Brexit Bulletin, 4 March 2019

Feb 28, 2019

The Institute has created a hub for members to read all published guidance from the UK, Irish and EU authorities to help prepare for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. If you’re confused about the votes that will take place in the UK Parliament mid-March, take a look at our Brexit decision tree explaining the process. 

No deal guidance

The Institute has created a dedicated hub on its Brexit webpage which collates guidance and information leaflets produced by the UK and Irish governments and the EU to help businesses and people prepare in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  The page will be updated as information is released by the authorities.  

You can also read the practical customs guide prepared by the Institute and ICAEW using this link.  

Read all our Brexit updates on our Brexit web centre.

Mid-March voting

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said that she will put her withdrawal bill, including any changes agreed with the EU, to a meaningful vote in the UK Parliament by 12 March at the latest.  If the bill is not passed, MPs will then be offered two further votes.

The first vote will be on 13 March on whether MPs support a no-deal Brexit. MPs will be asked whether they support “leaving the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement and a framework for a future relationship on 29 March”.

If that vote fails and MPs don’t wish to leave the EU without a deal, MPs will have a vote on 14 March on whether to extend the two year Article 50 negotiations which would delay the UK leaving the EU beyond 29 March.

The UK Prime Minster said that any “short limited extension” should not go beyond the end of June 2019.  European Parliament elections are due to take place from 23 May. The UK Prime Minister in her statement to Parliament on Tuesday said “Let me be clear, I do not want to see Article 50 extended. Our absolute focus should be on working to get a deal and leaving on 29 March. An extension beyond the end of June would mean the UK taking part in the European Parliament elections. What kind of message would that send to the more than 17 million people who voted to leave the EU nearly three years ago now?”

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