UK in Strasbourg
Under proposals for prison service guidance, the Government is set to allow some prisoners to vote on day release, in a move aimed at ending the twelve year dispute on the issue with Strasbourg. However, this will reportedly only apply to offenders out on temporary release licence, and as such fewer than 100 prisoners will be impacted.
Evaluation of UK’s international obligations
MPs have claimed that the current system of disclosing past convictions undermines the principles of the youth justice system, and thus ‘fall short’ of human rights obligations.
A British demand to use aid money to repair hurricane damage to its semi-autonomous territories in the Caribbean is reportedly set to be blocked as donor countries meeting to hammer out new rules on international aid will not agree the proposals, but may consider them later, according to multiple sources.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
The House of Commons business statement has set out that the EU (Withdrawal) Bill is provisionally to enter the committee stage on Tuesday 14th November. Meanwhile the House of Commons Library has published a report summarising what happened in the Brexit negotiations in October.
The UK has asked for ‘continuous’ talks with the EU to break the Brexit negotiation impasse, whilst the UK and EU have confirmed that the next round of talks will be held next week. Giving the clearest glimpse so far of the Government’s preferred end game for the Brexit talks, David Davis has admitted that the exit deal is likely to “favour the union on things like money”.
The London Assembly EU Exit Working Group has published a letter pressing the Mayor to publish a plan of action and strategy for London post-Brexit, and to make the case for protecting the future of the financial services sector in London in his meetings with David Davis.
The former boss of YouGov, one of Britain’s most respected pollsters, has defended Barry Sheerman, a Labour MP facing criticism for pointing out that better-educated people tended to vote to remain in the EU during the referendum.
A cross-party trio of pro-EU politicians, Nick Clegg, Ken Clarke and Lord Adonis, have held talks with the European Commission’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier. Meanwhile the Times Brief has reported on a Law Society warning that a ‘no deal’ Brexit will result in the courts being overwhelmed with claims.
Lord Justice Gross has given a speech arguing that there is every good reason why London and English law should continue to be world leaders in international dispute resolution post-Brexit.