Brexit in Brief, 30 July 2018

Jul 30, 2018

We bring you a round-up of this week’s Brexit activities which saw the UK Prime Minister take over the responsibility of the Brexit negotiations from the new Brexit secretary and the EU puts a dampener on the UK's customs proposals.

  • UK Prime Minister announced last week that she will take over the responsibility of the Brexit negotiations with the EU. New Brexit secretary Dominic Raab will “deputise” for her in the talks
  • Following a round of further talks, agreement was reported on citizens’ rights and the financial settlement but the EU have said that critical elements of the UK's customs proposals are unworkable. Back to the drawing board? UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab  was more upbeat saying that he was confident a solution for the border in Ireland could be achieved
  • Tánaiste Simon Coveney said that Ireland would support the UK if it sought an extension to the Brexit negotiations beyond the two year limit set in Article 50
  • Dublin port is building new customs facilities ahead of Brexit
  • In case of a no deal Brexit, the NHS in England is preparing to stockpile medicines and blood products, says Health Secretary, and Ireland is also making contingency plans