UK & other courts
The Court of Appeal has ruled that the so-called “same-roof” rule, which denied compensation to those who lived in the same home as their attacker before 1979, is incompatible with human rights laws.
Human rights campaigners have challenged the prime minister in the high court, accusing her of abandoning the longstanding principle that members of the Government should be bound by international law.
Evaluation of UK’s international obligations
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a report looking at the state of women’s rights and gender equality in the UK in 2018, in which it warns that crucial employment rights as well as funding for some women’s services could be lost when the UK leaves the EU.
Sajid Javid has been criticised by lawyers claiming he has ‘abandoned moral principle’ and is on a ‘collision course’ with the ECHR by dropping opposition to the deportation of El Shafee ElSheikh and Alexanda Kotey, two of the so-called Isis Beatles, to the US without seeking no death penalty assurances. Ben Emmerson QC, former UN special rapporteur on human rights, has stated that the decision could be challenged in the courts.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
Michel Barnier has pushed back against Theresa May’s Brexit offer to Brussels contained in her white paper, questioning whether her plan is “workable” or even “legal”. He informed the EU27 Council as to the state of play in the Brexit negotiations.
David Davis has called on Theresa May to “start again” over Brexit, as the former Cabinet minister insisted it would not be “the end of the world” if Britain leaves the EU empty-handed. Meanwhile Dominic Raab has stated that the UK will not pay the £39bn divorce bill unless a trade deal with the EU is agreed. However Theresa May is to send Cabinet members across the EU to sell her Chequers compromise plan.
The Commons Home Affairs Committee has published a follow-up report regarding the UK-EU security cooperation after Brexit.
The Government has published the White Paper on Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU, setting out how the Government will implement the final Withdrawal Agreement reached with the EU in UK law.
Theresa May has announced that she will now lead the crunch talks with the EU while Dominic Raab, who was appointed two weeks ago, would be left in charge of domestic preparations, no-deal planning and legislation. However Patrick Maguire in the New Statesman argues that Dominic Raab has not been sidelined, as DEXEU was never in charge of Brexit.
Tony Blair has argued that Parliament should reject the Chequers deal, stating that the ‘in-betweener solution is the worst of all worlds’.