Prime Minister May told the leaders of European countries to commit more to defence spending and deliver on the 2% of GDP spending. Countries under the NATO agreement have previously agreed to spend 2% of national GDP on defence however that hasn’t been the case.
Whilst Britain and the US are 2 of the five who do spend that level, May was well within her right to ask for more.
The UK’s Prime Minister also used the opportunity to start to converse with leaders about the deal Britain are looking for. Theresa May started discussions for national living in foreign countries hoping that the rules can be reciprocal. There is major uncertainty as to what might happen to expats from different countries, so getting early answers out there could settle many minds.
The Prime Minister of Malts who is currently head of the rotating EU Presidency have suggested that the UK will not end up with a better deal than full EU members. However, he was keen to point out that control of UK borders could give the UK the deal they want. It appears to be coming apparent across the EU that the initial emptions of Brexit are wearing down and practicality has started to settle in. Whilst there is still a long way to go with negotiations the fact Theresa May has made it clear what Britain want to achieve, suggests there could be progress.
Fresh High Court Challenge Squashed
A second-High Court challenge has been rejected as a group of campaigners tried to challenge the Government once more. This time the focus was on leaving the single market and that there should be a focus to a soft-Brexit as opposed to the full exit Theresa May is aiming for. The High Court were quick to remove the challenge and will provide reasons for their decision in the near future.