Brexit round-up – week commencing 22 May 2017


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

Brexit and the UK constitution

  1. For the London Review of Books (paywall), Alan Finlayson has written an essay analysing Brexitism – an ‘unusual political philosophy’.
  2. The Financial Times discusses the law and politics of the EU’s Brexit bill.
  3. Scottish Legal News is sponsoring a conference, Brexit and Scotland: implications for law and government on 29 May 2017. Aidan O’Neill QC will be speaking.

The UK’s post-Brexit deal with the EU

  1. Politico reports that the EU’s General Affairs Council will be getting ‘a new lease of life’ through Brexit, approving the detailed directives for Michel Barnier. EU ministers have endorsed 18 pages of legally binding instructions for the EU’s chief negotiator.
  2. With the EU having agreed its position, Michel Barnier has stated that the bloc is ready for Brexit talks, playing down suggestions that these may collapse. Meanwhile the Centre for European Reform has published a paper arguing that no deal would be much worse than a bad deal.
  3. The former head of the Government Legal Department, Sir Paul Jenkins, has stated that Whitehall needs better political guidance on Brexit priorities, warning of civil service ‘strains’.
  4. Brussels has issued its criteria for deciding the post-Brexit home of the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority, currently based in London, setting the stage for a five month battle between states.
  5. The Conversation blog has argued that the EU’s Singapore trade deal ruling will not result in a smoother Brexit road for the UK.
  6. The RAND Corporation have published an overview report discussing defence and security after Brexit, exploring the possible implications.

Impact of Brexit on the economy

  1. Brussels has urged the UK to control public finances ahead of Brexit. It has added a new item to the estimated €100bn exit bill – English teacher salaries at Brussels’ elite European schools for two years post Brexit – showing the level of precise detail in the EU negotiating paper.
  2. The LSE Brexit blog has published a discussion arguing that global trade will not be able to replace the value to the EU Single Market for the UK.
  3. Bloomberg reports that the Institute of Directors has stated that the next UK Government should publish a detailed list of Brexit negotiating priorities immediately after next month’s election.
  4. The European Central Bank has ruled out the possibility that Brexit could pose a major threat to the euro area economy, in a reaction running counter to warnings from the Bank of England.
  5. Guardian analysis shows that the Brexit squeeze on household budgets has intensified over the past month, but companies and investors remain cautiously optimistic about the economic outlook in the run-up to the election.
  6. The chairman of Lloyds Banking Group, Lord Blackwell, has stated that there will be no ‘Jenga tower’ collapse of the UK financial services sector after Brexit.
  7. According to The Guardian, a source has revealed that Donald Trump has told other EU leaders that he is worried that Americans may lose jobs as a result of Britain leaving the EU.

Brexit as it affects Practice Areas:


Reported in The Times (paywall), Lady Justice Hallett has stated that juries, vital to the rule of law and democracy, will be even more crucial after Brexit.

The Times considers that Brexit is putting the future of policing and criminal justice in jeopardy.


Net migration reportedly fell in 2016, fuelled by a 40,000 rise in emigration, mainly of EU citizens, arguably due to uncertainty over their status following the Brexit vote.


Chatham House has produced a paper discussing the key elements for the UK-EU 27 as regards energy cooperation post-Brexit.


  1. Scottish Legal News is sponsoring a conference, Brexit and Scotland: implications for law and government on 29 May 2017. Aidan O’Neill QC will be speaking.