UN & the UK
The UK Constitutional Law Blog has published an analysis of the Investigatory Powers Bill, arguing that the broad nature of the operational purposes required to access data obtained by the bulk warrant has been raised as a concern by the UN Special Rapporteur in his report to the UN Human Rights Council, and may not be compliant with ECHR obligations.
In the wake of the Panama papers, AWID, in supporting the intergovernmental working group working within the UN Human Rights Council, has called for support for a binding treaty against corporate abuse, for businesses and human rights.
UNA-UK took opportunity of this year’s Human Rights Day to encourage a more positive debate around human rights in the UK.
Evaluation of UK’s international obligations
In meeting with the Gulf nations, Theresa May has insisted that the UK will not turn its back on human rights concerns following criticism for continuing to deal with nations with dubious human rights records.
The reform plan to replace the Human Rights Act 1998 with a British Bill of Rights ought to be assessed with regard to the UK’s international human rights obligations according to the British Academy.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
Theresa May has now agreed to set out her Brexit plans before triggering article 50, also claiming she wants a “red, white and blue Brexit” with an ambitious deal.
The chief EU negotiator, Barnier, has urged Britain to be realistic about what new EU trade terms can be agreed in Brexit talks compressed into 15-18 months, stating that the UK will have less than two years to agree its exit in a tough negotiating timetable set by the bloc. However Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Committee, has responded stating that such comments are “calculated to raise the political temperature”.
The Independent has claimed that Ministers believe that legal disputes may have to be settled by European judges even after Brexit.
It is doubtful, according to The Conversation, that Britain will be as easily able to find post-Brexit trade partners in the Commonwealth as Theresa May has suggested.