Evaluation of UK’s international obligations
The University of Notre Dame London Gateway has published a summary report on an expert round table discussion on elements of a possible binding international instrument on business and human rights.
Helen Wildbore, for the British Institute of Human Rights’ Act for UK rights blog, has considered the accountability under the Human Rights Act 1998 arising from the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
The International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, has stated that, whilst the cabinet is prepared for a transitional period, the Brexit deal should not ‘drag on’ until after the next election. However, Isobel Hardman in The Spectator has argued that Cabinet agreement on Brexit does not equate to Tory harmony. Meanwhile Philip Hammond has confirmed multiple reports that the cabinet has agreed to seek a transitional period of around three years, ending before the next election due in 2022.
The OUPblog has considered what will happen to international litigation post-Brexit, whilst the Lord Chief Justice has stated that, as the negotiations for Britain’s withdrawal from the EU are under way, it is important to emphasise the unique strength of English law and dispute resolution in the UK. He also warned that failure to ensure mutual recognition of court judgments in the UK and EU in advance of Brexit will threaten British business and the status of English law. Meanwhile, nearly 40% of litigation solicitors are reportedly predicting a “significant flight of work from the UK” once the country leaves the EU.
For the LSE Brexit blog, Anna Tsiftsoglou has explained why the CJEU is such a vital issue in the Brexit negotiations.
The European Policy Centre has published an article considering how the Brexit negotiations are viewed from the other side of the Channel. Meanwhile Professor Anand Menon has argued that no deal will bring a ‘chaotic Brexit’ to the fore.
Parliament’s Informal Brexit Liaison Group has held its first meeting, considering the issues of transferring the European Union acquis and ensuring good regulation of financial services in the UK.
Guy Verhofstadt and the Brexit Steering Group of the European Parliament have issued a statement following the second round of negotiations between the UK and EU.
The UK has been urged by individuals including William Hague and former Spanish foreign affairs secretary, Ann Palacio, to formally propose a role for itself in the EU’s foreign policy after Brexit by taking up observer status at the twice-weekly meetings of diplomats that shape the bloc’s relations with the rest of the world. However, Brexit is raising questions over Britain’s future role in European defence projects, with the UK notably absent from France and Germany’s plans for closer defence cooperation and development of the EU’s next generation fighter jet.
The Local Government Association has called for more certainty from ministers to guarantee that regeneration projects will not lose out when the UK leaves the EU bloc in 2019.
Whilst Jeremy Corbyn states that a Labour Government would leave the Single Market, but seek a tariff-free deal. In addition, he claims the party has “not decided on whether Labour’s policy should be to remain in the customs union”, the party’s trade spokesman, Barry Gardiner, has stated that remaining in the customs union post-Brexit would be a “disaster”, demonstrating divisions in Labour.