UK & other courts
A group of UK nationals living in the Netherlands are going to a Dutch court to challenge the right of the British Government and the European Commission to negotiate away their rights as EU citizens in the Brexit talks.
Evaluation of UK’s international obligations
The Commons Foreign Affairs Committee is to hold an evidence session for its inquiry into the UK’s response to hurricanes in its Overseas Territories.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
According to leading human rights organisations including the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Amnesty International, a human rights deficit will be created by the Government’s EU withdrawal bill, leaving many different groups in society without adequate protection due to the removal of the Charter of Fundamental Rights from our law.
The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, is to meet key EU-backing MPs, and is understood to be keen to engage directly with British parliamentarians.
Britain and France are in danger of drifting apart as a result of Brexit, undermining defence and security cooperation, according to Lord Ricketts, a former UK national security adviser and former ambassador to France.
Dublin is bidding to be a new European hub for international commercial law in the event that a “hard Brexit” undermines the status of Britain’s courts and English law.
Theresa May is reportedly set to be handed less favourable terms in any transition period following Brexit amid growing pressure from Norwegian officials who do not want the UK to reach a better deal with the bloc than the one Norway currently enjoys. Nonetheless Macron is to advocate closer defence ties with the UK under a new European defence initiative and Lord Peter Ricketts has written a Briefing Paper recommending that the UK and France step up joint work on defence, security and nuclear deterrence policy.
The House of Lords have debated the report by the EU Select Committee which outlines the potential impact on the UK of leaving the EU without a deal, and examines the feasibility of a transition period immediately post-Brexit.
The EU Justice Sub-Committee has met a senior judge and an official from the European Free Trade Association to discuss options for the UK’s legal interactions with the EU post-Brexit. Meanwhile the Financial Times reports that the EU’s Swiss proposal regarding an arbitration panel for trade disputes could serve as a Brexit blueprint.
Politico has assessed the impact of Brexit across the EU, finding it will vary considerably between regions. Meanwhile the UK Human Rights Blog has published an article considering whether Britain and the courts are ready for the likely wave of post-Brexit legislation and potential litigation.
The Institute for Government has published a Brexit negotiating timeline, including considering threats and options for extensions.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has told the European Parliament that there can be “no backsliding” on the UK’s guarantee to avoid a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The EU (Withdrawal) Bill has cleared the Commons to go the Lords, but Labour was hit by rebellion as 48 MPs defied the whip and voted for an amendment meaning the UK would remain in the single market. During the debate, Justine Greening warned that young people will undo Brexit if the Government strikes a deal against their interests.
Portland, a communications consultancy, has published two papers, one on Making Sense of Brexit, and the other discussing Cliff Edge: Is Britain ready for no deal?