Catherine Barnard, professor of EU law at Cambridge, outlines how Article 50 and European Council guidelines have forced a negotiating framework on to the UK. The EU’s adherence to these structures is why Theresa May attempted to go over the head of the European Commission and appeal directly to leaders of the EU member states in her Florence speech. She knows the Commission will only negotiate within the guidelines member states give it, so she asked them to give it a new mandate. The question, Barnard says, is whether the EU will be willing to play ball. Meanwhile, Theresa May has refused to deny the government received legal advice that Brexit can be stopped if MPs vote against any exit deal she secures.

The Daily Telegraph The Independent, Page: 5 The Daily Telegraph, Page: 4

Posted 10/10/2017


Michael Gove is drawing up plans for tougher sentences for animal cruelty offences. The Environment Secretary wants the maximum prison term of six months – one of the lowest in Europe – to be increased to five years.

Daily Mail, Page: 1

Posted 30/09/2017


Sheffield City Council has accumulated £250,000 in legal expenses defending its controversial tree felling operations. A council spokesman said it took a pragmatic approach and had sought the best possible deal, but campaigners said the cost to taxpayers in the city could have been avoided.

BBC News The Guardian, Page: 25

Posted 29/09/2017


The Law Society of Scotland has warned that Brexit could result in delays in patients getting new medicines due to the relocation of the European Medicines Agency, while the UK’s plans to leave Euratom may harm the supply of the medical radioisotopes required for radiotherapy. A paper published by The Law Society states: “There is a serious concern that the early diagnosis and treatment of cancer will be greatly affected by leaving the Euratom.” It is therefore “vitally important that Brexit negotiators ensure that the access and availability of nuclear health materials is safeguarded.”

The Scotsman

Posted 26/09/2017

Writing in the Independent, Matthew Claxson, a partner at Moore Blatch, argues in favour of new laws to clarify the rights and obligations of cyclists and offer greater legal indemnities to those who are caught up in collisions whilst cycling in a designated lane. “A new Road Safety Bill that both addresses the deficiencies in the existing law, and recognises the vulnerability of cyclists on the road, would go a long way to making sure that the law is fit for the twenty-first century, not the nineteenth,” he concludes.

The Independent

Posted 20/09/2017

Former shareholders in Northern Rock have asked the prime minister to listen to their moral case for compensation. A delegation of investors visited 10 Downing Street yesterday to hand in a letter to Theresa May, setting out their claim that it is unfair that the government has received all of the proceeds from sales of Northern Rock’s assets.

The Guardian, Page: 27

Posted 15/09/2017


A British grandmother and her daughter have been detained by Spanish police on suspicion of masterminding a holiday sickness scam. Five other people are also said to have been detained. Their arrest comes amid a clampdown by authorities on sickness scams on Majorca. Separately, the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) is warning that proposed changes to civil law in Scotland could mean sickness compensation claims start migrating north of the Border.

The Times, Page: 19   The Daily Telegraph, Page: 7   Daily Mail, Page: 33    The Scotsman, Page: 17

Posted 07/09/2017

Labour MP Geraint Davies has presented a bill calling for a referendum on the final Brexit deal. He said: “There is growing momentum from across the political spectrum to challenge May’s vision of a hard Brexit, and the cross-party support for my Bill illustrates that.” He added that the British people “have the right to a final say on the exit package, or to stay in the EU if a deal fails to meet what people want and reasonably expect.”

Evening Standard   The Independent

Posted 07/09/2017

Illegal schools and disenfranchised communities are helping to create extremists, the national police counterterrorism co-ordinator has warned. Neil Basu, the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terror chief, commented: “Segregated, isolated communities, unregulated education and home schooling are a breeding ground for extremists and future terrorists”. Mr Basu added that radicalisation via social media continued to be a concern for safeguarding younger generations.

The Times, Page: 6   The Daily Telegraph   Daily Mail, Page: 1, 6, 14   Daily Mirror, Page: 13

Posted 05/09/2017

David Davies, the executive director of the parliamentary advisory council for transport safety, has said laws governing the use of mobility scooters might need to be introduced to take account of the increased number of scooters, e-bikes and “non-conventional” vehicles using Britain’s roads. Government figures show mobility scooters were involved in 222 accidents in 2015, eight of which were fatal. It was up from 209 a year earlier, 156 in 2013 and 84 in 2012.

The Times, Page: 22

Posted 04/09/2017