With thanks to Adeola, please see below for today’s update on key Brexit news items:
- Boris Johnson has unilaterally declared to EU citizens living in the UK that “your rights will be protected whatever happens” after Brexit. He made these remarks at a gathering of the Belvedere Forum on Polish-UK relations. (The Guardian)
- The government have been warned that Conservative Party MPs are “deadly serious” about rebelling on key Brexit legislation unless ministers legally commit to Parliament having the finals say on a departure deal. (Sky News)
- Brexit minister, Steve Baker, announces that the government will allow Parliament a vote on arrangements for the UK’s transition out of the EU. He added that Theresa May’s administration is planning on bringing forward a law for parliamentary scrutiny, that would set out how the UK will move from being a full member to leaving the EU over a number of years. (The Independent)
- According to the EU’s trade commission, an upcoming trade deal between the EU and Australia and New Zealand will help to dramatically increase trade between the blocs. While high-profile Brexiteers continue to hope that Britain would do more trade with Commonwealth countries after Britain leaves the bloc, the EU has pulled away with a head-start in negotiating its own agreement with the two former British colonies. (The Independent)
- The First Minister of Wales has warned of a constitutional crisis that would threaten the “fabric of the UK” if the Government refuses to respond to concerns of the Welsh and Scottish administrations and change its EU Withdrawal Bill. (Sky News)
- Foreign banks contributed £17 billion to the UK’s public finances in the latest financial year, raising concerns about potentially significant tax losses if overseas lenders accelerate plans to shift staff and operations elsewhere in Europe. (The Financial Times)
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