UK in Strasbourg
The Grand Chamber has heard Harkins v the United Kingdom (application no. 71537/14) considering whether to extradite a man from the UK to the US to face charges for a crime conviction for which results in a sentence of life imprisonment with no parole would violate ECHR, art 3. Its ruling is to be given at a later date. The Press Release can be found here.
Evaluation of UK’s international obligations
A review by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact has found that the UK is succeeding in alleviating extreme poverty through its support for cash transfer programmes.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
Michael Gove has urged Theresa May not to accept a “fake Brexit” by remaining in the single market and customs union.
Sir Tim Barrow is reportedly inheriting a “demoralised and depleted team” as ambassador to the EU, and there are concerns that the UK is heading for a “train crash Brexit” with the demands of Britain and the remaining 27 being too far apart to strike any deal.
RUSI Publications has released a paper making recommendations for UK foreign and security policy post-Brexit.
Following Brexit the UK must not become a “bargain basement economy”, and high skilled jobs and trade must be protected outside the EU according to Jeremy Corbyn speaking to the BBC.
Boris Johnson has claimed Britain is “first in line” for a post-Brexit trade deal with the US, following meetings with Republican congressional leaders.
A paper published by the German SPD has stated that the top priority in Brexit negotiations for the EU-27 must be to hold the bloc together, even if this means suffering one-off economic hits.
Theresa May will reportedly lay out plans for Brexit in a speech on Tuesday that will be closely scrutinised in financial markets and by other European leaders.