James Forsyth 15 March 2019 10:50 AM 15 March 2019 10:50 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp The prospects of Theresa May’s Brexit deal passing now hinge on what risk there is of the UK being trapped in the backstop against its will. A compelling new legal analysis by Policy Exchange suggests that this risk is significantly lower than thought. Written by three distinguished lawyers—a professor of international law at King’s College London, a former first parliamentary counsel and an Oxford professor—the paper makes clear that the new protections on the backstop have greater force than appreciated. First, the ‘good faith’ obligation in international law is more meaningful than thought. The bar for proving that the EU is not acting in good faith is such that if the EU only advanced solutions to the backstop that involved the UK—or Northern Ireland—staying in a customs union then it would be at … [Read more...] about Is there a risk Britain will get stuck in the Brexit backstop?
Northern Ireland disorder could help UK out of backstop, says Attorney General Cox BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The UK's top lawyer, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, has told MPs he has identified a way for the UK to escape the Irish border backstop if it causes disorder in Northern Ireland. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/northern-ireland-disorder-could-help-uk-out-of-backstop-says-attorney-general-cox-37916396.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article37915720.ece/5df6d/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-03-15_new_48771997_I3.JPG Email The UK's top lawyer, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, has told MPs he has identified a way for the UK to escape the Irish border backstop if it causes disorder in Northern Ireland. The backstop, aimed to prevent a hard border in Ireland, has caused a deadlock in the Brexit process, with both the DUP and Brexiteer MPs rejecting it outright. However, the Irish Government and EU are adamant that there will be no … [Read more...] about Northern Ireland disorder could help UK out of backstop, says Attorney General Cox
Britain's Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox steps out onto Downing Street in London, Britain March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville LONDON (Reuters) - The British government wants to be able to give further assurances over the so-called Irish backstop but Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal is the only one on the table, trade minister Liam Fox said on Thursday. The government’s top lawyer said this week a revised divorce deal with the EU had not given Britain legal means of exiting the backstop arrangement unilaterally, leading to May’s Brexit deal being defeated for a second time. Asked during a news conference whether May could win any further changes to the deal or whether parliament could be asked to vote again on the same agreement, Fox said: “Obviously we want to continue to be able to give assurances on the legal elements around the backstop.” “But ultimately the choices are limited ... there is only one deal on … [Read more...] about UK’s Fox: govt wants to give assurances on backstop but only one…
Attorney General Geoffrey Cox was today warned that using a Vienna Convention article to get out of the Brexit backstop was a “complete non-starter”. The QC was also told he risked turning his “codpiece into a figleaf” if he changes his legal advice, which had been dubbed a “codpiece”, in an eleventh-hour bid by the Government to persuade Tory and DUP MPs to back Theresa May’s plans. Mr Cox was reported to be in talks with the DUP about arguing that Article 62 of the Vienna Convention could be used for the UK to pull out of the Northern Ireland border backstop unilaterally if talks on a trade deal hit the rocks. But the House of Commons Library made clear that using such a route to pull out of the Withdrawal Agreement may not succeed. Professor Philippe Sands, a UCL law professor, and lawyer Martin Howe QC, who sat on the Brexiteers’ legal “star chamber” which rejected Mrs May’s deal earlier this week, were … [Read more...] about Using Vienna Convention to get out of Brexit backstop a ‘non-starter’
After almost three years of uncertainty, the UK will have its last chance today to vote on Brexit and regardless of whether it’s approved — the British economy already looks to have suffered.A new report has found more than 275 financial firms have moved or are moving their staff and about £925 billion ($AU1.7 trillion) in assets out of the UK.The report from think tank New Financial provides one of the most detailed analysis on the impact of Brexit on financial services.It found firms had already begun moving to European Union countries, with Dublin by far the biggest beneficiary. About 100 businesses are moving to the city or selecting it as their post-Brexit hub. This is followed by Luxembourg (60), Paris (41), Frankfurt (40) and Amsterdam (32).Some of these cities have become favoured by certain industries.Among those surveyed, nearly half of all asset managers, hedge funds and private equity firms chose Dublin as their new base; while almost 90 per cent of firms … [Read more...] about Theresa May announces backstop measures with EU on Brexit