UK & other courts
Civil rights organisation Liberty has brought an action in court, challenging the legality of the intelligence services’ bulk surveillance activities under which personal data is obtained from social media companies as well as through hacking and interception.
British arms sales to Saudi Arabia that were used in Yemen have been declared unlawful by the Court of Appeal because they contributed to indiscriminate civilian casualties in the bombing campaign from forces led by the Gulf kingdom
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson is to say that the party must adopt a clear anti-Brexit stance.
Tory grandee Ken Clarke has promised to vote to bring down any ‘idiot’ future Tory prime minister if they attempt to force a no-deal Brexit through Parliament.
EU negotiators reportedly expect to see Boris Johnson as the next Prime Minister – but think he will U-turn on his promise to take the UK out of the EU by October 31.
In the Spectator, Robert Peston has discussed how the Tory leadership candidates will solve the Irish border question.
Signalling that the EU is not willing to countenance a ‘managed no-deal’, Michel Barnier has rejected an appeal by the Stephen Barclay, the UK’s Brexit secretary, for the full gamut of citizens’ rights in the withdrawal agreement to be protected in the event of a no-deal exit.
Jeremy Corbyn faced a crunch meeting of the Shadow Cabinet amid mounting pressure to throw the party’s weight fully behind a second referendum on Brexit. However, he rebuffed the calls to shift Labour’s position.
EU leaders have concluded that Britain will crash out of the EU on 31st October unless Theresa May’s Brexit deal is ratified or a new prime minister calls a second referendum or general election this summer. Meanwhile, ruling out Boris Johnson’s calls for renegotiation, Leo Varadkar has warned of enormous EU hostility to a Brexit delay.
A YouGov poll has found that 54% of Conservative Party members would rather see their party destroyed in order to achieve Brexit, and a majority would be willing to pay for Brexit with the breakup of the UK.
For the UK in a Changing Europe, Dr Craig Berry has argued that the new prime minister must establish a cross-regional approach.