OE: Clearing up confusion about Article 50 extension & No Deal as the “legal default”
Some commentators have suggested that the UK leaving the EU on the 29th March without a deal remains the “legal default,” even if the EU27 agree to grant an extension. As Open Europe’s Dominic Walsh points out, this is incorrect: if an extension is granted, the 29th March deadline will no longer apply. There is a provision in the Withdrawal Act for a minister to amend the exit date by moving a Statutory Instrument.
Last week, Parliament overwhelmingly voted in favour of seeking an extension to Article 50. Whether or not there is a third meaningful vote this week, and regardless of the result, the Prime Minister will seek an extension at the European Council summit on Thursday; a short one if the deal has passed, but a longer one if it has not. Open Europe have previously examined the positions of the EU27 here.
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Open Europe's Dominic Walsh summarises this week's developments in Brexit, trade, and EU affairs.24/01/2020 16:05:00
The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill has passed into law unamended and has received Royal Assent. The PM, Boris Johnson, said that the UK has “crossed the Brexit finish line” and could now “move forwards as one.”
OE Weekly Briefing: Devolution restored in Northern Ireland as the British & Irish Govts. prepare for the next phase of Brexit17/01/2020 12:15:00
Open Europe's David Shiels looks at the return of devolution in Northern Ireland and considers the role of the restored Executive in the next phase of the Brexit negotiation.
OE Weekly Briefing: Attention turns to the structure of next phase Brexit talks10/01/2020 13:20:00
Open Europe's Anthony Egan takes a look at what has been said on the structure of UK-EU future relationship talks after Johnson and von der Leyen's meet for the first time since the UK election result..
OE Weekly Briefing: A very different Brexit year lies ahead23/12/2019 10:30:00
Open Europe’s Policy Analyst David Shiels, provides the last Weekly Briefing of 2019 following the Withdrawal Agreement Bill passing last week in the House of Commons at Second Reading
OE: What does the Conservative election victory mean for Brexit?17/12/2019 13:10:00
Open Europe's Dominic Walsh and Stephen Booth consider what the election outcome means for Brexit.
OE Weekly Briefing: Post-Brexit immigration policy remains an open question09/12/2019 11:15:00
Open Europe's Anthony Egan takes a look at what both major parties have said about immigration and the questions that remain.
OE: How do trade agreements affect immigration policy?06/12/2019 12:10:00
Open Europe’s Anthony Egan explains how free trade agreements constrain the immigration policies of contracting countries, the unilateral measures governments have at their disposal, and the implications of this for the next UK Government.
OE Weekly Briefing: Spotlight on trade deals as manifestos published29/11/2019 10:15:00
As the general election campaign enters its final two weeks, Open Europe's Dominic Walsh examines the commitments on trade deals in the parties' manifestos.
OE: What do the parties’ election manifestos say about Brexit?27/11/2019 10:15:00
Most of the main UK political parties have now published their manifestos for the general election on 12 December. Open Europe’s Dominic Walsh examines each party’s Brexit policies and the key issues and questions that arise from them.