Law and religion round-up – 3rd November

A week in which John Bercow retired as Speaker of the Commons and Hallowe’en turned out to be … the eve of All Saints


The EU Council agreed to give the UK a flexible extension of membership under Article 50 until 31 January 2020. On Tuesday 29 October, all stages of the Early Parliamentary General Election Act 2019 were completed and it was agreed that there should be a General Election on Thursday 12 December; in spite of the availability of a multiplicity of ditches, the Prime Minister appeared at PM’s Questions on Wednesday as usual. The situation was summed up by Michael Sadgrove who tweeted: “The curious incident of what happened on #BrexitDay.” “But nothing happened on Brexit Day.” “That was the curious incident.”

Opposite sex civil partnerships

On 29 October we posted Opposite sex civil partnerships – a further update … in which we reviewed The Draft Civil Partnership (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019, which were laid before Parliament last week. Continue reading