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Brexit round-up – 24/09/18

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.

Government publishes its second tranche of technical notices

The Government has published a further 28 technical notices which aim to provide guidance and information for UK businesses and citizens on how to prepare for the UK leaving the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement in place. The notices cover areas such as: driving, mobile phones, Irish citizens, passports, firearms, safety standards for goods, cars, broadcasting, personal data, environment and pollution, drugs, space, grants, business and investment and shipping. The Government has now published 53 technical notices and expects to publish all 80 notices by the end of September 2018.

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Report reviews the progress of Brexit preparations

A report from the Institute for Government has assessed the readiness of preparations for the UK leaving the EU, to which the report describes as an “unprecedented task for modern government.” The report divides the challenges into negotiation, legislation and implementation and identifies serious obstacles in all three areas, concluding that implementation is the biggest concern of all. It does recognise the progress made on negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement, with “potential for a deal” in the coming weeks, however talks on the outline of the future trade relationship have barely begun.

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Briefing paper looks into the future governance of the UK-EU relationship

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper discussing the relations between the UK and the EU and how this relationship will be governed after Brexit. It also looks into the EU and UK proposals to date on how EU law will be observed and how disputes about this will be dealt with. Interestingly, it suggests that two distinct ‘governance’ systems will need to be agreed as part of the Brexit negotiations, one being a mechanism for any future relationship agreement(s) concluded between the UK and EU and another mechanism to govern the primarily temporary ‘Withdrawal Agreement.’

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London Mayor calls for a second Brexit referendum

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for a second referendum on Brexit because of the Government’s failure to negotiate a deal with Brussels. Mr Khan has become “increasingly alarmed as the chaotic approach to the negotiations had become mired in confusion and deadlock.” Despite his previous comments after the Brexit referendum, in which he warned a fresh poll would lead to “even more cynicism” among voters, he now makes clear that “rather than having a bad deal or a no deal, let’s put that to the British public with the option of staying in the EU.”

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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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