Evaluation of UK’s international obligations
Boris Johnson is facing criticism after allegedly refusing to answer questions on colonialism during an official visit to The Gambia.
The charity, Save the Children, has stated that the UK is falling short in its ‘moral obligation’ to help 1% of refugee children in need in light of its announcement regarding the Dubs amendment and its failure to take in the 3000 children as promised from the refugee camps.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
Following the announcement of Theresa May’s position of a ‘take it or leave it’ vote for the Commons on the Brexit agreement, an ICM survey has found that leaving the EU without an agreement with the other states would only be supported by 35% of the British public.
Warning that the UK is heading for ‘Brexit at any cost’, Tony Blair has made a speech seeking to persuade voters to change their mind about leaving the EU. He is reportedly casting himself as the leader of the Brexit resistance. However Boris Johnson has hit back, stating that none of the arguments Blair is raising are new.
David Davis has stated that he expects the Brexit bill will be subject to parliamentary ‘ping pong’, but that article 50 will still be triggered in March.
Guy Verhofstadt has stated that a transitional deal between the UK and EU post Brexit will lock Britain into the CJEU. However, reportedly European lawmakers have warned that a transitional deal could be impossible under the EU’s governing rules.
Richard Whitman has published a research paper considering the impact of Brexit on devolved external affairs.
Justice minister, Sir Oliver Heald, has rejected a suggestion that the UK’s legal system will ‘fall down the rankings’ post-Brexit, despite concerns that Germany and the Netherlands are creating English-language commercial courts to compete with the UK for disputes.