Unemployment levels in the UK fell in the three months between May and July to a 45-year low. Wage growth has been accelerating, with monthly wage growth above 3% since September 2018. Such growth has not been experienced since the financial crisis.
On 11 September 2019, the Scottish Court of Session ruled that the Prime Minister’s prorogation of Parliament for a period of 5 weeks between 9 September 2019 and 14 October 2019 was unlawful. The Government’s appeal against this decision was heard in the Supreme Court last week. At the same time, the Supreme Court also considered an appeal from a challenge made in the English High Court in which it was held the matter was non-justiciable. On 24 September 2019 the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the decision of the Scottish Court, rejected the decision of the English High Court and found the prorogation unlawful.
High Court judges have rejected Gina Miller’s case arguing that Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was “an unlawful abuse of power” but permitted an immediate appeal to the Supreme Court on 17th September due to the important points of law at stake.
The new Greek prime minister has proposed a pragmatic deal to end a historic battle over the Parthenon marbles (a collection of Classical Greek marble structures).This could signal an opportunity for France and Germany to strengthen the support for a united EU, against Britain’s euroscepticism.