UK and the UN
UNA-UK has published a statement on the allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse against members of staff at Oxfam.
Evaluation of UK’s international obligations
The President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, has described the circumstances in which a homeless Portuguese man died in the Westminster underpass near the UK parliament as “inhumane”.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
In six speeches to be delivered by Theresa May, David Davis, Liam Fox, Boris Johnson and David Liddington, the Government will set out the vision of the UK’s future after it leaves the EU.
PoliticsHome reports that Theresa May is to pledge to maintain the UK’s membership of the European arrest warrant and Europol in order to advance a Brexit deal with the EU.
EU diplomats are concerned at Michel Barnier’s ‘aggressive’ approach to negotiating the Brexit transition deal, including his insistence on a ‘punishment clause’ to impose penalties if the UK breaks the transition agreement. This comes as Barnier warns that a UK Brexit transition period is ‘not a given’, which David Davis has suggested shows the EU to be acting in ‘bad faith’. Reports have emerged that officials have agreed to re-word the Brexit transition draft to get rid of the ‘punishment clause’.
Michel Barnier has delivered a speech following the latest round of negotiation talks.
John McDonnell has stated that a second EU referendum would divide the UK again but Labour would not rule out further “democratic engagement”.
The Sunday Times has discussed the inability of Theresa May to make any decisions, with her ‘war cabinet’ meeting las week failing to make any conclusive progress on the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU.
Departments of the European Commission have published notices on the legal and practical implications of the UK’s withdrawal from the bloc.
Boris Johnson has claimed that Brexit is a cause for ‘hope not fear’ in an attempt to reach out to Remainers, whilst increasing pressure on Theresa May over regulatory alignment with the EU. However Anna Soubry has criticised his speech.
Former British ambassador to Tokyo Sir David Warren has stated that Japan sees Brexit as an act of economic and political self-harm that will reduce the UK’s influence on the world stage. It has called for a ‘soft’ Brexit in a memo.