Issue 125: 2017 10 19: Week in Brief: UK

19 October 2017 Week In Brief: UK NEWS Brexit THE EU POSITION: Currently the parties are at something of an impasse. On the one hand the UK Government is not willing (and indeed is politically unable) to improve on the offer made by Mrs May in Florence to fund our share of the current cycle of… Continue reading Issue 125: 2017 10 19: Week in Brief: UK

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Issue 124: 2017 10 12: Week In Brief: UK

12 October 2017 Week in Brief: UK Brexit EU NEGOTIATIONS: The failure by the EU to react constructively to the proposals in Mrs May’s Florence speech has changed the emphasis of the government’s approach.  Mrs May’s position is that the ball is now in the Brussels court and that we are not prepared to offer more money… Continue reading Issue 124: 2017 10 12: Week In Brief: UK

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Issue 123: 2017 10 05: Week in Brief: UK

05 October 2017 Week In Brief: UK Brexit JOHNSON RETREATS FROM LIMB: Last week Boris Johnson continued his attempts at backseat driving, telling The Sun that the Government must raise the minimum wage and pay more to public sector workers.  He was also said to have set further red lines for Brexit saying that the transitional… Continue reading Issue 123: 2017 10 05: Week in Brief: UK

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Issue 122: 2017 09 28: Week in Brief: UK

28 September 2017 Week in Brief: UK Brexit MAY IN FLORENCE: In a speech on Friday, the Prime Minister proposed a two-year transition period which would, in effect, put off much of Brexit until 2021.  During that period Britain would no longer have any representation at EU level but would continue to participate in the… Continue reading Issue 122: 2017 09 28: Week in Brief: UK

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Issue 121: 2017 09 21: Week in Brief: UK

21 September 2017 Week In Brief: UK Brexit BREXIT BOUNCER: Boris Johnson has preempted the Prime Minister’s speech in Florence next Friday by publishing an article in The Daily Telegraph setting out his own vision for Brexit.  The article which has drawn criticism from Amber Rudd for back seat driving, earned a swift rebuke from… Continue reading Issue 121: 2017 09 21: Week in Brief: UK

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Issue 120: 2017 09 14: Week in Brief: UK

14 September 2017 Week in Brief: UK Brexit GREAT REPEAL BILL: The bill which resets UK law at the point of Brexit passed its second reading comfortably with the Democratic Unionists and seven Labour MPs supporting the government.  Now it will move to committee.  Although a further Commons vote has given the Government control of… Continue reading Issue 120: 2017 09 14: Week in Brief: UK

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Issue 119: 2017 09 07: Week In Brief: UK

07 September 2017 Week In Brief: UK Brexit NEGOTIATIONS: The nation returns from its holidays to find that not much has moved in the negotiation between Mr Davis and Mr Barnier.  The EU still insists that further progress on three issues – the “Divorce Bill”, the rights of EU citizens who already live in the… Continue reading Issue 119: 2017 09 07: Week In Brief: UK

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Issue 118: 2017 08 17: Week in Brief: UK

17 August 2017 Week In Brief: UK Brexit TRANSITION: Philip Hammond and Liam Fox have published a joint article confirming that Britain will leave the customs union and the single market in 2019 and that, although there may be transitional provisions, they will not be used as a way of remaining in the EU by… Continue reading Issue 118: 2017 08 17: Week in Brief: UK

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Issue 117: 2017 08 10: Week in Brief: UK

10 August 2017 Week in Brief: UK Brexit TRADING DISPUTES:  The Department for International Trade is recruiting staff to deal with trading disputes after Brexit.  The team, expected to comprise some 130 personnel, will not begin to operate until Britain leaves the Customs Union. FISHING:  Speaking in Denmark, Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, has said… Continue reading Issue 117: 2017 08 10: Week in Brief: UK

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Issue 116: 2017 08 03: Week In Brief: UK

03 August 2017 Week In Brief: UK Brexit TRANSITION:  In a move which has attracted broad cross-party support but is still contentious within the Cabinet, Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has said that he would like to see a transitional deal which left trading relations with the EU much as they are now… Continue reading Issue 116: 2017 08 03: Week In Brief: UK

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Issue 115: 2017 07 27: Week in Brief: UK

27 July 2017 Week In Brief: UK Brexit BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS: Last week’s round of talks ended with little agreement.  Points at issue include whether EU citizen should be able to bring their families to the UK without restriction, whether the European Court of Justice should have any jurisdiction in the UK, whether the British people… Continue reading Issue 115: 2017 07 27: Week in Brief: UK

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Issue 114: 2017 07 20: Week In Brief: UK

20 July 2017 Week In Brief: UK Brexit BREXIT BILL: The Government has published the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill which will repeal the European Communities Act 1972, the statute which gives EU legislation effect in the UK.  The bill, which has the effect of freezing the law as at the date of Brexit so that… Continue reading Issue 114: 2017 07 20: Week In Brief: UK

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Issue 113: 2017 07 13: Week in Brief: UK

13 July 2017 Week in Brief: UK Government news TEACHERS PAY: Education Secretary Justine Greening has confirmed that the 1% cap on teachers’ pay is to remain in place.  The education budget is under pressure because of pledges to spend an additional £4 billion on schools which were made before the decision to scrap free… Continue reading Issue 113: 2017 07 13: Week in Brief: UK

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