Labour has challenged the Government to answer 170 in-depth questions on the detail of its Brexit plan.
The letter sent on 12 October to the 'Brexit' Secretary (the Conservative Party’s David Davis) from the Labour Party’s shadow Foreign Secretary (Emily Thornberry) and shadow 'Brexit' Secretary (Sir Keir Starmer), requests answers to 170 key questions (here and here) on the government’s strategy regarding Brexit. Two of these questions in particular concerned the UPC:
“110. Does the government intend to proceed with ratification of the EU agreement to establish a Unified Patent Court, in the agreement’s present form; and if not, what steps is the government taking to negotiate an alternative agreement to which it would be willing to sign up?
111. If the Unified Patent Court (UPC) goes ahead, will the Human Necessities seat of its Central Division continue to be located in London, as prescribed in Article 7(2) of the UPC agreement."
The letter (here) was sent in advance of the October Opposition Day debate in the House of Commons and demands that Parliament should be given a vote on the government’s Brexit plan before Article 50 is triggered. It notes that, as the Prime Minister recently announced that the government will trigger the Article 50 process before 31 March 2017 that gives "a maximum of 170 days before Britain must begin negotiating both the terms of our exit from the European Union, and also our future relationship with our European partners on a host of issues, ranging from trade arrangements to law enforcement cooperation".