Evaluation of UK’s international obligations
The Foreign Affairs Select Committee has published a report on Anglo Russian relations, stating that the UK must brace itself to have ‘uncomfortable conversations’ with the US to ensure the West maintains a principled stance on sanctions against Russia. This is discussed in The Guardian.
The Department for International Trade may have broken EU procurement rules by specifying in adverts that contractors must support Brexit.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
The House of Commons has produced a paper entitled ‘Legislating for Brexit: the Great Repeal Bill’, considering issues likely to be raised in the bull in light of comments made by senior members of the Government.
Claude Moraes, a Labour MEP for London, has warned that the UK should not seek to use its intelligence ties as a bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations, with cooperation on security and defence benefitting both sides.
The sittings of the Committee in the House of Lords to go discuss the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill have begun, and all stages of the Bill can be found here.
It was widely predicted that the Government would be defeated in the House of Lords over the issue of securing the rights of EU citizens living in the UK. The voting breakdown for the Lords’ defeat of the Government with the support for the amendment shows the amendment was approved with a margin of approximately one hundred votes. Peers are now urging Tories in the Commons to back the amendment, and despite Theresa May having vowed to overturn it, members of her Cabinet appear to back it.