Prime Minister Theresa May was accused of political cowardice after she called off a crucial Brexit vote and told members of Parliament she will seek “further reassurances” over the Northern Ireland backstop. My news story for Tax Notes (paywall), December 11:
A House of Commons committee has highlighted concerns about the level of Brexit preparedness at the UK border, telling officials it is “alarming that so little planning has been undertaken” for Northern Ireland.
My news story for Tax Notes (paywall), December 7*:
Other Brexit stories published in the week ending December 7:
Brexit advice vindicates opposition to backstop, Unionists say (December 6*)
Contempt vote forces publication of Brexit legal advice (December 5)
Advocate General’s opinion boosts anti-Brexit campaign (December 5*)
*These stories were also published in the December 10 edition of Tax Notes International.
The Brexit deal awaiting ratification by UK lawmakers is the only possible deal, but the EU is prepared for the UK to remain a member, European Council President Donald Tusk said.
It is becoming clearer that the deal approved by EU leaders is “the best possible — in fact, the only possible one,” Tusk said November 30 at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires.
My news story for Worldwide Tax Daily, published by Tax Analysts on November 29 (paywall). This story was also published in the December 10 edition of Tax Notes International: EU Is Prepared for ‘No Brexit,’ Tusk Says
Prime Minister Theresa May insisted that the UK would be “better off” under her Brexit deal, even after a government analysis suggested that the economy could be 3.9 percent smaller compared with staying in the EU.
A no-deal Brexit could result in a 9.3 percent reduction in GDP after 15 years, according to the analysis published on November 28. May appears to be facing defeat on December 11, when members of Parliament will vote on the deal agreed upon by EU leaders November 25.
My news story for Worldwide Tax Daily, published by Tax Analysts on November 29 (paywall). This story was also published in the December 3 edition of Tax Notes International: May Unmoved by Government’s Brexit Impact Assessment
The UK government will invest £8 million to help customs intermediaries expand to meet “potential capacity challenges” in the event of a no-deal Brexit. A package of measures will include support for training and increased automation for customs brokers, freight forwarders, and fast parcel operators, according to a joint October 22 release issued by HM Revenue & Customs and HM Treasury.
My news story for Worldwide Tax Daily, published by Tax Analysts on October 24 (paywall). This story was also published in the October 29 edition of Tax Notes International::
Negotiations on Gibraltar‘s future after Brexit have delivered “a fairly final protocol,” but tax is one of several issues still to be resolved, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said.
My news story for Worldwide Tax Daily, published by Tax Analysts on October 20 (paywall):
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said an extension of the Brexit transition period “probably will happen,” after UK Prime Minister Theresa May said it was an option that had emerged in the Brexit talks.
My news story for Worldwide Tax Daily, published by Tax Analysts on October 19 (paywall). This story was also published in the October 22 edition of Tax Notes International:
Any solution to the Irish border issue must preserve the integrity of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Theresa May said in a defiant response to the EU-27 leaders’ rejection of her Brexit plan.
Both sides in the negotiations have to face the fact that there are “two big issues where we remain a long way apart,” May told a Downing Street press conference September 21. European Council President Donald Tusk declared on September 20, at the end of an informal summit in Salzburg, that the United Kingdom’s proposed framework for future economic cooperation “will not work, not least because it risks undermining the single market.”
Responding to May’s speech in a September 21 statement, Tusk said the EU-27 will “treat the Chequers plan as a step in the right direction.” Read more:
My news story for Worldwide Tax Daily, published by Tax Notes on September 22 (paywall)
The U.K. government must change its approach to Brexit to secure a withdrawal agreement if the EU continues to oppose its customs proposals, according to a House of Commons committee.
Brexit secretary Dominic Raab told journalists, however, that the government has made compromises. “We do need to see that matched on the EU side,” he said.
Prime Minister Theresa May told the BBC September 17 that if Parliament does not back the Chequers proposals, “the alternative to that would be not having a deal.” Read more:
My news story for Worldwide Tax Daily, published by Tax Notes on September 19 (paywall)
HM Revenue & Customs has alerted 145,000 businesses that trade only with EU countries to changes that would have an immediate impact in the event of a no-deal Brexit in March 2019.
For businesses outside Northern Ireland, HMRC confirmed that in a no-deal Brexit scenario, those trading with the European Union only would have to start completing customs declarations from March 2019, and that customs checks would be applied for the first time. Read more:
My news story for Tax Notes (paywall), September 14