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Brexit round-up – 24/08/18

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.

Government publishes ‘no-deal’ Brexit advice

The UK Government has published the first in its series of 25 technical notices which set out information to allow businesses and citizens to understand what they would need to do in a ‘no-deal’ scenario, so they can make informed plans and preparations. The first technical notice sets out the following: (1) the progress of Brexit negotiations (2) what the Government mean by a ‘no-deal scenario’ (3) plans that are already in place (4) the UK’s approach to Brexit (5) the EU’s approach to Brexit and (6) a timetable and conclusion. It also confirms that more technical notices will be published in September 2018 to set out further details of how this scenario will work.

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UK and EU move to ‘continuous’ Brexit talks

In a statement to the European Commission, the EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has confirmed that the UK and EU will now negotiate “continuously” in pursuit of a Brexit withdrawal deal and that the negotiations were entering their “final stage.” However, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Dominic Raab, agreed with Mr Barnier in that there were “still some significant issues to overcome” and that it was important to view the withdrawal deal and the future framework, which will be outlined in a political declaration alongside the deal, “as a package.”

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People’s Vote campaign receives £1 million donation

The multi-millionaire co-founder of Superdry fashion label, Julian Dunkerton, has given a £1 million boost to the People’s Vote campaign, a cross-party group including some MPs, who are campaigning for a public vote on the final Brexit deal. Mr Dunkerton’s donation, which is the largest received by the People’s Vote campaign, will fund detailed polling which organisers hope will strengthen their campaign for a second referendum on the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU. The former UKIP Leader, Nigel Farage, commented that he doubted another public vote would reverse the referendum result.

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Report urges the Government to extend freedom of movement post Brexit

A report published by the think tank, Centre for Cities, highlights that 70% of migrants in England and Wales choose to live in cities, bringing significant economic benefits. Moreover, cities in the Greater South East, including some of the UK’s most productive places, are particularly reliant on EU migrants. The report calls for the Government to extend freedom of movement for two years after March 2019 in the event of a ‘no-deal’ scenario which will ensure that cities can continue to attract the workers they need to prosper, especially in highly productive places which are integral to the success of the national economy.

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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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