Brexit weekly round up – Week commencing 20 August 2018


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

The UK’s post-Brexit deal with the EU

  1. According to leaked Cabinet papers seen by The Telegraph, EU migrants will be given the right to stay in the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  2. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has confirmed that MPs have demanded a larger expenses budget for staffing ‘to deal with Brexit’.
  3. The Department for Exiting the EU has published the programme for the EU-UK Art 50 negotiations for the 21 and 22 August.
  4. The UK and the EU have agreed to hold ‘continuous’ Brexit talks after a cool encounter between lead negotiators in Brussels appeared to yield little progress, with Dominic Raab admitting that there are still ‘significant issues’ to overcome in the final stage of negotiations.
  5. A survey of 3,044 people by KPMG has shown all demographic, employment and political groups believe a ‘No Deal’ Brexit is more likely than not, with 54% saying a ‘No Deal’ Brexit was likely, and 7 in 10 think prices would rise and they would change consumer behaviour if no deal is reached.
  6. The Government has published a collection of technical notices providing guidance on how to prepare for Brexit in the event of a no-deal scenario.
  7. In an interview with Radio 4’s Today programme, David Lidington has effectively stated that October is no longer the deadline for a Brexit agreement.

Impact of Brexit on the economy

  1. The Department for Exiting the EU has published a framework for the UK-EU partnership relating to financial services.
  2. Liam Fox is to unveil a plan intended to increase Britain’s exports after Brexit to 35% of GDP.
  3. The Law Society has forecast that growth in the legal sector will be halved, losing £3bn, if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal.
  4. Business Secretary Greg Clark has reportedly held urgent talks with the Irish Government amid fears the electricity supply in Northern Ireland could be hit by a no-deal Brexit.
  5. Dominic Raab has made a speech on no-deal planning, stating that, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Britain would take unilateral action to keep trade and transport flowing freely, and would not risk triggering a tit-for-tat battle with Brussels by imposing new border checks or travel restrictions.
  6. The Quoted Companies Alliance has found that 13% of 111 small & mid-sized quoted companies it surveyed report that their growth is being curtailed as a direct result of skills shortages relating to Brexit.
  7. The Government has warned that a no-deal Brexit will lead to consumers facing slower and more costly credit card payments when they buy EU products, and British citizens living abroad losing access to their bank accounts.
  8. Tory Brexit divisions have been exposed afresh with Philip Hammond writing a letter to Nicky Morgan warning that leaving the EU without a deal would blow an £80bn hole in the public finances, just hours after Dominic Raab sought to play down the risks.

Brexit as it affects Practice Areas:

Competition and Regulatory

The Department for Exiting the EU has published a framework for the UK-EU partnership relating to open and fair competition.


A report by thinktank Global Future analysing official figures has found that ending freedom of movement after Brexit could result in 115,000 fewer adult social care workers by 2026.

A leaked letter from NHS Providers warns that poor co-ordination by ministers and health service bosses means there has been a failure to prepare for the UK to be left without a Brexit deal, meaning hospitals could face running out of drugs.

The Health and Social Care Secretary has written two letters to industry about contingency plans in the unlikely event of a no-deal Brexit.


According to a report by Centre for Cities, the Government’s Brexit ‘no-deal’ plans should extend freedom of movement for at least two years to prevent labour shortages in greater south east cities.

Net migration to the UK from other EU countries has reached a near six-year low as a so-called Brexodus continues.


Conservative MPs are warning of a risk of entryism in the party as the pro-Brexit group Leave.EU encourages its supporters to become members in order to back Boris Johnson or Jacob Rees-Mogg in a future leadership contest.

The Guardian reports that there is a growing feeling at Westminster that the deep divisions over whether, and how, Britain should break from the EU, cannot be contained within the existing party system.