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Brexit weekly round up – Week commencing 26 June 2017

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

Brexit and the UK constitution

  1. For the Financial Times, David Allen Green has argued that there should not be a further Brexit referendum, and also that there should not be any other UK-wide referendums at all.
  2. Alex Greer, on Open Europe, has examined the Salisbury convention and the role it may play in the passage of legislation related Brexit.
  3. Linklaters and IRSG have produced a report addressing the issue of the Great Repeal Bill, and ‘domesticating’ EU law. The report responds to and builds on the approach set out in the Government’s white paper. It proposes a “principles-based approach to adapting the EU and EU-derived law that will apply in the UK following its exit from the EU.”
  4. In his Scarman Lecture, Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd has argued that Brexit needs scrutiny, not litigation. This has been reported on in The Times [paywall].
  5. For the LSE Brexit blog, Janice Morphet has considered whether the OECD could become the main source of policy and initiatives after the UK leaves the EU.

The UK’s post-Brexit deal with the EU

  1. Brexit Secretary David Davis MP has opened the Queen’s Speech Debate on Brexit and foreign affairs. Parliament.uk provides coverage of the debate on the address, including opposition amendments.
  2. There are reports that Anti-Brexit MPs are having informal conversations in an attempt to find ways to push for a less disruptive, ‘soft’ Brexit. Meanwhile Cabinet tensions over Brexit have been laid bare.
  3. Brexit Secretary, David Davis, has stated that the UK is willing to do a deal on the influence of the CJEU post-Brexit.
  4. The Government has published Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU setting out its proposals for EU nationals’ rights post-Brexit. However Donald Tusk has formerly attacked the proposals as rights as ‘below expectation’, and the Evening Standard reports that whilst Home Secretary, May ‘blocked unilateral offer for EU citizens’ rights‘ last June.
  5. The EU has released another 6 position papers as part of its published negotiating documents on Article 50 negotiations with the UK.

Impact of Brexit on the economy

  1. The ECB is seeking to challenge the City in pursuing control of euro clearing post Brexit. However Brussels has warned that Brexit will risk over-stretching to breaking point the EU’s common budget.
  2. The UK intends to give duty free access to the least developed countries post-Brexit, which the Centre for Global Development has stated is a good basis for encouraging trade with poor countries. However German businesses are already planning for the blow that Brexit will cause to them as many sectors are already finding it more difficult to send staff on assignment to the UK.
  3. The Bank of England has warned of the risks of a ‘no deal’ Brexit and UK insurers have warned that this scenario would be unacceptable.
  4. Uncertainties facing businesses over Brexit have resulted in big companies engaging advisers, but smaller ones doing little in terms of investment and hiring.

Brexit as it affects Practice Areas:

Employment

Five academics have considered for the LSE Brexit blog what rights the UK wants for its workers post-Brexit.

Health

The Financial Times’ podcast has considered whether Brexit will result in there being more money for the NHS.

Immigration

At dinner in Brussels with the leaders of the EU 27, Theresa May reaffirmed the importance of controlling migration to the UK from other EU countries as a central aim of Brexit.

The Guardian has considered how citizens’ rights affect Brexit negotiations.

The Government has published Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU setting out its proposals for EU nationals’ rights post-Brexit.