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Brexit round-up – Week Commencing 5 August 2019

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

The UK’s Post- Brexit Deal with the EU

  1. The PM’s spokesman yesterday insisted that “no ifs, no buts” the UK will be leaving the EU on 31 October, and the penny seems to have dropped in the EU that Johnson really does mean it, even if that means departing in a disorderly fashion. Downing Street has refused to say whether Boris Johnson would regard a vote in parliament against a no-deal departure as sufficient reason to change course. Meanwhile, the Telegraph reports how Boris Johnson’s hardline Brexit stance is winning back public confidence, according to a new poll. Edward Malnick has more.
  2. New Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson is calling on the “Gaukeward squad” of pro-EU Tories to “stand up and be counted” and block a no-deal Brexit. The Independent has the story.
  3. MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit have suggested a cross-party government could be formed with the sole purpose of requesting an extension to the UK’s departure from the EU, if Boris Johnson’s government loses a no-confidence vote this autumn. Meanwhile, Boris Johnson’s top aide Dominic Cummings has said MPs are too late to stop a no-deal Brexit, even if a general election is called. The Sunday Telegraph has more. 
  4. European diplomats were told yesterday that further negotiations with the UK were pointless so long as the PM insists on removing the Irish backstop from the existing withdrawal agreement. As a result, a no-deal departure is now viewed as the “central scenario”, meaning it’s more likely to happen than not. Meanwhile, Stephen Barclay has urged Michel Barnier to seek a fresh mandate from European leaders in order to make changes to the Brexit agreement and avoid a no-deal exit.
  5. Dominic Grieve insists pro-Remain MPs can still stop no-deal Brexit as he blasts ‘disinformation’ from Dominic Cummings.
  6. A no-deal Brexit could lead to schools being forced to close, exams being disrupted and a lack of fresh food for pupils’ meals, according to an official government document.
  7. Ministers have come under fire for pledging five times as much money towards no-deal “propaganda” as they have promised to help councils prepare for a no-deal Brexit.
  8. EU citizens are being refused Universal Credit despite having the legal right to reside in the UK, according to an investigation by the Guardian’s Patrick Butler and Jennifer Rankin.