Evaluation of UK’s international obligations
A report by the Prison Reform Trust has found that England and Wales send more people to prison each year than anywhere else in western Europe, describing the figures as ‘shameful’.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
Cabinet ministers have blasted Boris Johnson’s plan for no-deal Brexit, dismissing it as not a ‘credible’ strategy. Meanwhile Boris Johnson has acknowledged that there could be no transition period under a no-deal Brexit without the help of the EU.
Nicky Morgan and Greg Hands have suggested ‘alternative arrangements’ to avoid using the so-called Irish backstop but have admitted these depend on extremely close co-operation between London, Dublin and Brussels.
Labour splits on Brexit have erupted again after Unite, the party’s biggest union backer, warned Jeremy Corbyn not to support staying in the EU.
Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, issued a statement following the Euro summit meeting outlining the Council’s position on Brexit, and reaffirming the desire to avoid a disorderly exit and that the Withdrawal Agreement cannot be renegotiated.
The Times has published a sector-by-sector break down of what could happen if the UK leaves the EU without a deal at the end of October.
Boris Johnson has stated that, if he becomes Prime Minister, every member of his Cabinet must sign up to Britain leaving the EU on 31st October, deal or no deal. However, Jeremy Hunt has accused Boris Johnson of trying to mislead people about the potential impacts of a no-deal Brexit.
Although, Boris Johnson has refused to rule out suspending Parliament to make sure MPs cannot stop Brexit from happening on 31 October, a cross-party group of MPs have threatened to shut down the Government if the next Prime Minister tries to ignore Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.
Elmar Brok, long-time associate of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has predicted that Britain will ask to rejoin the European Union in a decade.