Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including the David Davis/Michel Barnier press conference at the end of the latest round of Brexit talks
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Sir Vince Cable, the Lib Dem leader, has announced a reshuffle. The party only has 12 MPs, but using peers he has rustled up a team of 28 “principal spokespersons”. The full list is here.
Cable, an economist and former business secretary in the coalition, will take the lead economics job himself. He will speak for the party in the Commons on economic and business issues, the party says.
Former leader Tim Farron will take up a new position focused on regenerating the north of England. This is a sign of the Lib Dems’ commitment to building a more balanced national economy and making sure the government delivers on the Northern Powerhouse. Farron will also lead on rural affairs.
Another former leader, Menzies Campbell, has been appointed principal defence spokesman. The broader foreign affairs team includes deputy leader Jo Swinson, international affairs spokesperson Shas Sheehan and armed forces spokesperson Jamie Stone.
Yesterday Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman sidestepped a question about how Corbyn would vote if there were another EU referendum now. But Corbyn himself has now been asked the question, and he has said that he is still in favour of remaining. He said:
Yes, I voted remain because I thought the best option was to remain. I haven’t changed my mind on that. But we accept the result of referendum.
Listen, there isn’t going to be another referendum, so it’s a hypothetical question.
Jeremy Corbyn asked THAT Brexit question…… pic.twitter.com/ijhOyaEbGy