• Risk of flawed legislation following Brexit – following 29 March 2019, UK businesses are facing flawed and poorly scrutinised legislation due to government ministers rushing legislation through with little parliamentary oversight. Analysis by Hogan Lovells has outlined that some 19,000 pieces of EU legislation must be replicated from health and safety to employment rights. An additional 7,900 statutory instruments which implement EU laws will be affected, as well as 759 bilateral treaties. The Brexit department has estimated that between 800-1,000 corrections will need to be passed by statutory instrument (The Independent).
  • EU leaders accept that UK will not cancel Brexit – the EU has accepted that Britain will not change its mind on Brexit and may never return to the EU. EU leaders do not expect any substantive change in the UK’s position prior to Brexit in March 2019, even if parliament do vote on a Brexit deal before the deadline. In a speech due to take place today, Phil Hogan (Ireland’s EU Commissioner in Brussels) believes the last year of negotiations have been a lesson to other EU members who may have pushed to exit the EU. He believes that the UK will struggle in trade negotiations, owing to its new medium sized nation status, and will suffer from reduced bargaining power and reduced security of its markets and supply chains (The Guardian).
  • Britons in favour of holding a vote on the Brexit deal – a YouGov poll has found that 44% of 813 adults polled said that there should be a vote on Theresa May’s Brexit terms, compared to 36% who did not think such a vote should take place. This almost reverses the proportions from a similar poll in January 2018 (42% believed there should not be a vote, compared to 33% who thought there should) (Bloomberg).
  • Increase in applications for EU passports – the number of Britons becoming citizens of another EU country more than doubled in 2016 with 6,555 Britons acquiring citizenship in another EU member state, up 165% from 2015. Belgium, where Briton’s hold jobs which may depend on EU citizenship, has granted passports to 506 people, four times as many as 2015 (Reuters).