At this week’s European Council meeting, the 27 member states will agree their negotiating guidelines for talks on the future UK-EU relationship. They all have their own priorities, but solidarity will prevail, says Tim Durrant.
Today Michel Barnier and David Davis – exuding joint bonhomie – paid tribute to their teams and unveiled a colour-coded legal text for endorsement by the European Council later this week. But, Jill Rutter warns, it's not time to call off the contingency planning.
The Treasury did a sterling job reducing expectations. The speech was a bit longer than billed but kept its focus. The big question is whether the Chancellor was right to stick with no Spending Review until 2019, argues Jill Rutter.