Brexit round up – Week commencing 27 May 2019


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

Brexit and the UK constitution

1.    Speaking this week at a post-European elections EU summit in Brussels, Jean-Claude Juncker, the outgoing European Commission president, emphatically ruled out changing the withdrawal accord.

2.    The Brexit deadlock could be broken by a second referendum or a general election, Phillip Hammond, the Chancellor has said.

3.    Jeremy Corbyn has said a second referendum is “some way off” and that Labour still wants to negotiate a better Brexit deal.

The UK’s post-Brexit deal with the EU

  1. Latest YouGov poll on how the public would vote in a general election puts the Liberal Democrats first on 24 per cent and Nigel Farage’s Brexit party second on 22 per cent. The Conservatives and Labour are tied in third place on 19 per cent, with the Greens on 8 per cent.
  2. Matt Hancock becomes latest Tory MP to announce he is running to succeed Theresa May
  3. Amber Rudd rules herself out of Tory leadership race and hints she could support Boris Johnson
  4. Boris Johnson says Brexit will happen on 31 October ‘deal or no deal’ if he becomes PM
  5. Vince Cable kicks off Lib Dem leadership contest as he confirms departure date for end of July
  6. Kit Malthouse – he of Malthouse Compromise fame – is the latest to toss his hat into the ring via the pages of The Sun this morning, following hard on the heels of Sajid Javid, who confirmed his candidacy yesterday.
  7. Labour party has expelled Alastair Campbell for voting Lib Dem for the first time in his life in last week’s European elections

Impact of Brexit on the economy

  1. Holger Schmieding, chief economist at Berenberg bank in London, says: “After a no-deal Brexit, the EU27 would present the UK with the demand to first pay its dues, as specified in the withdrawal agreement, at every instance at which the UK and the much bigger EU would have a need to negotiate in the future.
  2. The EU’s deputy Brexit negotiator, Sabine Weyand, will lead the trade unit in the EU commission from June, meaning she would oversee future trade negotiations with the UK

Brexit as it affects Practice Areas:


1.      Increase in skilled migration from outside EU needed to plug jobs gap amid Brexit uncertainty, says Home Office review

Election law

1.      Boris Johnson will be summonsed to court over accusations he was lying when he said the UK gave the EU £350 million a week – a charge private prosecutors believe amounts to misconduct in public office.