Beyond Deal or No Deal lurks the ‘future relationship’, which is likely to contain a trade agreement. We should look now at what that means for our NHS, environment and rights.
The current Withdrawal Agreement is, by most people in Westminster considered dead. However, in the spirit of proper planning what if a deal isn’t dead? What if Johnson’s rhetoric- we’re leaving on the 31st October come what may- is actually aimed at getting MPs in line, rather than, a negotiating tactic? Both can, of course, be true at the same time, but it is worth considering whether a deal could actually be passed before the 31st.
Like many Policy Officers at the minute I find myself attending numerous roundtables about Brexit. I am there to draw attention to the concerns of over a million people in Scotland who are disabled - their fears about erosion of hard-won rights, social protections, staffing within health and social care and funding for their organisations - which have been nowhere near the top of the agenda in the political debates over Brexit.
Tomorrow the Brexit Civil Society Alliance will be speaking at the Institute for Government seminar on “Negotiating the next phase of Brexit”. This is timely given the six-month extension for Brexit and the opportunity now for a period of reflection on how the government has fared so far.
Last week, the Brexit Civil Society Alliance, NPC and Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales brought together leading organisations from the third sector to try and map out the role and mission for the social and wider voluntary sector through (and beyond) Brexit.
For the last 18 months the Brexit Civil Society Alliance has travelled the UK listening to concerns from local groups and voluntary organisations about the impacts on their organisations as we face leaving the EU.
The UK is expected to leave the EU in less than four working weeks’ time. Roughly 3 million EU citizens reside in the UK. These two facts are not unrelated.
As unlikely as it looks at the moment, was Parliament to agree to the Brexit deal the government would then have to bring forward primary legislation to give effect to it in domestic law- that would be the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill.
The long-awaited Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (‘the Bill’), the legislation making provision for a post-Brexit immigration system, is finally before Parliament
As the drama and politics continue to swirl around Brexit, the government is using domestic Brexit legislation as the perfect opportunity to seize unfettered law making powers.
The Supreme Court this week rejected an appeal by the Government against a Scottish ruling which asked the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) to look at whether the UK can reverse the Brexit clause.
The next 4 months are crucial although the reality is that it is the next 4 weeks that will determine so much.
An important question remains as yet unanswered: what kind of future UK-EU relationship will we be looking forward to at the end of 2020?
The last week or so has seen a new act of political theatre in the play that is Brexit. Whilst nearly three quarters of a million were marching for a people's vote in London on the 20th October, speculation behind some closed Tory doors was that this week we will see a leadership challenge
The (on reflection) premature triggering of Article 50 without first taking stock of the impact for the nations and regions of the UK has had significant consequences.
With all the furore over the vote this week one could be forgiven for missing yesterdays publication of a letter from the Government to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee.
The EU (Withdrawal) Bill returns to the House of Commons next week and voting will take place on some crucial amendments. Possibly the most crucial of these is…
Brexit is shining a spotlight on many things in this country, perhaps the biggest things that this process has thrown up is the weaknesses in our parliamentary system and an even bigger weakness with our constitution.
The EU Withdrawal Bill, the landmark Brexit legislation that aims to transpose EU law into UK law has been subject to fierce criticism - from its failure to protect devolution to the ways in which it undermines human rights.
After over 100 hours of debate, it is becoming increasingly clear that peers have significant concerns about the bill’s inability to provide legal certainty and clarity.
The proposed new sifting committee for SIs under the EU (Withdrawal) Bill will not provide MPs with the meaningful and effective oversight of SIs arising from Brexit
Report Stage for the Withdrawal Bill starts is on the 16 and 17 January. These are the last days the bill will be scrutinised by MPs before it goes to the House of Lords.
Despite the referendum taking place some 18 months ago there is still a lack of clarity about what exactly Brexit will look like in terms of the final deal including trade deals and what, if any, transition period post March 2019 will entail.
Today is all about Clause 9 which allows ministers to use delegated powers to implement the withdrawal agreement
Today and tomorrow MPs will debate amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.
Last Monday I found myself in Belfast at a meeting of civic society organisations contemplating what may be coming over the hill for them as we leave the EU.
The Repeal Bill (or EU Withdrawal Bill) was created to ‘’avoid a black hole in our statute book’’ and insecurity for businesses and citizens, our laws need to be the same the day after Brexit as they were the day before.