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Brexit Weekly Briefing – 28/11/16

Brexit Weekly Briefing – 28/11/16

Theresa May and government are set to face a second legal challenge by form of judicial review. The latest legal challenge is questioning whether the decision to leave the single market should additionally have been on the ballot paper in the June referendum on EU membership. The group British Influence aim to use judicial review to suggest the government is acting unlawfully to use Brexit as a means of leaving the European Economic Area.  The group have written to David Davis suggesting that the government should not be focusing on article 50 alone, but also Article 127 and 128 of the EEA Agreement.

It was revealed by a leaked government memo on Monday that Ministers suggest Britain ‘have their cake and eat it.’  Major hurdles were hinted at a trade deal, with the leaked memo suggesting France may aim to ‘steal’ Britains business. The note further hinted at an attempt to obtain a Canada Plus deal for the intended exit. The leaked memo similarly suggested Britain would seek to use its position in Security as leverage in an attempt to acquire a fair exit.

Theresa May hosted Polish officials this week in a charm offensive attempting to get the Polish on board with Brexit. Discussions revolved around protecting ‘valuable migrant workers’ and their rights within the UK. Mrs May emphasised before the meeting the ‘special relationship’ between Poland and Britain, with their shared war efforts in the Second World War an example.  Poland currently governed by a right wing government, believe that upon a British exit from the EU, the EU will be further consumed by the French and Germans, leading to a federal style model of leadership.

Top government ministers acknowledge on Thursday that the country may still continue to pay Brussels for maintaining access to the single market even after the UK leaves the EU. The current payment structured deal is due to end in 2020 with Britain currently contributing an estimated 0.25% of national income to Brussels. David Davis and Philip Hammond suggested that a EU Budget payment deal similar to that operated by Norway and Switzerland could be implemented post Brexit. Such a deal would allow continual access to goods and services in the EU single market. This has however been met with comments from EU leaders, that Britain would still have to accept freedom of movement of persons, a major red tape in the eyes of Leave campaigners.

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