Please see below for today’s update on key Brexit news items:

  • The Queen’s Speech set out the legislative agenda for Theresa May’s new Government. The centrepiece was the announcement of the Repeal Bill, which will undo the European Communities Act 1972 and convert EU law into UK domestic law. The Repeal Bill will also grant the Government temporary powers to make secondary legislation (also known as “Henry VIII powers”). The Government also announced 7 other bills dealing with Brexit, covering customs, trade, immigration, fisheries, agriculture, nuclear safeguards and international sanctions. In particular, the Customs Bill clarified that the UK will not seek to remain in the Customs Union and will instead have a standalone customs regime. (Financial Times)
  • The Democratic Unionist Party has made significant demands for investment in health and infrastructure in Northern Ireland as the price for supporting the Government in implementing its agenda. Previously, the DUP had expressed concern that it was being “taken for granted” in the discussions. BBC sources have suggested that it seeks as much as £2 billion in investment. (BBC)
  • Civil Service memos have suggested that Sir Jeremy Heywood, the cabinet secretary, intends to relocate at least 750 policy experts from across Whitehall to five key Brexit departments. It is understood that there are currently no plans to provide the Brexit departments with extra resources to take on new staff, or for the other departments to replace the staff who have left. (The Guardian)
  • Tory peer Michael Heseltine has told BBC Newsnight that the possibility of a hard Brexit being implemented has “already gone” after Theresa May lost her majority and that Brexit itself is now “very much open to question”. Lord Heseltine expressed the view that Brexit, in the sense of Britain becoming an independent, sovereign nation, was already “dead”. (Independent)