UK & other courts
Lawyers have called on the Foreign Office to fight for the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the Cayman Islands after a challenge to the historic judgment legalising gay marriage.
Evaluation of UK’s international obligations
Sajid Javid, the home secretary, and Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, have ordered officials to make preparations for a war crimes trial in Iraq modelled on those in Rwanda in which British jihadists who fought for Isis could be tried.
The Joint Committee on Human Rights has published a report stating that the use of pain inducing techniques and solitary confinement of children in detention must be banned as these cause physical distress and psychological harm in both the short and longer term, and are clearly not compliant with human rights standards.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
Theresa May, writing to civil servants, has stated that no deal preparations will continue despite the Brexit delay.
No 10 is feeling the pressure to end Brexit talks with Labour and move to an alternative plan, amid warnings that the opposition is in no hurry for a deal before the European elections.
Donald Tusk, European council president, has chastised senior MEPs after he was accused of dividing the EU and prolonging the Brexit crisis for Europe by delaying it to 31 October.
The European Council has published the report and concluding remark by President Donald Tusk to the European Parliament on the Special European Council (art 50) meeting on 10 April.
The Institute for Government has discussed preparations for talks on the UK’s future relationship with the EU. The think tank has warned that Theresa May’s successor must avoid making the same mistakes.
Labour allies from across the EU have piled pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to include a promise to overturn Brexit in his upcoming European Parliament manifesto.