UK in Strasbourg
A case involving a Christian bakery in Northern Ireland, which refused to make a cake with a slogan supporting same-sex marriage, has been referred to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Gareth Lee tried but failed to order the £36.50 cake at Ashers bakery in Belfast in May 2014. The company declined the order as it was “at odds” with its beliefs. Last year, the firm won its appeal at the UK Supreme Court, which ruled its actions were not discriminatory. Mr Lee’s latest legal bid will argue that the Supreme Court “failed to give appropriate weight” to him under the European Convention of Human Rights.
UK and the UN
Ambassador Karen Pierce, UK Permanent Representative to the UN, issues statement at the Security Council briefing on the promotion and strengthening of the rule of law in the maintenance of international peace and security
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
MPs who want to block a no-deal Brexit are running out of options and now stand little chance of stopping Boris Johnson from going through with it, according to a leading think tank.
Jeremy Corbyn has urged fellow opposition party leaders and senior backbenchers to support him in a “time-limited” government to help block a no-deal Brexit. Opposition parties have given a mixed reaction and the Lib Dems have rejected Jeremy Corbyn’s call to make him PM to block no-deal Brexit.
Meanwhile, in veiled swipe at Philip Hammond, Boris Johnson has hit out at a “terrible collaboration” between MPs who want to block Brexit and the EU, saying it is forcing the UK towards no-deal. Boris Johnson has identified 9 September as the key date in the upcoming fight with MPs who want to block a no-deal Brexit, according to a senior Government source.
Philip Hammond has told Boris Johnson he risks a “betrayal” of the 2016 Brexit referendum if he leaves the European Union without an agreement. The Telegraph’s Camilla Tominey reports that Philip Hammond sought advice from the Electoral Commission about holding a second referendum when he was Chancellor.
Events and Seminars
11th September 2019, 14:00 – 16:00,
British Institute of International and Comparative Law,
Charles Clore House,
17 Russell Square,
LONDON, WC1B 5JP