Tory infighting over Brexit: who won this week?

Theresa May’s Chequers deal hangs by a thread after another week of Conservative party clashes

Was this the week when Tory Brexiters overplayed their hand?

It is been a difficult week for the hard-Brexit-backing European Research Group. A promised policy paper on the “Brexit dividend” had to be ditched after an embarrassing leak that contained unlikely ideas such as developing a Star Wars-style defence system against incoming nuclear missiles and establishing an expeditionary force to deal with Falklands-style attacks.

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Australia is reported to UN human rights council over illegal detention of asylum seekers

Government condemned for arbitrary detention of three asylum seekers, including a stateless man held for nearly nine years

United Nations body has condemned Australia’s arbitrary detention of three asylum seekers, one of whom has been held without charge or trial for nearly nine years.

The UN working group on arbitrary detention – which reports to the human rights council, on which Australia sits – said in its annual report it was concerned by “the rising prevalence of deprivation of liberty of immigrants and asylum seekers” worldwide and “the growing use of detention in the context of migration”.

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