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Brexit round-up – 14/06/19

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.

Labour motion to introduce no deal Brexit legislation rejected

Following Labour’s motion for the power to introduce legislation to avoid a no deal Brexit which would stop any future prime minister from pushing through a no-deal Brexit against the wishes of MPs, MPs have rejected the move by 309 vote to 298. Following the defeat shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer said “There will be other procedural mechanisms we can use. We are already looking at what those other opportunities will be.”

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Boris Johnson is not “not aiming for a no-deal outcome”

As Boris Johnson launched his campaign for Tory leadership he said that leaving a no deal Brexit on the table was a “vital tool of negotiation” and said that it was “right for our great country to prepare” for a no-deal outcome” as any further delay to Brexit would “further alienate not just our natural supporters but anyone who believes that politicians should deliver on their promises.”

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French minister advises EU will not reopen Brexit withdrawal agreement

On a recent visit to London, France’s state secretary for European affairs, Amélie de Montchalin, confirmed that the EU will not reopen the Brexit withdrawal agreement and that Britain must be prepared to leave the EU on 31 October with or without a deal. She said “We consider it is up to Britain to decide how it wants to proceed. The exit agreement was not negotiated against the British; negotiators on both sides tried, painstakingly, to find the best solution for all concerned.” She further noted that the only way France would be prepared to grant an extension would be if there was a “profound change” in Britain’s current political stance on Brexit.

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Scottish First Minister confirms Scotland rejects Brexit

Nicola Sturgeon will be delivering a speech on European policy which will restate her government’s backing for continued EU membership. Ahead of her speech she said the people in Scotland had “shown that they comprehensively reject Brexit and want to remain as a European nation.” She further added that “Membership of the EU not only has huge economic benefits for Scotland, but is the basis of the core values we share around democracy, equality, co-operation and human rights.”

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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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