Brexit: Reporting Developments Affecting the Business and Legal Community


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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Final Two Selected for Conservative Leadership

Earlier today, the Conservative Party concluded the Parliamentary phase of its leadership selection. The final two candidates are former London Mayor and former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and current Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. The next phase starts this Saturday when ballots are posted to the 160,000 members of the Conservative Party, which will conclude the week of 22 July 2019.

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The Waiting is the Hardest Part

We have waited some time to post again on Brexit matters in the hope that things would become clearer. Certainly a lot has occurred since our last post: there were local elections in most of England and Northern Ireland on 2 May followed by UK wide elections for the European Parliament on 23 May and a UK Parliament by-election on 6 June. However, the Brexit process remains as uncertain as ever.

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What happens now?

As expected, the Prime Minister lost last night’s vote in the House of Commons on the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement by 149 votes. The Prime Minister is ignoring calls for her resignation and there will be a vote today on a further motion in relation to no-deal.

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