Evaluation of UK’s international obligations
A study of 13 EU cities has revealed that the UK capital has the most expensive public transport, the third-worst air quality and is one of most dangerous to walk and cycle.
The International Development Select Committee has published a report stating that the UK must support efforts to refer Myanmar’s regime to the ICC over evidence of state-sanctioned ethnic cleansing of Rohingya people and human rights abuse.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
Boris Johnson has delivered a thinly-veiled warning to Theresa May that he and his fellow Brexiters still expect her to deliver a deal that avoids triggering the “backstop” that would keep Britain aligned to the customs union beyond 2020. In response, Theresa May has said that her backstop plan to keep Britain aligned to the customs union beyond 2020 would only apply in a “very limited” set of circumstances.
The Labour leadership faces mounting pressure to clarify its position on Brexit after the local party in Lewisham selected a candidate who backs staying in the single market and the party’s international trade spokesman, Barry Gardiner, struggled to explain Labour’s position on the issue.
Japan is to push for a visa exemption in the post-Brexit trade deal with negotiators planning to make fewer concessions to the UK than they did in the EU trade deal.
The Times has reported that Tory MPs are preparing for a snap autumn election as they fear the Brexit deadlock will become insurmountable for Theresa May.
The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee has written to Minister for Business and Industry Richard Harrington MP, requesting his comment on reports that the Office for Nuclear Regulation is trailing in its Brexit preparations.
The EU looks set to reject Theresa May’s plan for a “time limited” extension of Britain’s customs ties with Brussels, dealing a fresh blow to her plans to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland.
The UK has reportedly made clear its ‘strong objection’ to being shut out of the Galileo satellite programme after Brexit, as fresh splits emerge in the EU over the move. Meanwhile Philip Hammond has warned that the UK will build its own satellite navigation system to rival the European Union’s €10bn Galileo project if Brussels carries out its threat to block access.
Dominic Cummings, former leader of Vote Leave, has written an open letter to Tory MPs and donors, blasting Theresa May’s “botched” Brexit strategy and calling on the Tories to remove her as Prime Minister.
Brexit minister Ms Braverman has stated that MPs will be asked to sign off a £39bn Brexit ‘divorce bill’ without any legal assurance that the EU will agree a future trade relationship.
The Guardian reports that the EU has accused the British Government of “chasing a fantasy” and warned that it will not negotiate under threat, after a fraught week of Brexit talks in Brussels that have raised serious concerns about the future of the negotiations.