UK & other courts
The UAE have released on bail the UK student Matthew Hodges who has been being held on suspected spy charges, though he remains under ‘constant monitoring’ until his hearing on November 21st.
A man fighting against extradition to America has brought a legal challenge against the Holyrood and UK Governments over their failure to introduce a safeguard against deportation into Scots law.
Evaluation of UK’s international obligations
The Independent Commission for Aid Impact has published a review assessing DFID’s results in improving maternal health.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
Figures released by the Cabinet Office have shown that consultancy firms pocketed £1.6m of taxpayers’ money in a single month from government contracts to help with Brexit preparations.
A cross-party group of MPs are reportedly plotting a Commons push for a second Brexit referendum.
At least five Cabinet ministers have reportedly warned Theresa May that her Brexit deal will condemn Britain to becoming a “colony” of the EU.
The British public are wrong on key facts around Brexit and the UK’s relationship with the EU, a new study by the Policy Institute at King’s College London, in partnership with Ipsos MORI and the UK in a Changing Europe, has found. Meanwhile David Hannay, member of the House of Lords and former UK ambassador to the EU and UN, has argued that British diplomacy is being marginalised by Brexit and James Kirkup has argued in The Spectator that Cameron’s misreading of Merkel led to Brexit.
The Financial Times has considered what the consequences for Brexit will be of Angela Merkel stepping down as leader of the CDU and not seeking a fifth term as chancellor.
According to a survey by Conservative Home, one in ten respondents prefer the option of a deal moving from a Norway to Canada arrangement, whilst almost half want Canada Plus Plus Plus.
Members of the Lords, including a management board member of Make Votes Count and a former ambassador and UK Permanent Representative to the European Union, have debated the case for a People’s Vote on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
EU Brexit negotiators are exploring a compromise on a plan for Northern Ireland that would give the UK stronger guarantees that a customs border would not be needed along the Irish sea. Meanwhile Professor Anand Menon has written an article discussing the complexities of the backstop.