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Brexit round up – Week commencing 22 April 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 Constitutional Law Association blog, Stephanie Reynolds has discussed Brexit and what she argues is the not quite constitutionalised status of EU citizenship.
  2. The UK’s accession to the 2005 Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements has been suspended further, until 1 November 2019, meaning the UK will therefore join the Hague Convention the day after the expected date of Brexit.

The UK’s post-Brexit deal with the EU

  1. Tom Watson has argued that Labour will never defeat Nigel Farage if it continues to “sit on the fence” over Brexit and that Labour needs to give much clearer and more enthusiastic backing to another referendum. Meanwhile cross-party Brexit talks between Government ministers and Labour are due to resume.
  2. According to individuals with knowledge of the company’s operations and internal documents, a network of secretive pro-Brexit Facebook campaigns overseen by Sir Lynton Crosby’s company CTF Partners was part of a wider campaign to undermine Theresa May and push Britain towards a hard Brexit.
  3. Nigel Evans, a senior member of the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers has called for Theresa May to step down immediately – suggesting the influential group could set a timetable for her departure.
  4. Theresa May is preparing to give MPs a vote on the withdrawal and implementation bill in the next 10 days, as negotiations with Labour continue. Meanwhile the prime minister is facing a backlash from Conservative activists, and Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, has told her she must spell out her departure plans or face a change in Conservative Party rules that would make it easier to remove her. However, Theresa May survived the attempt to change Tory party rules to make it possible to oust her within weeks.
  5. Financial Times analysis has stated that anti-Brexit parties’ failure to agree a unified slate of candidates to fight the European elections could cost them half of the seats they would have won as a single group.
  6. Theresa May has dropped a plan for a new Brexit vote before the local elections as hopes of an accord with Labour faded.

Impact of Brexit on the economy

  1. The outgoing French ambassador to the US has said that, ‘obsessed by Brexit’, the UK has ‘vanished’ in Washington. Equally, Nancy Pelosi has stated that the US Congress supports Ireland in the face of Brexit challenges, warning that Washington will not strike a UK trade deal if Britain’s withdrawal from the EU undermines the Good Friday peace deal.

Brexit as it affects Practice Areas:

Immigration

The UK and Switzerland have reached an agreement on transitional migration arrangements in the event of a no deal Brexit.