Evaluation of UK’s international obligations
The Guardian has reported that leaked documents reveal a secret UK plan to weaken key EU climate laws before Brexit which would undermine the bloc’s Paris commitments to cut its energy use by 20% by 2020.
The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee has published the Government response to its report on the 2017 elections to the International Court of Justice.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
The UK and EU negotiating teams have jointly published the topics for discussions on the future framework for the relationship between Britain and the bloc.
PoliticsHome reports that Theresa May is risking sparking Cabinet outrage amid reports she is planning to make a fresh attempt to push a controversial plan for post-Brexit customs ties with Brussels. She has reportedly warned her warring ministers to fall in line behind her favoured plan for close customs ties with the EU or risk being pushed into a full customs union by MPs. However Boris Johnson has attacked the Prime Minister’s ‘crazy’ post-Brexit customs plan.
Rebel Conservative MPs reportedly believe they have the numbers needed in the Commons to keep Britain in the single market after Brexit.
A cross-party amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill ensuring the negotiation deadline with Brussels can be extended is set to pass this afternoon after securing the backing of peers from across the political divide.
MPs are to have a vote on remaining in the European Economic Area – effectively a vote on the single market – after a shock defeat for the Government in the Lords following a rebellion by Labour peers.
The Times reports that the Government is investigating ways to ban technology companies from transferring sensitive information to Europe if Brussels carries out its threat to block the UK from the Galileo satellite navigation system. Meanwhile David Davis has warned that lives will be put at risk if the UK is shut out of the €10bn space satellite project as Britain would be unable to help tackle threats from countries like Russia if it is unable to share data with the Galileo scheme.
Labour MPs from Brexit-supporting party heartlands have piled pressure on Jeremy Corbyn with a fresh demand for a second EU referendum.
Labour has accused the Government of “effectively subverting democracy” after an announcement of coming Government business gave no timings for the return of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill from the Lords, or any news on three other key Brexit-connected bills.
Theresa May has split her Cabinet ministers into two groups in a bid to heal their deep divisions over the UK’s future trading links with Europe.
A new poll by the People’s Vote campaign has found that a majority of the British public are in favour of having a vote on the final Brexit deal.