• Remain MPs defiant on Brexit papers’ front page ‘bullying’: Remain MPs have pledged to defy the Daily Express and the Sun after the newspapers published front page editorials urging politicians to back the government when the House of Commons votes on Brexit legislation. In a front page article under the headline “Ignore the will of the people at your peril”, the Express warned politicians that “any betrayal of Brexit will not be forgotten the next time the general election ballot boxes open”. The newspapers’ intervention prompted a backlash from some MPs on Twitter. “Editors/owners of British newspapers who believe we’ll be cowed by your threatening headlines can think again,” said Labour MP Luciana Berger. “Tomorrow I’ll be voting for what I believe is best for my constituents and the future prosperity of our country.” (The Guardian)
  • ‘Hopeless’: UK High Court dismisses crowdfunded challenge to legality of Brexit: Campaigners have failed in their battle to bring a court challenge over the legality of Article 50. The High Court refused to allow the group led by businesswoman Elizabeth Webster to bring a court case about whether a decision to withdraw from the EU for the purposes of Article 50(1) had been made properly. The campaigners, who used crowdfunding to help bring the case, had argued on Tuesday that there had been no such withdrawal decision and the EU referendum was not legally binding. They wanted the High Court to allow a judicial review challenge on the issue which could have potentially stalled any Brexit negotiations. (Financial Times)
  • Brexit is a red herring when it comes to the plight of UK fishermen: A much-delayed fisheries white paper, now expected this month, will set out the government’s vision of an independent British fishing policy post-Brexit. Drafts circulating within the fishing industry are as slippery as freshly caught mackerel. On the one hand, the document says, the government is open to “alternative approaches to the future allocation of quota”. On the other hand, it promises to “recognise” the “business model” which has allowed big fishing companies to buy up (from other fishermen) an indecently large share of catching opportunities in Britain. The same pattern can be observed in some, but not all, other EU fishing countries (The Guardian)