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Brexit Round-up: June

Posted on 06 Jul 2018

Brexit Round-up: June

It started with talks in Brussels but the month has been dominated by disputes over customs arrangements, calls to speed up the talks and continuing warnings from the commercial sector - and even a surreal rant by EastEnders actor Danny Dyer.

The words 'control', 'progress', 'compromise', 'livid' and 'guts' have been just some of the vocabulary that's been banded about in the last month.

With Theresa May trying to steady the ship in extremely choppy waters amid clashes within her own party including Boris Johnson's taunts and Michael Gove's ripping up of a customs partnership report, there have been pressing calls from both businesses and the European Council to get a deal done.

Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said new momentum was needed from both sides for a Brexit breakthrough while the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders said that Brexit uncertainty was "thwarting" decisions by major car companies to put more money into UK factories.

Former cabinet ministers, economists and business figures including former chancellor Nigel Lawson, vocal Brexiteer John Redwood, and Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin all signed a letter saying Theresa May must prepare to exit the EU with no deal to have "real leverage" in Brexit negotiations

Signatories urged the government to accelerate plans to operate under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.

Amid all this, the government's Brexit legislation officially became law. It received royal assent - meaning the Queen has agreed to make it into an Act of Parliament.

It was subject to fierce debate as it passed through Parliament, with many attempts to change the wording but the legislation enables EU law to be transferred into UK law in an attempt to ensure a smooth Brexit.

The EU Withdrawal Act, as it is now known, will also repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, which took Britain into the EU and meant that European law took precedence over laws passed in the UK Parliament.

If you are looking for a slightly deeper dive into the whole issue around the Brexit dividend then the BBC Economics Editor Kamal Ahmed looks at the issues.

He reports on how the Government stands to gain £3bn a year in the financial year 2020-21 from Britain's departure from the EU and that number rises to £5.8bn by 2022-23.

With the pre-referendum rhetoric promising more money for the NHS, he outlines how the Government has already committed some of the money elsewhere. It will be needed to continue supporting policies and projects presently funded via the EU including farming and research into science and education.

In what The Guardian, called a 'deeply surreal appearance', EastEnders star Danny Dyer gave some strong views about Brexit alongside Piers Morgan and Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn in a one-off evening edition of ITV's flagship Good Morning Britain programme.

According to The Guardian he launched a 'tirade of abuse at the state of Brexit negotiations to an audience of millions' and was quoted as saying "Who knows about Brexit?..... "You watch Question Time, it's comedy. No one knows what it is. It's like this mad riddle...."

It's probably available to view on catch-up and YouTube....

And, if you can't get enough of Brexit, then the BBC is running the Brexit Lectures. Talks by key figures from both ends of the spectrum. For June it was Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg but John Redwood, Tony Blair, Liam Fox and Nick Clegg have also been featured.

Be Prepared for Brexit

August 2018
The date phased transition starts to the new Customs Declaration Service

January 2019
The date when phased transition ends for the new Customs Declaration Service.

March 2019
The date when the UK plans to leave the EU

For more information about how Warrant Group can help your business prepare for Brexit, contact Andy Simpson, Head of Business Development.

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