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Will COVID-19 usher on another decade of austerity within the United Kingdom? What does this mean for the protection of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR)?

A Brief Background As of April 28th 2020, there had been 21,678 COVID-19 related deaths within UK hospitals, bringing the scale of the UK pandemic on par with that of Italy, France, Spain and the US. The slow rate of decline has led to the government stating that lockdown will be imposed for an indefinite period until conditions improve. What can be noted amongst the ongoing effort to flatten the curve is the definitive shift of the UK government’s public expenditure in response to the pandemic. Since the lockdown, the government has inter alia increased the universal credit benefit from £317.82 to £409.89 monthly and has enabled £3.2m in funding to ensure rough sleepers are provided with alternative accommodation. It was made clear by the prior Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osbourne, through a webinar for the Confederation of British Industry on April 13th, that whilst increased public spending is currently to prevent economic catastrophe, once the crisis is subverted the government will be faced with a public debt…

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Brexit

  This, I think, is worth reposting tonight: I’ve seen you change the water into wine I’ve seen you change it back to water, too I sit at your table every night I try but I just don’t get high with you I wish there was a treaty…

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Could International Law Stop a No-Deal Brexit?

At the time of writing – less than 3 weeks until the current ‘Brexit day’ of 31 October 2019 -  all options relating to the UK’s departure from the European Union appear to be on the table. Leaving with a deal, ‘crashing out’, not leaving at all, or anything in between seem equally possible. Much attention has been…

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Sovereignty has “Rock-all” to do with it… or has it? What’s at stake in the recent diplomatic spat between Scotland and Ireland?

Rockall, the tiny, remote, rocky outcrop in the northeast Atlantic – a ghostly peak of an extinct volcano – has periodically appeared in the news at the centre of a longstanding dispute between the UK and Ireland (as well as, more peripherally, Denmark (Faroe Islands) and Iceland too). This dispute has rarely flared up publicly over recent years,…

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Brexit, the Northern Irish Backstop, and Fundamental Change of Circumstances

If, dear readers, you have any doubts that the parliamentary politics of Brexit have emerged from the fever dream of some demented game theorist, I would just ask you to take a very quick look at the events of last week. In their second meaningful vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal, British MPs voted it down by…

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