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Brexit weekly round up – Week commencing 6 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 Hansard Society has published a blog considering whether Brexit will change the UK constitution.
  2. Professor Barnard has discussed with journalist Boni Sones, her reaction to the publication of the Government’s White Paper, the Cabinet resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson, and the negotiating position of the EU since the UK triggered Article 50 in March 2017.
  3. The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper considering the power given to ministers by the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 to establish new public bodies to carry out functions currently undertaken by EU-wide bodies.

The UK’s post-Brexit deal with the EU

  1. Downing Street has insisted that Theresa May is confident of securing a Brexit deal with Brussels despite Liam Fox’s assertion that the UK appears set to crash out of the EU without reaching an agreement.
  2. The National Farmers’ Union has warned that Britain would run out of food on this date next year if it cannot continue to easily import from the EU and elsewhere after Brexit.
  3. Theresa May has sought to calm fractious Tory grassroots activists angry with her Chequers Brexit plan, writing individual members a lengthy letter endorsed by sceptical cabinet Brexiters including Andrea Leadsom and Liam Fox.
  4. A YouGov study of 10,000 people has found that exactly half of the British public would want a second referendum on Brexit if talks with the EU break down.

Impact of Brexit on the economy

  1. Two surveys, including a poll of FTSE 350 businesses by ICSA, have found that confidence regarding Brexit among British business leaders has declined significantly and remains low with 55% of UK company board members are predicting a decline in their business over the coming year.
  2. The Financial Markets Law Committee has published a report considering the robustness of financial contracts after Brexit.
  3. In The Times, Bernadine Adkins has argued that the UK’s transformation from EU member to third country is testing Brussels’ relationships with its trading counterparties, and showing that the EU is adept at making deals, having pipped Britain to the post in signing deals with Japan and Australia.
  4. The chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority, Andrew Bailey, has sent a Dear CEO letter on contingency planning for cross-border booking arrangements post-Brexit.

Brexit as it affects Practice Areas:

Criminal

A leaked letter written by police leaders has warned the Home Secretary that a no-deal Brexit poses a serious risk to public safety as it will lead to a ‘significant loss of operational capacity’.

According to a legal opinion written for the CJEU, EU nations should continue extraditions to the UK until it leaves the bloc next year, despite claims that Brexit could cause uncertainty for suspects.

Competition and Regulatory

The UK Government has revealed that a deal was struck earlier this year to enable the UK to participate in the new Unified Patent Court system during any Brexit implementation period that might apply.

Health

The Department of Health has published a report discussing the implementation period and what it means for the life sciences sector, including warning that Brexit will result in a loss of EU care workers meaning women will be forced to quit their jobs to look after ill and aging relatives.

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has said patients in the EU may not be able to receive vital medicines from the UK if the company does not successfully prepare for a no-deal Brexit.

The House of Lords Library has published a Briefing discussing recent developments in UK and EU strategies to address antimicrobial resistance, and examining three areas in which the UK’s exit from the EU may affect the addressing of antimicrobial resistance.

Immigration

The CBI has published a report entitled Open and Controlled, advocating a new approach to immigration after Brexit.

Election

Mishcon de Reya, which has acted for Arron Banks since at least 2016, will no longer represent Leave.EU as it appeals against the Electoral Commission’s decision in May to fine the group £70,000 in connection with campaign spending offences during the EU referendum.

Events

  1. The Financial Times is holding a Brexit and Beyond Summit on 28th November 2018 in London, considering planning for growth in a changing global environment.