UK and the UN
The British Institute of Human Rights outlines the concerns it raised at the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture’s recent visit to the UK here.
Freedom from Torture and seven other leading organisations have published a new report, Lessons Not Learned, which exposes the historical and systemic failures of asylum decision-making in the UK.
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
This week has seen a landmark challenge to the government’s prorogation of Parliament before the Supreme Court. The UKSC Blog has been following the case here. A government minister has refused to rule out the possibility of Boris Johnson suspending Parliament again if he loses in the Supreme Court.
Jean-Claude Juncker has raised hopes of a Brexit deal, telling Sky News yesterday that an agreement by October 31 was possible and that the UK’s plans to allow Northern Ireland to align with EU rules on food and agri-products was “the basis of a deal”. Meanwhile, by an overwhelming majority of 544 votes to 126, with 38 abstentions, the European Parliament voted on Wednesday to grant the UK more time, if needed and under certain conditions, to negotiate its withdrawal from the EU.
The UK has to put down a written proposal on how to replace the Irish backstop to the EU by September 30, according to the Finnish prime minister and holder of the bloc’s rotating presidency. Meanwhile, the Democratic Unionist party’s leader, Arlene Foster, has signalled it is ready to do a Brexit deal, indicating for the first time a willingness to accept a bespoke solution for Northern Ireland.
The Liberal Democrats will revoke Article 50 to stop Brexit if they win the next election, its members have agreed.