UK in CJEU
Senior police officers are to lose the power to self-authorise access to personal phone and web browsing records under a series of late changes to the ”snooper’s charter” law proposed by ministers in an attempt to comply with a European court ruling on Britain’s mass surveillance powers.
UK & other courts
Google is being taken to the UK High Court, accused of collecting the personal data of millions of users, in the first mass legal action of its kind in the UK.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
The EU has warned that trade talks cannot start until agreement on the issue of Ireland is reached; however Liam Fox has warned that no final decision on the border can be reached without the agreement of a trade deal. This has stoked tensions with Dublin. However both sides are predicting there will be an agreement within weeks.
Wilhelm Kohler and Gernot Müller have argued that the EU’s position in the Brexit negotiations is based on the premise that the four freedoms of the single market – goods, capital, services, and labour – are indivisible, but that this indivisibility claim has no economic foundations, and that negotiating on this premise risks unnecessary harm.
Ipsos MORI has published a study on global researchers’ views on opportunities and challenges posed by Brexit.
Keir Starmer has accused the Government of withholding information on how leaving the EU will affect 58 industrial sectors, after it previously promised to give the Brexit committee these documents in an unedited and un-redacted form, with some MPs claiming David Davis is in contempt of Parliament.
The EU is to tell Theresa May that she will have to legislate to extend Brussels’ and the CJEU’s powers in Britain during the Brexit transition period, and this will inevitably increase tensions with Eurosceptic Tory MPs.
The UK has bowed to EU demands on the divorce bill, offering £50bn to Brussels in an attempt to get France and Germany to agree to move negotiations to trade. Eurosceptic MPs have brushed this off, though Ian Begg for the LSE blog has warned it will provoke a backlash if the negotiations do not move on. Meanwhile Labour has tabled a new amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill that would commit the Government to giving MPs a vote on the Brexit financial settlement. However, Theresa May has been put on notice by hardline Conservative Eurosceptics that they could be prepared to vote against her final Brexit deal if the UK continues to pay the £50bn divorce bill for years to come or does not get good trade terms.
The EU is reportedly prepared to confirm a two-year Brexit transitional period as early as January following a breakthrough in negotiations over the Irish border.
Michel Barnier gave a speech on German Employers’ Day, discussing the challenge of Brexit and the individual and collective responsibility involved.
The Financial Times has published an article considering that the UK has conceded to all of the EU’s demands within the negotiations.
Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court, has given a speech considering the future of the UK’s jurisdiction and English law after Brexit.