• Industry pushes for UK space programme ahead of Brexit: The UK’s space industry is calling for a national space programme and targeted public procurement to help overcome the challenges of the UK’s exit from the EU and spur £1bn in private investment over the next decade. The call comes as the UK is locked in a dispute over participation in the EU’s Galileo satellite navigation system after Brussels proposed banning British companies from sensitive parts of the project. The Space Growth Partnership, which brings together industry, academia and policymakers, called for the programme in a new document, entitled “Prosperity from Space”. It highlights the need for continued participation in European space projects to drive growth, and calls for an enhancement of the UK’s relationship with the European Space Agency, while maintaining “at least the current level of investment”. (The Financial Times)
  • UK has seen ‘Brexit-related’ growth in racism, says UN representative: Speaking at the end of her mission to the UK, Prof Tendayi Achiume, the UN special rapporteur on racism, pointed to a Brexit-related growth in “explicit racial, ethnic and religious intolerance”, including extreme views that have gained ground in mainstream political parties of the left and the right. Achiume spent 11 days in the UK investigating the impact of Brexit on racial equality. But she went beyond that mandate, highlighting the scandal of misapplication of “hostile environment” policies on the Windrush generation of Caribbean migrants, the disproportionate criminalisation of black people, and the “sustained and pervasive” vilification of Muslims via Prevent, the government’s counter-radicalisation strategy. (The Guardian)
  • Leave.EU fined £70,000 for breaking electoral law during referendum: Campaign group Leave.EU has been fined £70,000 for breaches of election law in the 2016 EU referendum. The Electoral Commission said the group – which was separate from the official pro-Brexit group Vote Leave – failed to report “at least” £77,380 it spent. It has also referred Leave.EU chief executive Liz Bilney to the police following its investigation into what it calls “serious offences”. Leave.EU co-founder Arron Banks called it a “politically motivated attack”. The investigation also looked into whether Leave.EU had received any services from Cambridge Analytica which should have been declared on its spending return but found no evidence that the group received donations or paid for services from the political consultancy. (BBC News / The Independent)