Brexit weekly round up – Week commencing 13 August 2018


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

Brexit and the UK constitution

  1. According to YouGov analysis seen by The Observer, more than 100 Westminster constituencies that voted to leave the EU have now switched their support to Remain.
  2. lmost two-thirds of Scottish voters believe the Westminster Government is ignoring their concerns during Brexit negotiations, and polls suggest there is now more support in Scotland for remaining in the EU than at the time of the 2016 referendum.

The UK’s post-Brexit deal with the EU

  1. British expatriates have launched a fresh legal challenge against the 2016 referendum, arguing that the result has been invalidated by the Electoral Commission’s ruling on leave campaign spending.
  2. Colin Leckey from Lewis Silkin has published an article considering where the Government’s Brexit white paper could lead us.
  3. European officials have poured cold water on hopes that Theresa May could negotiate Brexit with other EU leaders at a summit in September to break the deadlock over Britain’s departure.
  4. Alistair Burt, a Conservative minister, has removed a survey from his website asking constituents if they want a second Brexit referendum after outrage from colleagues.
  5. The European Commission has set out that it will discuss the issues surrounding the Ireland/Northern Ireland border and the UK’s future relationship with the EU at the EU–UK Article 50 negotiations in Brussels on 16–17 August 2018.
  6. Sadiq Khan is to instruct the London Resilience Forum, the body tasked with planning for terrorism attacks and disasters such as the Grenfell Tower fire, to start making preparations for a no-deal Brexit, and assess whether London could face potential shortages of medicines and food.
  7. According to Danish finance minister, Kristian Jensen, time is running out to strike a Brexit deal, echoing warnings that there is a 50-50 chance of Britain crashing out of the EU without an agreement in place.

Impact of Brexit on the economy

  1. Trade experts including Alan Winters, director of the UK Trade Policy Observatory, have called into question Theresa May’s post-Brexit customs plan.
  2. The Financial Conduct Authority has stated that UK banks will be given some flexibility when deciding how best to ensure that they can continue to serve customers in the EU after Brexit.

Brexit as it affects Practice Areas:


The CJEU has published the opinion of Advocate General Szpunar which states that the UK’s decision to leave the EU should not affect the execution of a European Arrest Warrant issued by it.


The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has published a survey of 2,000 employers, finding that companies are suffering from a “supply shock” as fewer EU citizens come to the UK, and companies struggle to fill vacancies.


The BMA has warned that a no-deal Brexit will be a ‘catastrophe’ for the NHS and it will increase risks from pandemics.


Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society, Tracey Crouch, has written a response to the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee’s letter concerning the movement of people in the field of sport after Brexit.


  1. At the Law Society of Scotland’s annual conference on 26 October 2018, keynote speakers Aidan O’Neill QCand Lord Hope of Craighead will bring unique perspectives on the Brexit question to Leading Legal Excellence.