Last month, we attended the Brexit Conference organised by the International Association of Family Lawyers (IAFL) and Resolution: “Does Brexit really mean Brexit for Family Law?”. We were hopeful that the expert panel of speakers would shed light on the unknown darkness of the international family law world post Brexit. As one of the speakers remarked, the English family lawyer has just about got to grips with the various European Regulations relevant to our practice (primarily Brussels II revised and the Maintenance Regulation) and we are now entering the unknown.
Ensuring that the UK “makes a success of Brexit” was the key theme of the Queen’s Speech 2017 (21June). It included eight bills to deal with the major constitutional and legal changes required as the UK leaves the EU.
Monday's announcement on the rights of EU citizens in the UK post-Brexit carried the headline grabbing statement that the Government will “apply rules to exclude those who are serious or persistent criminals and those whom we consider a threat to the UK”.
Last week, Theresa May announced her political offering to European leaders in Brussels on how she will deal with EU citizens living in the UK post Brexit. Yesterday, the government produced a document: The United Kingdom’s Exit from the European Union, which provides more detail on the PM’s approach and offering to EU citizens.