike a good Brexit deal by 2019 would have a disproportionately severe impact on retailers and their customers.”
Bruegel produced another analysis on the drift to a ‘hard’ Brexit:
As I have covered EU leaders have been lining up to warn the UK Government about its negotiating stance. The Guardian has produced a nice summary:
Luxembourg has suggested that its border should be shut for 24 hours as part of a publicity stunt to show the value of EU ties:
Theresa May went to Copenhagen where she emphasised the strong relationship the UK and Denmark have and pointed to the significance of the £10 billion a year trade that exists between the two countries:
Shortly after figures revealed that Brexit had sent Danish exports to the UK to a 16 year low…
David Davis appeared before the House of Commons to answer questions on Brexit, but perhaps take his answers with a pinch of salt, considering he has previously been chided by Downing Street for not representing government policy.
Martin Schultz, president of the European Parliament, addressed the LSE arguing that the ‘four freedoms’ of the EU are indivisible and calling for zero tolerance of xenophobic violence and hate crime.