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Brexit round-up – 07/06/19

Welcome to this, our latest Brexit round-up. Each week we provide a succinct round-up of the latest news surrounding the Brexit process, so you can keep abreast of the issues which are likely to affect your organisation.

Jeremy Hunt willing to support no-deal Brexit

The Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has explained that, if he were to win the Conservative leadership contest and become Prime Minister, he would be willing to leave the European Union without a deal if it was the only means of delivering Brexit.  However, qualifying this somewhat, Mr Hunt said: “I would be prepared to do it in extremis.  But I wouldn’t do it if there was a prospect of a better deal.  And I think there is a prospect of a better deal, and I think it’s possible to get one before 31 October, although I don’t pretend it’s going to be easy.”

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US to discuss “entire economy” in post-Brexit trade deal

A representative close to the President of the United States has explained that he believes that the US would be interested in discussing business access to the National Health Service during any trade discussions with the UK.  The controversial comments have, however, sparked outrage with the Shadow Health Secretary saying: “The ambassador’s comments are terrifying and show that a real consequence of a no-deal Brexit, followed by a trade deal with Trump, will be out NHS up for sale.  This absolutely should not be on the table.”

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International Trade Secretary warns of disruptive Brexit

The International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox has warned that “the prospect of a no-deal might well be used by those who seek to break up the United Kingdom… both in Northern Ireland and potentially in Scotland”.  However, Dr Fox also explained the need to remain open to the possibility of a no-deal exit explaining that: “Number one is that we want a deal, because we think that is the best way to leave the European Union with minimal disruption.  But equally, and it has to be delivered with equal volume and equal strength, if we can’t get an agreement, we have to be willing to walk away, otherwise we have no real negotiating hand.”

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Boris Johnson explains dangers of failing to implement Brexit

The former Foreign Secretary, and Tory Leadership hopeful, has said that the Conservative party faces “potential extinction” if it fails to ensure that the UK leaves the European Union by 31 October.  Contrary to this though, Mr Johnson’s leadership rival Michael Gove has described the deadline as “arbitrary” as well as suggesting that the UK is “not wedded” to it.

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If you have any questions about any of the issues which are raised, or would like to discuss your own organisation’s options in the lead-up to Brexit, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Please note that this briefing is designed to be informative, not advisory and represents our understanding of English law and practice as at the date indicated. We would always recommend that you should seek specific guidance on any particular legal issue.

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