UK and the UN
Evaluation of UK’s international obligations
The Guardian has learned that child refugees are facing abuse and malnutrition in a network of 26 Libyan detention centres the British government is helping to fund.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
Jo Johnson is to throw his weight behind a bid to force the Government to publish economic forecasts that compare its deal with remaining in the EU.
Chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has suggested that the Brexit transition period could be extended to 2022, allowing two extra years for negotiation, though costing billions and enraging Tory Brexiters.
Stepping up efforts to show it has an alternative to Theresa May’s approach, Jeremy Corbyn is to set out Labour’s “good Brexit plan”, saying that leaving the EU must be the catalyst for a “radical programme of investment and real change”, though Corbyn has admitted he does not know how he would vote if the country faced a second EU referendum. Meanwhile Keir Starmer has declared that Labour will work with MPs from other parties to stop the UK falling “off a cliff” by crashing out of the EU without a deal.
Theresa May has written an article in The Spectator rebutting the points against her Brexit deal made by Mr Steerpike. Meanwhile Ian Dunt has written for Politics.co.uk blog that Theresa May’s deal is a humiliation.
In what they say is a warning shot over Theresa May’s ‘broken promises’ on Brexit, the DUP have abstained in several Budget votes.
Ministers will be forced to publish a report on the impact of Theresa May’s Brexit plan after a Tory rebellion forced a Commons climbdown.
Theresa May is to travel to Brussels to finalise the Brexit deal in a meeting with the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker. Meanwhile France and Spain are pushing for extra EU demands on Brexit, with Paris seeking a declaration on fishing rights and Madrid wanting assurances on Gibraltar. However John McDonnell has said Labour should form a minority government if Theresa May fails to get her Brexit deal through the Commons, as the prime minister prepares to travel to Brussels to attempt to strike a final agreement.
The DUP has stated that it will ‘of course’ vote against Theresa May’s Brexit deal in Parliament and activists are set to vent their fury about the deal at their annual conference. Meanwhile Caroline Bell for the Briefings for Brexit blog, has argued that Theresa May’s claims about the withdrawal agreement are not borne out by the text, and leaked Cabinet meeting notes reveal that Jeremy Hunt told the prime minister that her deal was a ‘Turkey trap’.
The Conversation blog has published a post considering the option of a ‘Ukraine-plus’ Brexit deal which could solve Theresa May’s problems.
According to a leaked document on future relations due to be approved at a summit on Sunday, Britain and Brussels have agreed a draft political declaration that pledges an ‘ambitious, broad, deep and flexible partnership’.
Pro-EU MPs are wrangling over the best time to table a Commons vote on a second Brexit referendum with a growing split over whether to wait until after Theresa May’s deal has been rejected.
The Commons Library has published a research briefing containing a list of commonly-used terms and acronyms in the Brexit talks.
Theresa May is to turn to Britain’s business leaders and the public to sell her Brexit deal, after the political declaration failed to win over Conservative Eurosceptic MPs.
Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez has warned that he is ready to torpedo a draft Brexit agreement between the UK and EU over concerns about the future status of Gibraltar.