Brexit round-up – referendum promises, EU position, UK position, Ireland, single market, Brexit bill, ECJ

As I am taking a break from active tweeting (and am instead just promoting my posts and so on), this is a round-up of interesting links on Brexit and similar stuff.

Brexit referendum – campaign

Interesting, from criminal solicitor-advocate Nicholas Diable:

Since Lord Sugar suggested criminal charges over the Brexit bus I looked into whether any crime was committed.https://t.co/ic2J9Wn5aD

— Nicholas Diable (@Defencebrief) August 2, 2017

Brexit negotiations – EU position

Martin Selmayr is, of course, chief of staff to the President of the European Commission.  He is currently making a point of tweeting a lot about Brexit and consumer standards and data protection:

Keeping these high EU consumer standards in UK law is essential for free flow of data postBrexit (March2019) https://t.co/6FHBw0S6uL via @FT

— Martin Selmayr (@MartinSelmayr) August 8, 2017

The data protection point is also addressed by Chris Grey in this informative post.:

How the UK’s data protection plans are an early example of the Brexit myth of ‘taking back control’. My latest blog: https://t.co/LWxDGdKXkW

— Chris Grey (@chrisgreybrexit) August 8, 2017

Brexit negotiations – UK position

The UK government is to release Brexit position papers in the next few weeks, according to The Guardian:

Government to release key Brexit policy papers in next few weeks https://t.co/klZVmzI6Qi

— The Guardian (@guardian) August 7, 2017

Simon Fraser, the former senior official at the Foreign Office has described the UK of being “a bit absent” in talks that “have not begun well” – news item.

Nick Macpherson, the former senior Treasury official is similarly unimpressed but hopes something better will come along:

Personnel change has usually been necessary when Britain has stared into the abyss. The question is who is who are our Churchill & Bridges?

— Nick Macpherson (@nickmacpherson2) August 7, 2017

An excellent thread by @jonnymorris1973 on UK’s lack of preparation for Brexit, and why this should alarm Brexiters more than anyone – click on this tweet to read full thread:

Thing I don’t understand about Brexit. Govt says we’re leaving the EU, single market, free movement area etc in April 2019. 20 months away.

— Jonny Morris (@jonnymorris1973) August 8, 2017

Wolfgang Munchau at the Financial Times wisely explains how Article 49 (on joining the EU) may become more important that Article 50.

Exit issues – Ireland

An outstanding piece by Finatn O’Toole on how the Republic of Ireland is deftly taking advantage of UK’s ineptness in the Brexit negotiations:

Fintan O’Toole: Brexiteers’ foolishness gives Ireland control https://t.co/AJ70bOcbTT via @IrishTimesOpEd

— Fintan O’Toole (@fotoole) August 8, 2017

Exit issues – Brexit bill and financial issues

Ian Dunt at The Guardian on how the UK should be realistic on the Brexit bill:

Face it: We’re going to pay that Brexit bill, so we might as well come to terms with it https://t.co/4ytP9GUDBD

— Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) August 8, 2017

A perhaps significant leader at The Sun on the UK settling its bill in return for free trade deal.

Article by Labour MP Chuka Umunna at the New Statesman“It’s official – there’s a £200m hole in the Brexit bus NHS promise”

Editorial at the Evening Standard on the financial side not being the real problem:

Here’s our editorial @EveningStandard – when it comes to the Brexit negotiations, don’t follow the moneyhttps://t.co/YDCA0Z9cQd

— George Osborne (@George_Osborne) August 7, 2017

Exit issues – single market

This is a fascinating piece by Matthew Holehouse on whether Article 127 of EEA is still in play, making it easier for the UK to stay in the single market:

Our story on Article 127, and if notification is required, is here. https://t.co/QUx2o0YkfR. Some interesting new wrinkles 1/3

— Matthew Holehouse (@mattholehouse) August 8, 2017

Exit issues – jurisdiction of European Court of Justice and related legal issues

A well-reasoned leader at The Times on the EFTA court as a work-around.

The BBC reports that “UK judges need clarity after Brexit” according to the president of the Supreme Court Lord Neuberger.

that report prompted this great thread by George Peretz QC on UK courts and ECJ jurisprudence, post-Brexit – the first tweet in thread is here, click on it for the rest:

As this says, key issue is how UK courts should deal with ECJ judgments post Brexit. + https://t.co/ceIZBcOObF

— George Peretz QC (@GeorgePeretzQC) August 8, 2017

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