EU Parliament adopts Brexit resolution to press Britain

The European Union’s legislature has adopted a resolution on Brexit that seeks to put further pressure on British Prime Minister Theresa May. (Wikicommons)
Updated 14 March 2018
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EU Parliament adopts Brexit resolution to press Britain

BRUSSELS: The European Union’s legislature has adopted a resolution on Brexit that seeks to put further pressure on British Prime Minister Theresa May during her negotiations to leave the bloc.
The EU Parliament approved — by 544 votes for, 110 against and 51 exemptions — a text that says Britain should, among other things, not be able to cherry-pick benefits of the EU market in any agreement on future relations.
The legislature is not directly involved in the negotiations but will have to approve any Brexit deal.
EU council President Donald Tusk has also put draft negotiating guidelines on the table that will be discussed at a March 22-23 summit, when the 27 leaders are set to adopt an outline for future negotiations.


UK High Court rules against gender-neutral passports

Passengers wait at Heathrow Airport in London. (AP)
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UK High Court rules against gender-neutral passports

  • The Home Office had said that to introduce a third category would require a change in primary legislation
  • The government would need to consider the impact that such a change would have on the personal safety and wellbeing of the individual

LONDON: A campaigner has lost a legal bid to force the British government to introduce gender-neutral passports.
Christie Elan-Cane had argued at the High Court that the current policy requiring applicants to choose from the categories of male and female is “inherently discriminatory.”
Elan-Cane wanted passports to have an “X” category, for those who regard themselves as neither fully male nor female.
But Justice Jeremy Baker at the High Court refused on Friday to rule that the current passport policy was unlawful.
At a hearing earlier this year, Elan-Cane had argued that the policy contravenes the right to respect for private life, and the right to freedom from discrimination on the basis of sex or gender, enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Home Office had said that to introduce a third category would require a change in primary legislation.
Before such legislation could be introduced, it said, the government would need to consider the impact that such a change would have on the personal safety and wellbeing of the individual, as well as wider issues including public protection, and combating identity theft and fraud.