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Brexit round up – Week commencing 29 April 2019

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

Brexit and the UK constitution

  1. Representatives from the Scottish Parliament have set out their recommendations following the seventh Interparliamentary Forum on Brexit.

The UK’s post-Brexit deal with the EU

  1. Jeremy Hunt has said he would rather the UK left the EU without a deal than stay in the bloc. He has warned that Tory MPs could be forced to drop their support for Theresa May’s Brexit deal if she signs a compromise agreement with Labour. However, there are hopes of a Brexit deal being struck between Labour and the Government after both sides said progress had been made in the latest round of talks.
  2. Jeremy Corbyn has been put under fresh pressure over the Labour’s referendum stance as a string of Labour MEP candidates for the European elections have signed a pledge to campaign for a public vote on any Brexit deal, meaning Labour was set for a showdown. In the end, the party’s ruling national executive committee agreed that another nationwide poll should only be ‘an option’ if it cannot force a general election, meaning Labour’s manifesto for the European Parliament will not contain a pledge to hold a second Brexit referendum.
  3. Grassroots Conservatives have told Theresa May she will face an unprecedented meeting demanding her resignation over Brexit.
  4. Michael Gove has told Cabinet ministers that they would be better to accept an ‘unpalatable’ Brexit deal with Labour than risk never leaving the European Union at all.
  5. The Financial Times has discussed how the prospect of Boris Johnson, former foreign secretary, becoming prime minister is permeating all debates on what comes next in Brexit.
  6. Theresa May has been weighing remaining in the EU customs union to appease Labour, with The Times reporting she is preparing to keep the customs union rules.
  7. Prime Minister Theresa May, gave oral evidence to the House of Commons Liaison Committee regarding the progress of Brexit.
  8. In the UK local elections, with the Tories and Labour both suffering losses, Brexit paralysis has been blamed for the rising strength of the Lib Dems and other parties.

Impact of Brexit on the economy

  1. A survey of central bank money managers has found that Brexit will threaten the pound’s status as a global reserve currency, as it will alter their views on sterling.
  2. UK manufacturing growth slowed in April as companies eased their stockpiling following the delay of Brexit and new export orders declined.
  3. For the UKTPO, Dr Minako Morita-Jaeger has discussed how Brexit uncertainty is disturbing UK-Japan trade relations.
  4. Investment funds based in the UK lost £30bn in the 12 months to the end of March, as Brexit uncertainty prompted investors to spurn UK assets and shift money to EU regulated products.
  5. The Department for International Trade has published guidance on exporting country by country after Brexit if there’s no deal.
  6. Sir William Cash MP, chair of the European Scrutiny Committee, has written to George Hollingbery MP, minister of state for trade policy at the Department for International Trade, criticising the lack of information and clarity on external trade and investment agreements the UK is, or is expected to, become party to before Brexit.
  7. P&O, the ferry operator, is taking action against the Government over a £33 million payout to Eurotunnel due to Brexit that the ferry operator claims will put it at a competitive disadvantage.
  8. The Welsh Government has launched a consultation entitled ‘Brexit and our Seas’ seeking views on fisheries management and sustainable fisheries, among other things.

Brexit as it affects Practice Areas:

The House of Commons Library has published a paper on Brexit questions in national and EU courts.

Health

The European Medicines Agency has updated its Q&A guidance document on the preparatory work that EU authorities are doing to prevent medicine shortages to minimise the impact on the supply of medicines if the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

Education

Theresa May is facing a Cabinet row over plans to charge EU nationals the same rates as other international students to study at English universities, in a move that critics claim undermines Britain’s competitiveness.

Environment

An Environmental Audit Committee report has raised serious concerns with the draft Environment (Governance and Principles) Bill—proposed legislation to ensure the protection of the UK environment after Brexit. MPs concluded they are unable to assess the full implications of the Bill for the environment due to its lack of coherence over the role of government departments and lack of clarity over principles and governance.