UK & other courts
Campaign Against Arms Trade is challenging the UK Government’s decision to continue to licence the export of military equipment to Saudi Arabia in the High Court by way of judicial review. This has been discussed by UNA-UK, which considers the issue in light of the UN warning that Yemen is “one step away from famine”.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
The Guardian reported that Theresa May is unlikely to concede to any demand to change the terms of Parliament’s vote on the final Brexit deal. Ken Clarke has spoken out against Brexit following his vote defying the Government against art 50.
Labour MPs were told to cancel leave and prepare for a three-line whip as the party entered another difficult week pushing for a series of amendments before a final vote on the Brexit bill. The art 50 bill passed through the Commons without a single amendment, though 52 Labour MPs voted against the whip and Clive Lewis resigned. Amendments are expected in the House of Lords.
Theresa May has announced that Parliament is to get a ‘take it or leave it’ vote on the ‘final draft’ of the Brexit agreement, covering withdrawal from the EU and a new trade deal following the two year negotiations, stating that this vote will be on the agreement before it goes to the European Parliament. However, Sir Keir Starmer has stated that May will not let the UK crash out of the EU if MPs reject the deal.
UK Citizens in Europe have published a paper entitled ‘Towards an Alternative White Paper on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill’, whilst The Conversation UK has published a summary of the Government’s white paper written by academics.
The Centre for European Reform has considered the €60bn exit bill the UK will reportedly have to pay to the EU upon leaving.
The prime minister of France and the president of the European commission have warned Britain that the terms of any Brexit deal cannot be superior to full membership.