UK and the UN
The UNA-UK welcome Mr Johnson’s pledge to pursue an “outward-looking and truly global Britain, generous in temper and engaged with the world” in his inaugural speech as Prime Minister.
UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The Rt Hon Dominic Raab has been appointed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and First Secretary of State. The new Foreign Secretary spoke to media on arrival at the Foreign Office.
UK in Strasbourg
The European Court of Human Rights has unanimously declared the application Miller v the United Kingdom (application no. 32001/18) inadmissible in a decision which is final. The case concerned the applicant’s complaint under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights (right to life) that the UK authorities had failed to carry out an effective investigation into the killing of his son, Corporal Simon Miller, and other members of the Royal Military Police (RMP) in Iraq in 2003.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
The UK Government is now operating on the assumption of a no-deal Brexit, and has announced £2bn fund to ramp up no-deal Brexit preparations. Meanwhile, word of a no-deal Brexit has spurred the Bank of England to cut UK growth forecasts. Policymakers hold rates steady but see 1 in 3 chance of economy shrinking in early 2020. The pound slumped to a 28-month low yesterday amid fears of a no-deal Brexit. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has absolutely” ruled out a general election before the latest Brexit deadline of 31 October while Brussels insists that the EU is ‘protected’ from no-deal Brexit.