Brexit weekly round up – Week commencing 27 August 2018


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

Brexit and the UK constitution

  1. The Conversation blog has published a piece by Peter McLoughlin in which he argues that the key factor preventing an agreement to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland is Brexit.

The UK’s post-Brexit deal with the EU

  1. Theresa May claimed that a no-deal Brexit “wouldn’t be the end of the world” as she sought to downplay Philip Hammond’s warning. However, shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer has warned that a no-deal Brexit could create an ‘unsustainable legal vacuum’ as the Prime Minister and Government would face a race against time to pass a slew of new laws.
  2. Two major European newspapers, Le Monde and Die Welt, have been given a YouGov poll of 10,000 Britons by the People’s Vote campaign group, which shows that 72% of people are opposed to a Brexit in which the details of the future deal are unclear when the UK leaves. And, according to The Guardian, just one in 20 specialist civil servants is satisfied with the Government’s approach to Brexit.
  3. Jacob Rees-Mogg has sparked a fresh row about the status of the Irish border after Brexit after a video emerged in which he suggests a return to checks ‘as we had during the Troubles’.
  4. Downing Street has refused to confirm that MPs will see a full economic analysis of the impact of a no-deal Brexit before their final vote on departure from the EU, even though such a scenario would happen by default if they rejected Theresa May’s proposals.
  5. The House of Commons Library has published a paper considering the Brexit White Paper, and David Davis’ alternative one, considering the proposals in both papers and analysing the potential future relationship under each.

Impact of Brexit on the economy

  1. Theresa May is to meet the leaders of Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa in the first trip to sub-Saharan Africa made by a UK leader in five years, to push the UK’s post-Brexit export prospects.
  2. TheCityUK has responded to the UK Government’s Brexit contingency paper for financial services.
  3. According to a poll of housing market specialists, house prices in London will fall this year and next, with the possibility of a full-blown crash if Britain leaves the EU without striking a deal.
  4. A survey by Legal Week has found that 75% of City partners back a second Brexit referendum as ‘no deal’ concerns grow.
  5. A fresh Cabinet split has emerged over a ‘no deal’ Brexit, with frontbencher Liam Fox rubbishing Philip Hammond’s warnings about the economic effects of leaving the EU without a dea
  6. Theresa May has unveiled a multi-million pound funding boost for a British rival to the EU’s Galileo satellite scheme, amid a bitter war of words with Brussels over the project.

Brexit as it affects Practice Areas:


The Guardian reports that Best for Britain has warned that the plan of the health secretary, Matt Hancock, to set aside six weeks’ worth of vital medicines to avoid supply disruptions in the event of a no-deal Brexit could cost up to £2bn.


Campaigners for the rights of EU citizens settled in the UK have started legal proceedings against the Government over new laws that prevent them from accessing their Home Office records.

The Home Office has published guidance instructing caseworkers how to consider applications under the EU Settlement Scheme during the private beta pilot phase.


Tom Watson, the deputy leader of the Labour party, has called on the Government to confirm if the National Crime Agency is looking into whether there was Russian interference in the EU referendum.


John Simpson, world affairs editor, has argued that BBC News is being unfairly attacked for bias over its coverage of Brexit as Britain goes through the nastiest period in its national life since 1945.