UK and the UN
Just for Kids Law, a charity that represents, advises and supports children in legal difficulty, has issued a pre-action letter to the Home Office raising concerns over the Government’s use of child spies, which has been condemned by politicians and human rights groups as being incompatible with the UN convention on the rights of the child.
Prime Minister Theresa May has addressed the UN General Assembly in a 19-minute speech voicing strong support for a rules-based global system based on open societies and mutual cooperation.
Evaluation of UK’s international obligations
The Independent Commission for Aid Impact has published a report on DFID’s approach to procurement.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
Jeremy Corbyn is resisting pressure to back a second EU referendum, despite a new poll of Labour members suggesting 86% want a ‘People’s Vote’, preferring a general election. However Keir Starmer has been forced to reaffirm that Labour has not ruled out a referendum that could cancel Brexit, after John McDonnell appeared to insist the party could only back a vote on the deal itself. Nonetheless, Jeremy Corbyn has said he will work to avoid the “national disaster” of a no-deal Brexit as he travelled to Brussels for meetings at the request of Michel Barnier and Martin Selmayr.
The Department for Exiting the EU has published its third tranche of technical notices as guidance for how to prepare for Brexit if there’s no deal.
Tory Eurosceptics David Davis and Jacob Rees-Mogg have backed a Brexit plan that calls for the UK to begin legal action against the EU in the WTO unless Brussels cedes in the negotiations.
For the Centre for European Reform, Sam Lowe and John Springford have written an article considering how to salvage the Brexit negotiations after Salzburg.
Bruno Le Maire, France’s finance minister, has insisted that the Chequers plan is unacceptable as it undermines a central tenet of the EU and would spell ‘the end of Europe’.
Brussels is reportedly making plans to pass emergency rule changes to cope with a no-deal Brexit in as little as five days, a fast-track process that allows the EU to leave big decisions on contingency measures until a late stage.
Leaked Government documents have revealed that Northern Ireland faces blackouts and drastic electricity price rises in the event of a no-deal Brexit.