Brexit round-up – week commencing 19 Dec 2016


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

Brexit and the UK constitution

  1. Theresa May is risking clashing with Parliament after repeatedly refusing to commit to an MP vote on a final Brexit deal.
  2. The Political Studies Association has published a paper entitled Brexit: Six months on.
  3. The BBC has written a review of what has happened so far in Britain in the wake of the Brexit vote.

The UK’s post-Brexit deal with the EU

  1. Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled ‘soft Brexit’ plans for Scotland, aiming to stay in the EU single market after Brexit. However, Spain has been quick to reject these plans, demonstrating its fears of feeding its own nationalist debate over independence in Catalonia.
  2. The HoC Justice Select Committee has heard from experts in commercial and family law on the implications of Brexit for the justice system.
  3. Following Advocate General Sharpston’s Opinion that an EU free trade deal with Singapore must be agreed by all member states, a post-Brexit deal may have to be agreed by at least 38 national and regional parliaments. According to Business Insider UK this could be up to 48 different European governments with a veto power.

Impact of Brexit on the economy

  1. The consultancy firm Deloitte which was caught up in a Brexit memo leak scandal has been forced by the Prime Minister to forfeit millions of pounds worth of Government contracts in a six month hiatus following the incident.
  2. The Guardian analysis has shown that Brexit is beginning to feed through into the economy, with rising inflation offsetting brisk trade for businesses.
  3. The CBI business lobby group has warned that UK firms need to continue to have “barrier-free” access to European Union markets after Brexit.

Brexit as it affects Practice Areas:

Competition and Regulatory

TheCityUK has published a paper on the impact of Brexit on the UK-based legal services sector, particularly discussing factors impacting its competitiveness.

Human Rights, Equality and Discrimination

The Joint Select Committee on Human Rights has published a paper considering the human rights implications of Brexit.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission have published an article discussing the importance of child rights education after Brexit.


  1. The British Institute of International and Comparative Law is hosting a lecture entitled Oversight of the Rule of Law in the European Union: Opportunities and Challenges. This is being held on 16 Jan 2016 between 4pm and 7pm at Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5JP. It counts as 2.5 CPD hours.