UK and the UN
The UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the UK, Jonathan Allen, has given a statement on counter terrorism at the UN Security Council briefing.
Evaluation of UK’s international obligations
Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, David Isaac, has stated that the UK will become a ‘world embarrassment’ unless the rights watchdog is given more powers so as to ensure Britain does not return ‘to the 1930s, when only the wealthy could obtain justice’.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
Causing more friction within Cabinet, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has revealed his four Brexit ‘red lines’ in The Sun. However the Financial Times has argued that Boris Johnsons’s impatience over Brexit masks a fear of delay, as he is well aware that once the UK falls into a midway membership zone the changes of leaving wane.
Ruth Davidson has called for “serious people” to take charge of Brexit as she launched a fresh attack on Boris Johnson. Meanwhile, according to The Telegraph, David Davis is planning to retire in 2019, leaving Boris Johnson to steer the UK through the transitional period, though Manfred Weber, ally of Angela Merkel and key MEP, has warned that the foreign secretary should be sacked to provide certainty in the Brexit talks of the UK position.
At the Conservative party conference, Philip Hammond has conceded that the cabinet is split over the implementation of Brexit, and has warned Boris Johnson that his interventions risk weakening the UK’s negotiating position.
Speaking at the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, Europe minister Sir Alan Duncan has stated that the Brexit referendum result was Leave supporters among the British working class “throwing a tantrum”, whilst warning that labour shortages after Brexit “could cause us a lot of damage”.
The UCL Constitution Unit has held a ‘Citizens’ Assembly’ on Brexit, finding that the UK voters want a soft Brexit. Meanwhile Lindsay Richards and Anthony Heath for the LSE Brexit Blog have conducted a study to investigate how flexible public opinion is on Brexit negotiations.
Following Theresa’s speech in Florence and the fourth round of talks, for the European Policy Centre, Andrew Duff has taken stock of the progress made and the prospects for the October meeting of the European Council.
The European Parliament has voted by 557 votes to 92 in support of Barnier’s resolution that Brexit talks have not progressed sufficiently to proceed to the next phase of negotiations.
Nick Clegg has stated that Brexit is a ‘time of national emergency’, and is urging voters to join Labour or the Tories to exert greater pressure to prevent the exit.
The President of the Supreme Court, Baroness Hale, has called for clarity on the ECJ post-Brexit, stating that judges need to know how far they should take into account future judgments from EU court.