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Brexit round-up – 14/09/18

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.

House of Commons explore the potential effects of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit

With seven months until the UK officially leaves the European Union, the House of Commons have published a briefing paper looking at the possible effects of a failure to conclude or adopt a Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU. The briefing focuses on a handful of important areas such as free movement, food supply and agriculture and security. Due to the many unknowns and variables surrounding Brexit, the scenarios outlined are based on contexts and policy areas in which it is easier to estimate the practical consequences and costs than in others.

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Committee launches inquiry into the future of UK trade policy

The House of Commons International Trade Committee has launched an inquiry to investigate the impact which future arrangements between the UK and EU could have on wider UK trade policy. The committee seeks written submissions on 5 questions, such as how the different UK-EU customs regimes would affect wider UK trade policy, how the UK-EU arrangements for pertaining to the regulation of goods would affect wider UK trade policy and what the implications would be of different UK-EU trade arrangements for UK customs and other border procedures for non-EU goods. The committee seeks submissions by 7 December 2018.

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Policy paper re-considers economic policy for post-Brexit Britain

The IPPR Commission on Economic Justice has published a policy paper presenting a 10-part plan for economic reform to achieve prosperity and justice for post-Brexit Britain. Established in Autumn 2016, the aim of the Commission was to examine the challenges facing the UK economy and to recommend proposals for reform. The plan is therefore the product of a two-year enquiry into the UK economy and sets out a wide-ranging plan for economic reform and argues that in light of the economy not working for millions of people, there should be a new vision of the economy and a rebalancing of economic power.

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Trades Union Congress (TUC) leader demands “popular vote”

The TUC’s leader Frances O’Grady has made clear that if Theresa May fails to secure a deal to protect jobs and workers’ rights, the organisation will demand a “popular vote.” Mrs O’Grady confirmed that in the circumstances of a no-deal, to support British workers: “the TUC will be throwing our full weight behind the campaign for a popular vote so that people get a say on whether that deal is good enough.” This now means the three biggest unions – Unison, GMB and Unite have all indicated their willingness to support a second vote on Brexit in the absence of a general election.

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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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