Brexit round up – Week commencing 1 July 2019


Matrix’s Legal Support Service provides a round-up of Brexit-related links and news.

Brexit and the UK constitution

  1. For The UK in a Changing Europe, Professor Glen O’Hara has discussed whether Brexit will break the two party system.

The UK’s post-Brexit deal with the EU

  1. Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator, Olly Robbins, is to quit his role shortly after the new Prime Minister takes over in July.
  2. Supporters of the two Conservative leadership candidates have sought to play down the chances of a no-deal Brexit, after business groups reiterated their warnings about the economic damage this could wreak.
  3. Jeremy Hunt has stated he would allow a no-deal Brexit with a heavy heart in an attempt to burnish his credentials with Eurosceptic Conservatives.
  4. John Bercow has blocked a plan to stop no deal Brexit by cutting off Government spending.
  5. European leaders have warned the next Prime Minister they will not shift position on Brexit as Ursula von der Leyen was nominated as the new European Commission chief. However, British officials are overall relieved at the appointments, with von der Leyen seen as someone the UK can work with.
  6. The House of Lords has voted in favour of an authoritative and independent assessment on no-deal Brexit.

Impact of Brexit on the economy

  1. Jeremy Hunt has pledged to hand the farming and fishing industries a £6bn cash boost to help them cope with a no-deal Brexit if he becomes Prime Minister.
  2. In a speech to more than 100 business leaders Theresa May has called on her successor to take a firmly pro-business stance after Brexit.
  3. Ratings company Moody’s has hardened its warnings over the economic impact of a no-deal Brexit, and now believes the UK “would likely enter a recession” if it crashes out of the EU.
  4. Peter Ward of the United Kingdom Warehousing Association has told BBC Newsnight that UK warehouses are ‘full’, raising doubts about the ability of UK firms to stockpile goods ahead of a potential no-deal Brexit on 31 October.
  5. Sainsbury’s has warned that a no-deal Brexit will disrupt food supplies.
  6. Influential lobby group Northern Powerhouse Partnership has claimed that the north of England will face massive cuts to regeneration funding after Brexit.

Brexit as it affects Practice Areas:

The European Scrutiny Committee has launched an inquiry examining post-Brexit scrutiny of EU law and policy.

Human Rights, Equality and Discrimination

The House of Lords Justice Committee has highlighted the loss of the European Union’s charter of fundamental rights as one of its most significant concerns.