Brexit Highlights 9–15 October 2017

The fifth round of Brexit negotiations took place this week. A press statement by Michel Barnier following this round of negotiations is available here.

-Prime Minister Theresa May made a statement on Monday 9 October 2017 updating MPs on the on UK’s plans for leaving the EU.

A joint letter from the EU and the UK Permanent Representatives to the WTO was published on the Taskforce on Article 50 negotiations with the UK website.

– The UK Government published new policy papers:

The Welsh Government laid its response to the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee’s report on the implications of Brexit for Welsh ports.

The Law Society published a parliamentary briefing which summarises its view on the effect Brexit will have on consumers and consumer protection – Parliamentary brief – Consumer rights following Brexit. Additionally, the Law Society together with other representatives from the legal services sector put together a submission to UK government departments on the impact of Brexit which ‘outlines the importance of maintaining a mutual market access for legal services across the UK and EU and a transition period so that clients and business have time to adapt’ Maintaining market access for lawyers post-Brexit.

The Expert Working Group on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill and the Rule of Law was set up on 9 October 2017 by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in partnership with University College London’s Constitution Unit. The purpose of the group is to ‘consider the implications of the Bill for the rule of law and to generate informed discussion about the most significant rule of law issues raised by the Bill in order to inform debates about it, and how it could be improved, in parliament and among the wider public.’ More information, including a press release on the launch of the Group as well as discussion papers, is available here.

– George Peretz QC wrote a new post which was published on Monckton Brexit BlogTrade Defence Instruments: Issues for the United Kingdom Post-Brexit.

– A new blog post was published on The Constitution Unit website – Options for an English Parliament: policy powers and financial arrangements written by Jack Sheldon.

– Cristina Saenz Perez wrote a new blog post for European law blogBrexit, fundamental rights and the future of judicial and police cooperation.

– A new article was published on Public Law for Everyone blog – Did the Prime Minister accurately answer MPs’ questions about the Miller case and revoking Article 50?


– John Armour and Horst Eidenmuller, Negotiating Brexit (Hart Publishing  2017).

– A new Brexit-related article was published in the Commercial litigation journal – Tom Snelling and Lauma Skruzmane, ‘Courting Europe. Tom Snelling and Lauma Skruzmane continue their examination of litigation after Brexit’ (September/October 2017) 75 Co. L.J. 15–17.

– Michael Cross wrote an article for the Law Society gazette – ‘Brexit: thinktank outlines CJEU options’ [9 October 2017] L.S.G. 4.

– Three articles related to Brexit were published in this week’s New law journal:

  • ‘Brexit for consumers. Chancery Lane calls for mutual recognition agreement’ (13 October 2017) 167 (7765) NLJ 5.
  • Ian Smith, ‘Employment law brief. This month Ian Smith explains why, whatever diplomatic wrangles lie ahead, our European obligations will continue’ (13 October 2017) 167 (7765) NLJ 9–10.
  • Eleanor Moodey, ‘The long farewell: leaving the EU (Pt 3). In this Brexit update Eleanor Moodey addresses the practical issue of future dilemmas for international families’ (13 October 2017) 167 (7765) NLJ 11–12.

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