UK & other courts
A Church of England bishop accused of involvement in the Rwandan genocide has won the right to remain in Britain after a court ruled that he had shown “redemption”.
Evaluation of UK’s international obligations
The sons of a murdered Maltese journalist have accused English law firm Mishcon de Reya of intimidating her and attempting to ruin her financially with law suits.
The Law Society of Scotland has stated that the British Government’s benefit sanctions system is failing to treat claimants with dignity and causing “severe hardship” to some of the most vulnerable in society, in some cases, breaching their human rights.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
London mayor Sadiq Khan has heaped fresh pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to back a Norway-style soft Brexit, as he urged all MPs to be “brave” enough to back a string of Lords amendments on the issue.
Theresa May should be replaced by Michael Gove so Britain can get the best Brexit deal, according to major Conservative donor Crispin Odey.
Former EU trade commissioner, Lord Mandelson, has warned that Britain will not be able to negotiate a meaningful deal with the EU by the time of the key parliamentary votes on Brexit this autumn, putting the onus on MPs to tell the Government they will not accept a “blind Brexit”.
The Financial Times has considered the ‘softly, softly’ approach of Scotland’s political leaders on Brexit.
The Financial Times reports on fears that the June EU negotiations summit will fail, as this has long been billed as the deadline for answers to the questions of the future customs relationship and the Northern Ireland ‘backstop’. Meanwhile Theresa May has abandoned plans to present European leaders with a detailed blueprint for a future UK-EU relationship ahead of this summit.
Following the announcement that the Government is to give MPs just 12 hours to debate and vote on 15 House of Lords amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill, Labour has questioned whether this would even be safe for MPs to travel home.
The EU has told UK military staff that they will not have their secondments to Brussels renewed after Brexit, in the latest setback to the increasingly fraught negotiations over defence and security collaboration after Britain leaves the bloc.
Boris Johnson has admitted that Brexit could lead to “meltdown” as he accused the Treasury of failing to seize the opportunities of leaving the EU.
Theresa May faced a backlash from the Brexit secretary, David Davis, over the Government’s backstop plan to avoid a hard border in Ireland as the four-page draft of the backstop proposal circulated to ministers does not include a legally enforceable end date. David Davis confirmed the Cabinet split, and reportedly geared up for a showdown with Theresa May over the backstop. Following this, the Government published the formal proposal for the Northern Ireland backstop. However Theresa May has stressed that the proposal is ‘unpalatable’ and would only be temporary, though is nonetheless better than the EU’s option. Nonetheless, the publication defused the Davis resignation threat.
Michel Barnier has rejected Mau’s UK-wide Brexit backstop plan.