Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn presented a motion of no confidence in the UK government after members of Parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal in a crushing 202-432 vote.
My news story for Tax Notes (paywall), published January 16:
U.K. Government Faces No-Confidence Vote After Brexit Defeat
Prime Minister Theresa May urged members of Parliament to give her Brexit deal a second look, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said “assurances” over the Irish backstop were “nothing but warm words and aspirations.”
My news story for Tax Notes (paywall), published January 15:
May’s Critics Reject ‘Assurances’ Over Brexit Backstop
A no-deal Brexit cannot be “managed” and is “certainly not desirable,” said Carolyn Fairbairn, Confederation of British Industry director general, as business leaders expressed frustration over the continued political impasse.
“The responsibility to ensure an orderly exit is now in Parliament’s hands. Each MP is democratically chosen to safeguard the security and prosperity of our country. And next week they face a test. If they meet it with yet more brinkmanship, the whole country could face a no-deal, disorderly Brexit. The economic consequences would be profound, widespread, and lasting,” Fairbairn told a business audience in Bristol January 11…
My news story for Tax Notes (paywall), published January 12:
U.K. Business Leaders Vent Frustration Ahead of Brexit Vote
Other stories published in week of January 7:
Labour Leader Prioritizes Election and a New Brexit Deal
MPs Vote to Tighten Grip on Brexit Process
‘Stormont Lock’ Fails to Win DUP Support for Brexit Backstop
Prime Minister Theresa May continued to seek reassurances from European leaders about the EU withdrawal agreement as it emerged that most members of her own party would favour a no-deal Brexit.
Three-quarters of respondents in a survey of 1,215 Conservative Party activists said they regarded as “exaggerated or invented” warnings that a no-deal Brexit could cause severe short-term disruption, such as shortages of food and medicines. My news story (paywall) for Tax Notes, January 7:
May Suffers Setback as Conservatives Back No-Deal Brexit
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 European Commission is satisfied that “sufficient progress has been achieved” on three priority issues in phase 1 of the Brexit talks, the commission announced on December 8, while questions remained about the implications of commitments given regarding Northern Ireland.
It is now for the European Council to decide at a December 15 meeting whether the negotiations should proceed to their second phase, the commission said, adding that its assessment, set out in a communication to the European Council (Article 50), was based on a joint report agreed by negotiators and endorsed by UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
My news story for Tax Analysts, December 8 (paywall)