Withdrawal Agreement Bill Commons Library

According to the FT: “Sir Jonathan did not explain his decision in a short letter of resignation published online. But two officials with knowledge of the situation told the Financial Times that he was leaving his post due to a dispute with Downing Street over their plans to challenge parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement. Those close to Sir Jonathan said he was “very unhappy” with the decision to crush parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol, which is part of the 2019 Withdrawal Agreement, with new powers in britain`s Internal Market Act. As for the legislation the UK should pass to avoid a legal “black hole” following a no-deal outcome, the government said as recently as February that it would have to pass six more Brexit laws to fully prepare for a no-deal deal. Since then, only one has been enshrined in law. Government ministers and Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill seem convinced they could do without the remaining bills, but how the government has done so remains uncertain. The Institute for Government wrote an interesting article entitled “No Deal Brexit could be a legal mess” on the different possible outcomes. Finally, for those who are particularly interested in constitutional law, you can also read Brexit and the British Constitution – a constitutional crisis or a constitution in action?, a short article by Dr Jack Simson Caird at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, in which he discusses the constitutional issues that arise as a result of the UK`s decision, to leave the EU. The main events since the EU referendum and the challenges facing current and future governments in the unprecedented circumstances of Brexit.

This is the first working day after the UK`s official withdrawal from the EU, and both sides have been quick to set out their negotiating positions on a new trade deal. The first of the blocs was Michel Barnier at a press conference at 10 a.m. .m this morning, where he presented the DRAFT EU negotiating guidelines (to be signed by the Council of the European Union, which is expected by the end of the month). As expected, Barnier repeated the EU`s mantra highlighting the geographical proximity and economic interdependence of the UK and the EU, and then continued: “First of all, we need to ensure that competition is and remains open and fair. We have already agreed with Prime Minister Johnson that our future partnership will – and I quote – avoid `unfair competitive advantages`. We must now agree on concrete and effective guarantees to ensure a level playing field in the long term. This means mechanisms to maintain the high standards we have today and in your future developments in social, environmental climate, taxation and state aid. Secondly, our free trade agreement must include a fisheries agreement. This agreement should provide for the maintenance of reciprocal access to markets and waters with stable quota quotas. »; This was followed at 11am by a speech by Boris Johnson at Greenwich Naval College (see here for a summary) in which he laid out his “offer of openness” on whether the UK would continue to abide by EU rules, saying: “There is no need for a free trade agreement that includes the adoption of EU rules on competition policy. Subsidies, social protection, the environment or others should be obliged to accept UK rules independently of the EU.

And when it comes to fishing rights, he said he would be willing to give EU vessels access to UK waters – but only on the condition that these agreements are reviewed annually, and not as part of the long-term agreement with “stable” quota shares that the EU is aiming for. .

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