Brexit Blog

15 November 2017

Keeping an eye on the ‘ex’: the EU Gothenburg Summit and the future of UK employment law

This Friday, 17 November 2017, the European Commission, EU heads of government and other voices on social policy will gather in Gothenburg at a summit on EU social policy, with a focus on “fair jobs and growth”. Why should we be interested in this? Brexit means Brexit. The UK is not part of the EU’s future. We are leaving. Checking up on the other EU states (commonly referred to as the ‘EU-27’) seems pointless. Shouldn’t we just leave the EU-27 to rebuild their future without our attention? Everyone has to move on once the tears have been shed. Isn’t that so?

Adam Lambert

8 November 2017

#Brexit: Latest proposals for EU citizens living in the UK

The British government has published a technical note setting out its proposed administrative procedures for EU citizens living in the UK – and their family members – who want to stay on after Brexit. 

12 October 2017

Free movement is our right. Don’t give it up.

More than a year after the EU referendum we’re still hearing the same arguments from both sides. Leavers, including the current government, have interpreted the result as a vote for ending the free movement of EU citizens because of concerns about wages and public services. Remainers focus on staying in the single market and say that free movement is the price we have to pay. 

24 August 2017

#Brexit: Lords examine financial regulation and supervision

The House of Lords EU Financial Affairs sub-committee has launched an inquiry into the future of financial regulation and supervision following the UK’s departure from the EU. 

23 August 2017

Brexit and cross-border divorces: Judicial co-operation and the special partnership

The Policy paper "Providing a cross-border civil judicial cooperation framework - a future partnership paper" published by Dexeu on 22 August is a welcome indication that the Government understands some of the issues we, as international family lawyers, are concerned about for our clients. The stated “new, deep and special partnership” with the EU is something Family lawyers are keeping a close eye on; we have expressed concern as to how divorce, maintenance and children disputes will work post-Brexit for international families with interests in the EU and the UK. We live in a world where people regularly relocate for work purposes and family reasons. We all know families comprising British nationals and EU citizens who now face an uncertain future from an economic, immigration and personal perspective. The uncertainty of how the law will support them is putting international families under pressure as they are making decisions about their residence and employment following the referendum. 

Claire Wood

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