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Brexit round up- Week commencing 29 July 2019

The UK’s post- Brexit deal with the EU

  1. Brussels has hit back at claims the EU is unprepared to cope with the fallout of a no-deal Brexit . The EU is ‘protected’ from no-deal Brexit,‘ Brussels insists .
  2. Boris Johnson has been branded the DUP’s “gopher” by Sinn Fein as the party warned that a no-deal Brexit could lead to a border poll in Northern Ireland.
  3. Boris Johnson has “absolutely” ruled out a general election before the latest Brexit deadline of 31 October.
  4. Boris Johnson and Donald Trump have agreed to start post-Brexit trade talks “as soon as possible” in their first call since Mr Johnson became Prime Minister.
  5. Ruth Davidson has delivered a defiant message to Boris Johnson by saying she “won’t support” a no deal Brexit as Scottish Conservative leader.
  6. UK is less able to cope with hard Brexit than it was in spring, say officials. Analysis includes stark assessments of potential problems including panic-buying and civil disorder.

Impact of Brexit on the Economy

  1. Brexit uncertainty spurs Bank of England to cut UK growth forecasts. Policymakers hold rates steady but see 1 in 3 chance of economy shrinking in early 2020.
  2. Meanwhile the pound slumped to a 28-month low yesterday amid fears of a no-deal Brexit. The Guardian’s Richard Partington, Rob Davies and Rowena Mason have more. 

Impact of Brexit on the Legal Profession

  1. Legal sector faces £3.5bn hit from no-deal Brexit, says Law Society. Disorderly exit could curb lawyers’ access to European market and imperil 10,000 jobs