Employment law and migration on a deal/no-deal Brexit

The post below was first published on our Employment blog The last few weeks have seen a flurry of publications providing a slightly clearer picture of the employment and immigration consequences of a Brexit deal or no-deal.  In addition to the final text of the draft Withdrawal Agreement setting out the arrangements for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU … Read more


There has been much discussion of whether the UK Government’s attempt to have the negotiated withdrawal deal (the legally binding Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration on future relations) approved by the UK Parliament by way of “meaningful vote” will be successful. The present consensus is that it will not, although the final outcome may … Read more

UK Government note clarifies “no deal” and data protection

The UK Government has published a “no deal” note to clarify how data protection law will work in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The note confirms that separate draft regulations and more detailed guidance will be published in the next few weeks but, in the meantime, it clarifies at … Read more

Supreme Court rules on legislative framework for powers returning after Brexit and scope of Scottish Parliament’s legislative competence

SUMMARY The Supreme Court has handed down its decision on the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill (“the Scottish Bill”), in a judgment which will have important implications for legislative powers returning from Brussels upon Brexit and for the UK’s devolution framework. In preparation for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, … Read more


The European Commission has announced that it has started implementing its Brexit “no deal” Contingency Action Plan given the continuing uncertainty regarding ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement in the UK.  This follows the Commission’s communication of 13 November 2018 which provided details of the types of contingency measures that it intended to take in a … Read more

The View from Brussels – Comments on various “Plans B”

The negotiated withdrawal deal comprising a legally binding Withdrawal Agreement and a Political Declaration on future relations is facing significant opposition in the UK and is now unlikely to be submitted for parliamentary approval before January. The situation is confused and expressions of despair are being heard in Brussels as well as in the UK.  … Read more