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Brexit weekly round up – Week commencing 7 August 2017

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

Brexit and the UK constitution

  1. Scottish ministers are reportedly to seek significant concessions over Brexit from Damian Green, the First Secretary of State, after again threatening to withhold consent for the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. However, Green has stated that the UK Government expects to sign a formal deal with Scotland setting out its new powers before Brexit, to head off a confrontation over the bill.
  2. According to Spain’s foreign minister, the country will not seek to block a Brexit agreement by attempting to regain sovereignty over Gibraltar.

The UK’s post-Brexit deal with the EU

  1. Former head of the diplomatic service, Sir Simon Fraser, has stated that the UK’s Brexit negotiations have not begun well amid differences in Cabinet.
  2. Mervyn King, former Bank of England governor, has stated that the UK needs to be better prepared for a “no deal” Brexit to show Brussels there is a “credible” alternative should the negotiations fail.
  3. The Courts and Tribunals Service has published a booklet which emphasises the strengths of English law and the high quality of dispute resolution services in the UK, following the Lord Chief Justice’s speech about the need to counter misconceptions surrounding the certainty of litigating disputes in the UK after Brexit.
  4. The Government has confirmed that it will publish key Brexit position papers in the coming weeks on issues such as Northern Ireland and the customs union.
  5. According to The Guardian, pro-EU campaigners are planning to stage one of their biggest “stop Brexit” marches outside the Conservative party conference this Autumn.
  6. Lord Neuberger has warned that the Government must provide clarity and specify whether it wants Court of Justice of the European Union rulings to be taken into account by domestic courts, post-Brexit.
  7. James Chapman, former chief of staff to David Davis, has stated that Brexit is a catastrophe, and suggested that Boris Johnson and other leading Brexit campaigners should be jailed for claiming there would be an extra £350m a week for the NHS. In response to his idea of forming a centrist ‘Democrats’ party aimed at blocking Brexit he has (allegedly) been contacted by a number of serving, former and shadow cabinet ministers.
  8. David Davis has written to the House of Lords EU Committee to report on the second round of Brexit negotiations.

Impact of Brexit on the economy

  1. Britain’s motor society has stated that leaving the EU will reverse the progress made in past decades and may wipe out small suppliers, putting motor manufacturers at risk.
  2. Downing Street has dismissed the idea of paying a Brexit divorce bill of up to €40bn, which Theresa May had been reported to be willing to pay, as leading supporters of leaving the EU said they would not accept handing over such a large sum.
  3. The Bank of England has warned that the task of regulating the City after Brexit will create a “material risk” and put a strain on its ability to police the financial sector.
  4. Sam Woods, CEO of the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority, has stated that the regulator received 401 responses to a call for Brexit contingency plans from the firms it supervises, and that the plans reveal there could be “significant issues” if there is no transitional agreement.

Brexit as it affects Practice Areas:

Health

In its bid to house the EU medicines regulator, the European Medicines Agency, Amsterdam has stated that two of Britain’s top research agencies would lose much of their business if it is successful.