In week when the Scottish and UK parliaments returned from their summer recesses, the Brexit saga rumbled on as key figures appeared before committees in Holyrood and Westminster. The key developments:
- I’ll take the Chequers, please: Like Lazarus, the Chequers agreement has risen from the dead. Or, at least, from being dead to “not workable”, which is still an improvement. Labour MP Stephen Kinnock claimed Michael Barnier had branded the proposals “dead in the water” but a Commons transcript revealed the EU Chief Negotiator had merely said he “did not just reject the White Paper outright”. Instead Michel Barnier saw two “major problems” with the UK’s position, claiming it would “undermine” the EU’s customs union and having a common rulebook for goods but not services would “split up the four freedoms of the single market”.