Brexit weekly round up – Week commencing 2 Apr 2018


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

Brexit and the UK constitution

  1. On her UK tour marking one year until Brexit, Theresa May vowed to deliver a Brexit that unites the UK.
  2. The Economist has argued that Britain is underestimating the damage of Brexit to Northern Ireland.
  3. The House of Commons Library has published a briefing on Brexit in relation to devolution and legislative consent.
  4. In the FT, David Allen Green has argued that the three legal paths to stop Brexit are now blocked.

The UK’s post-Brexit deal with the EU

  1. Bircham Dyson Bell’s Brexit Blog reviews where the Brexit negotiations have got to and set out what might happen in the next year.
  2. The Financial Times covers Theresa May’s planned ‘customs partnership’ to unlock the Northern Ireland dilemma. Trade experts have reportedly said the proposed scheme is challenging and would take years to implement.
  3. The Commons Exiting the European Union Committee has published a report on the future UK-EU relationship. PoliticsHome and The Guardian report on the split within the Committee on the inclusion of a recommendation that the Government should consider negotiating continued EEA membership or joining EFTA.
  4. The Prime Minister’s goal of a ‘comprehensive system of mutual recognition’ could facilitate ‘frictionless’ trade, according to the Bar Council, but the profession’s Brexit law experts have also warned that this is not a simple ‘plug and play’ solution, and would require the UK to look again at some of its ‘red lines’.
  5. The Scottish Government has published a paper discussing what is at stake for individuals and their families in the Brexit talks.
  6. The Commons Foreign Affairs Committee published the Government’s response to the Committee’s report on the future of UK diplomacy in Europe.
  7. Dr Simon Usherwood has written an article for The UK in a Changing Europe arguing that “Europe’s unified front could crumble as art 50 ticks down”.

Impact of Brexit on the economy

  1. The passport manufacturer De La Rue is set to announce it will challenge the Government over its decision to manufacture new blue British passports in France.
  2. According to its CEO, the acquisition by Euronext of the Irish stock exchange is part of a wider plan to attract companies that might rethink their London listings in the wake of Brexit.
  3. The Commons Work and Pensions Committee has published a report on the European Social Fund, stating that it must be replaced post-Brexit.
  4. PoliticsHome reports that the Government has predicted that the UK will strike at least two major trade deals during the Brexit transition.
  5. In a letter to the Chair of the EU Internal Markets Sub-Committee, Andrew Griffiths MP has suggested that following Brexit, the CMA is best placed to be State aid regulator.
  6. Following investment from the UK Government to guarantee competitiveness after Brexit, Peugeot has agreed to expand production at Vauxhall’s Luton plant.

Brexit as it affects Practice Areas:

Competition and Regulatory

The Bank of England has published an update on the regulatory approach to preparations for EU withdrawal.

In a letter to the Chair of the EU Internal Markets Sub-Committee, Andrew Griffiths MP has suggested that following Brexit, the CMA is best placed to be State aid regulator.

Data Protection

The European Commission has stated that, as it stands, UK businesses will lost any database rights they currently enjoy across the EU at the point of Brexit.


Research by the University of Birmingham has stated that thousands of children of EU parents are at risk of ‘falling through the cracks’ of Brexit, with their future residence in question. As a result of this EU parents of British-born children have been warned to document their children’s status.

Intellectual property

Seiko Hidaka has considered what the European Commission draft Withdrawal Agreement means for intellectual property owners for the Norton Rose Fulbright Insight Brexit blog.