Rolling coverage of the day’s political events as they happen, including David Davis and Michel Barnier holding their press conference after the latest round of Brexit talks

The Conservatives have lost a council seat to the Liberal Democrats in a local by-election caused by the resignation of a Tory councillor who previously had been elected for Ukip, the Press Association reports. The Lib Dem victory came in a contest in the Stubbington ward of Fareham Borough Council. Ukip was forced into third place.
Voting was: LD 1,185, C 769, Ukip 117, Lab 76. The turnout was 39%.

Elsewhere in the latest council by-elections, the Conservatives held two seats – at High Peak (Limestone Peak ward) and Wandsworth (Thamesfield) – while Labour held two seats – at Camden (Gospel Oak) and Flintshire (Buckley Bistre West).


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Lord Kerr, the British diplomat credited with drafting article 50, has given his speech this morning arguing that Brexit is reversible. Matthew Weaver has covered his main arguments in a story filed earlier today.

Here are some of the other points he made as he delivered his speech.

I don’t know why Mrs May was in such a rush to send her letter in March, before her Cabinet had an agreed plan. It was odd to start the clock and not start negotiating, instead calling an election.

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