Evaluation of UK’s international obligations
The EU has announced a major probe into a British scheme protecting multinationals from tax avoidance rules.
Michael Fallon has urged MPs to stop criticising Saudi Arabia in the interests of securing a fighter jet deal, which provoked sharp criticism from human rights and arms trade campaigners.
A senior adviser to the Palestinian President Nabil Shaath said today that the Palestinian Authority (PA) will be approaching British and international courts to try the UK government for its role in the creation of the Balfour Declaration that led to the displacement of the Palestinian people.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
Labour has identified twelve amendments backed by rebel Conservative MPs to the withdrawal bill that it will support if ministers reject the opposition party’s demands for changes to the legislation.
Sadiq Khan has suggested that a second Brexit referendum could be possible if Parliament reject the deal eventually struck between the Government and the EU-27. Meanwhile EU president Donald Tusk reportedly still thinks Brexit can be reversed.
The European commission president’s chief of staff has denied being behind leaks of conversations at Theresa May’s recent dinner meeting in Brussels, which described May “begging for help” and appearing “anxious”, “tormented”, “despondent and discouraged”. Meanwhile Theresa May is set to update MPs about Brexit talks amid a row over the alleged leak, and she has told MPs that she is waiting for the EU to decide what future relationship it wants with the UK. However Donald Tusk has stated that the future of Brexit is up to the UK.
Stefanie Walter, for the LSE Brexit Blog, has argued that Europeans are supportive of the EU’s hard line in the Brexit negotiations.
The EU External Affairs Sub-Committee is taking evidence from Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe and the Americas, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), as part of its inquiry, Brexit: sanctions policy.
Michael Bloomberg, billionaire media mogul and former mayor of New York, has stated that Brexit is the “single stupidest thing any country has ever done” apart from the election of Donald Trump as US president. Meanwhile Theresa May is planning to bring in the head of the Brexit referendum campaign to overhaul the Tory machine and reassure Leave-supporting MPs and activists.
The Attorney-General, Jeremy Wright QC, has stated that he is privileged to work on Brexit and has denied offering to resign after the successful challenge to art 50 in the Supreme Court.
Following David Davis’ suggestion that MPs could vote on the Brexit deal after March 2019, Dexeu has issued a statement clarifying that Parliament will vote on the deal before the UK’s departure from the bloc.
Politico has written an article arguing that the Brexit negotiations will become even harder when the trade discussions begin.
The Select Committee on Exiting the EU has considered oral evidence on the progress of the UK’s negotiations on EU withdrawal.