The European Council’s endorsement of its pre-prepared conclusions hand the Prime Minister sufficient encouragement to see her through to December. But Jill Rutter argues the next meeting will prove a tougher test.
The Government still hasn’t announced when the EU Withdrawal Bill will return to Parliament. Dr Hannah White says its absence will have an impact on both the Brexit negotiations and the Government’s ability to deliver Brexit-related legislation in time.
The Government continues to receive criticism for its manoeuvres to control debate and scrutiny in the House of Commons. Dr Catherine Haddon argues that such battles also show the opportunities parliamentarians have to assert themselves.
Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer and the Conservatives’ Ken Clarke both say that Parliament should reject a ‘no deal’ outcome on Brexit. Raphael Hogarth argues that this is an issue on which parliamentarians are less powerful than they might hope.
Today’s publication of the interim national infrastructure assessment by the National Infrastructure Commission is welcome, but it is only the first step to improving the country’s infrastructure decision making, argues Daniel Slade.
Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman spoke at the IfG about the challenges facing governments preparing for future wars. He argued that only way to be prepared is to be ready for the unexpected. Chris McNulty highlights the key points.
David Davis and Michel Barnier agree that citizens’ rights should have “direct effect” after Brexit, but Raphael Hogarth argues that it is still far from clear that the UK has found a way to break the deadlock on enforcement.
Headlines on public services pressures are piling up, and pre-Budget calls for more cash are beginning in earnest. Dr Emily Andrews says the Chancellor faces serious constraints – and that spending more money can't be the only answer.