Evaluation of UK’s International Obligations
Spread too thin? The UK Government must be more selective in how it prioritises diplomatic and programming work in South America with a view to mutual security, stability and prosperity say the Foreign Affairs Committee in its Report on Global Britain and South America.
The British Institute for International and Comparative Law has announced the launch of a new project entitled: Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts. The project, which is funded by the United States Government, assesses the links and sequencing of specific factors that have yielded improved political will and capacity in national governments to address trafficking in persons and which have led to sustained and comprehensive anti-trafficking efforts. It seeks to answer the practical question asked by anti-trafficking actors namely: what is likely to result in positive changes to anti-trafficking efforts?
UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
The DUP will never accept a Brexit deal that sees Northern Ireland signed up to different customs rules to the rest of the United Kingdom, Arlene Foster has warned Boris Johnson. The UK government has since suggested placing customs checks away from the Irish border as a way of breaking the Brexit deadlock. However, reports say that Boris Johnson’s hopes of securing a new Brexit deal have diminished after the DUP launched a furious attack on Ireland’s response to the Prime Minister’s latest offer.
On Wednesday, Boris Johnson presented the UK’s final Brexit offer to the EU. The EU Parliament, Irish government and European Commission have all said the UK’s offer does not go far enough. Meanwhile, UK Brexit negotiator David Frost was told on Friday that the EU would “not engage” with the UK’s alternative backstop plans or enter a negotiating “tunnel” without major surgery to the government’s confidential 40-page paper.
Boris Johnson will ask the EU for an Brexit delay if he fails to get a deal within the next two weeks, government documents have confirmed.
Date: 25th October 2019
Time: 18:00- 19:00