The minister for overseeing Brexit preparations has insisted there would be no "regression" in standards on environmental protections and workers rights if the withdrawal deal is agreed to.
The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker has said there will be no "prolongation" to the Brexit deadline.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is travelling to Brussels with an agreed withdrawal arrangement.
UK and EU negotiators have agreed a Brexit deal before a meeting of European leaders in Brussels.
Former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has been named chair of a mental health advisory group for ITV.
Railway lines in Tayside and Fife could be electrified to connect better with the West Coast mainline, rail chiefs have suggested.
Hard pressed councils' budgets could be thrown into disarray after the UK government hiked the rate of borrowing on local authority funding.
The Scottish Police Federation has warned a decision not to exempt emergency services from the so-called car park tax could endanger public safety.
The vice-chairman of Dundee's health and social care partnership will support an amendment calling for the decriminalisation of drugs at the SNP conference this weekend.
The SNP would put a "Marxist in Number 10" for independence, the Scottish Conservatives have claimed.