From her Brussels visit this week, Kirsty Hughes identifies the core mantra in the EU27: Deal to be done is ‘level-playing field for free trade agreement’. No tariffs/quotas is a big offer and not given for nothing back. Governance is key. []

Having spent three years very close to the EU side, I think it is important to correct some inaccuracies in Anand Menon’s Financial Times piece on how the EU intransigence has presumably driven the UK, important trade and security partner, further away. []