UK and the UN
According to the Independent Custody Visiting Association, the lack of provision for menstruating detainees in England and Wales violates the UK’s international obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, as well as the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010.
Evaluation of UK’s international obligations
The British Institute for Human Rights has published a letter signed by over 140 organisations urging Theresa May to safeguard human rights today, during and after Brexit.
The UK is forecast to come bottom from 32 OECD wealthy nations for wage performance in 2018, with earnings to decrease by 0.7% when considering inflation which has surged since the EU referendum due to the weakness of the pound.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
The SNP’s Westminster leader has written to Jeremy Corbyn and other opposition leaders calling for a New Year summit to fight against a ‘hard Brexit’.
The Times has reported that Brussels considers David Davis to have been side-lined in the Brexit negotiations, as Oliver Robbins has been dealing directly with Michel Barnier. However, DExEU has denied this.
Theresa May has been accused of suppressing a formal legal opinion that the art 50 notification can be withdrawn – even without Brussels’ agreement.
David Davis has warned the European Commission not to ‘cherry-pick’ the future UK-EU relationship, suggesting a trading relationship based on ‘mutual recognition’ to be possible.
According to reports, Boris Johnson is becoming frustrated by fellow Cabinet Brexiteers who are ‘hiding behind his skirts’ when a hard Brexit is discussed.
Reviewing his assessment quarterly, for the LSE’s British Politics and Policy blog, Simeon Djankov has updated his Brexit Readiness Score to 22 out of 100 having analysed the last three months of negotiations.
Bloomberg has published an article considering the upcoming year for the progress of Brexit negotiations, and considers that 2018 is ‘the year that makes or breaks Brexit’. Meanwhile Prospect Magazine has analysed the struggle Brexit will cause Theresa May this year.
The Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee has launched a new inquiry into Common Security and Defence Policy missions after Brexit.