• This weeks Brexit summary

    This weeks was another week dominated by Brexit and we have a slight change in position from the UK. The week started with the conclusion of the first EU-Arab summit in Sharm El Sheikh. As the summit concluded Jean Claude Junker, Donald Tusk and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (Egypt President) gave a joint press conference which was mainly focussed on relations between the EU and the League of Arab States but Brexit was still mentioned in the Q&A session. Both Junker and Tusk were questioned on the possibility of extending Article 50, please see below some short notes from the press conference:

    - During a meeting between Donald Tusk and Theresa May they discussed a range of issues including a possible extension to Article 50
    - Donald Tusk adds the less time there is until the 29 March, the greater is the likelihood of an extension. And this is an objective fact;
    not our intention, not our plan, but an objective fact
    - Donald Tusk feels there’s no majority in House of Commons so the choices are between a chaotic exit or an extension
    - As a result of this stark choice Donald Tusk feels the only rational solution given the timeframe is an extension
    - Jean Claude Junker also added that he has met Theresa May 3 times over the past week and that they are making good progress

    After this press conference Theresa May gave her own press conference which was far more Brexit dominated, please see notes below from her press conference:

    - Good meetings with heads of state whilst in Egypt: Merkel, Varkadkar and Conte along with meetings with Junker and Tusk
    - UK’s negotiating team are out in Brussels this week continuing talks on legal assurances around the backstop
    - There’s a real determination to find a solution and for the UK to leave with a deal come 29th March
    - Extending Article 50 doesn’t address or resolve the issue
    - There will be a meaningful vote by the 12th Feb
    - Theresa May will update the House on progress of talks this week
    - A deal is within our grasp and where all her energy is focussed

    Having returned from Egypt Monday evening, Tuesday was a day for domestic politics, with Theresa May giving a statement to the House of Commons on Brexit updating the house on negotiations. Full statement to be found here

    The main points worth lighting from her statement are as follows:

    1. The meaningful vote which was scheduled to take place this week has been pushed back a further 2 weeks, please see to the left the new
    timetable for votes.
    2. This was the first time Theresa May has been open and even suggested that an extension could happen, a clear change in messaging.
    3. Work continues on ‘alternative arrangements’ so that “…even if the full future relationship is not in place by the end of the
    implementation period, the backstop is not needed because we have a set of alternative arrangements ready to go.”
    4. Theresa May went onto reaffirm the UKs commitment to high workers, environmental and health & safety standards even after exiting the
    Union.
    5. The government published a paper on ‘Implications for Business and Trade of a No Deal Exit on 29 March 2019’
    6. She was clear to state that an extension cannot take no deal off the table, nor would it make getting a deal any easier
    7. And even in the event of no deal EU Citizens rights within the UK will be protected.


    Make UK Comment on Prime Minister's statement
    Stephen Phipson, CEO of Make UK the manufacturers’ organisation said:

    “Finally the Government is starting to listen to business and this is welcome. However, a short extension of article 50 simply moves the cliff edge back a few weeks and it doesn’t offer UK manufacturers confidence that we will not crash out of the EU a short time later than expected. This will be catastrophic to a sector that employs close to 3 million people and accounts for almost half of our country’s exports. Whilst they are beginning to recognise the devastating impact of no deal, Government must do much more to show business that our message has not been lost in translation.
    “As we keep reiterating, UK manufacturing needs a deal. Time is running out – six weeks since the withdrawal agreement was firmly rejected and the Government gives little confidence that a mutually agreeable deal is on the way. We urge both the Government and Parliament to take all steps to unite behind a pragmatic Brexit agreement as soon as possible.


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  • This weeks was another week dominated by Brexit and we have a slight change in position from the UK. The week started with the conclusion of the first EU-Arab summit in Sharm El Sheikh. As the summit concluded Jean Claude Junker, Donald Tusk and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (Egypt President) gave a joint press conference which was mainly focussed on relations between the EU and the League of Arab States but Brexit was still mentioned in the Q&A session. Both Junker and Tusk were questioned on the possibility of extending Article 50, please see below some short notes from the press conference:

    - During a meeting between Donald Tusk and Theresa May they discussed a range of issues including a possible extension to Article 50
    - Donald Tusk adds the less time there is until the 29 March, the greater is the likelihood of an extension. And this is an objective fact;
    not our intention, not our plan, but an objective fact
    - Donald Tusk feels there’s no majority in House of Commons so the choices are between a chaotic exit or an extension
    - As a result of this stark choice Donald Tusk feels the only rational solution given the timeframe is an extension
    - Jean Claude Junker also added that he has met Theresa May 3 times over the past week and that they are making good progress

    After this press conference Theresa May gave her own press conference which was far more Brexit dominated, please see notes below from her press conference:

    - Good meetings with heads of state whilst in Egypt: Merkel, Varkadkar and Conte along with meetings with Junker and Tusk
    - UK’s negotiating team are out in Brussels this week continuing talks on legal assurances around the backstop
    - There’s a real determination to find a solution and for the UK to leave with a deal come 29th March
    - Extending Article 50 doesn’t address or resolve the issue
    - There will be a meaningful vote by the 12th Feb
    - Theresa May will update the House on progress of talks this week
    - A deal is within our grasp and where all her energy is focussed

    Having returned from Egypt Monday evening, Tuesday was a day for domestic politics, with Theresa May giving a statement to the House of Commons on Brexit updating the house on negotiations. Full statement to be found here

    The main points worth lighting from her statement are as follows:

    1. The meaningful vote which was scheduled to take place this week has been pushed back a further 2 weeks, please see to the left the new
    timetable for votes.
    2. This was the first time Theresa May has been open and even suggested that an extension could happen, a clear change in messaging.
    3. Work continues on ‘alternative arrangements’ so that “…even if the full future relationship is not in place by the end of the
    implementation period, the backstop is not needed because we have a set of alternative arrangements ready to go.”
    4. Theresa May went onto reaffirm the UKs commitment to high workers, environmental and health & safety standards even after exiting the
    Union.
    5. The government published a paper on ‘Implications for Business and Trade of a No Deal Exit on 29 March 2019’
    6. She was clear to state that an extension cannot take no deal off the table, nor would it make getting a deal any easier
    7. And even in the event of no deal EU Citizens rights within the UK will be protected.


    Make UK Comment on Prime Minister's statement
    Stephen Phipson, CEO of Make UK the manufacturers’ organisation said:

    “Finally the Government is starting to listen to business and this is welcome. However, a short extension of article 50 simply moves the cliff edge back a few weeks and it doesn’t offer UK manufacturers confidence that we will not crash out of the EU a short time later than expected. This will be catastrophic to a sector that employs close to 3 million people and accounts for almost half of our country’s exports. Whilst they are beginning to recognise the devastating impact of no deal, Government must do much more to show business that our message has not been lost in translation.
    “As we keep reiterating, UK manufacturing needs a deal. Time is running out – six weeks since the withdrawal agreement was firmly rejected and the Government gives little confidence that a mutually agreeable deal is on the way. We urge both the Government and Parliament to take all steps to unite behind a pragmatic Brexit agreement as soon as possible.


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    Jim.
    Jim Davison
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    Make UK