UK & other courts
Stewart J in the High Court has dismissed the first test case in group litigation in which over 40,000 Kenyans bring claims for damages against the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office alleging abuse during the Kenyan Emergency of the 1950s and early 1960s.
Evaluation of UK’s international obligations
The extradition of the Manchester bomber Salman Abedi’s brother, Hashem, to the UK is delayed because Libya’s attorney-general is investigating whether he should be legally regarded as a British or Libyan national, as no Libyan national can be lawfully extradited from the country.
The Guardian has reported that the Joint Committee on Human Rights has been asked to investigate the use of child spies by the police and security services, which has been criticised by campaigners and the Lords.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
Downing Street has insisted that Theresa May is confident of securing a Brexit deal with Brussels despite Liam Fox’s assertion that the UK appears set to crash out of the EU without reaching an agreement.
The National Farmers’ Union has warned that Britain would run out of food on this date next year if it cannot continue to easily import from the EU and elsewhere after Brexit.
Theresa May has sought to calm fractious Tory grassroots activists angry with her Chequers Brexit plan, writing individual members a lengthy letter endorsed by sceptical cabinet Brexiters including Andrea Leadsom and Liam Fox.
A YouGov study of 10,000 people has found that exactly half of the British public would want a second referendum on Brexit if talks with the EU break down.
The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper considering the power given to ministers by the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 to establish new public bodies to carry out functions currently undertaken by EU-wide bodies.