Brexit: Reporting Developments Affecting the Business and Legal Community

 

Brexit Continues to Test the UK Constitution

In our last blog post, we mentioned that there had been three Court challenges to Prime Minister ‎Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament until 14 October.  All three of those challenges were ‎dismissed in the first instance, the last being in Northern Ireland, which was dismissed today ‎‎(click here to see the judgment).

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From an Unmanaged Brexit to an Unmanageable Parliament

Just at the point when it appeared that Brexit would finally move on to its next stage, everything ‎has changed yet again.  Parliament reconvened after its summer recess on 3 September and was ‎prorogued early this morning until 14 October, when there will be a Queen’s Speech to set out a ‎new legislative agenda.

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Is an Unmanaged, No-Deal Brexit Inevitable?‎

This morning the European Commission reiterated that the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated ‎between the EU27 and the UK cannot be reopened although it was willing to hold talks in the ‎coming weeks by phone or in person “should the UK wish to clarify its position in more detail”.‎

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All Change and an Unmanaged Brexit

The Conservative Party leadership election came to a conclusion at mid-day on Tuesday, 23 July when it was announced that Boris Johnson had won the support of two-thirds of Conservative Party members. The next day, Theresa May attended her last Prime Minister Questions and later that afternoon the Queen invited Mr Johnson to form a government.

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Brexit Uncertainty May Remain For Some Time

As the Conservative Party’s leadership election enters its final week, the two candidates have similar, but different plans for dealing with Brexit. While many still believe that Boris Johnson will win, the contest is looking a lot closer than it was a few weeks ago and there is a possibility that Jeremy Hunt could win when the results are declared on Tuesday, 23 July.

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