The Brady and Spelman Brexit amendments mean continued uncertainty for businesses

  • United Kingdom
  • 02/01/2019
  • Eversheds-Sutherland

What happened on 29 January 2019?

On 29 January 2019 the House of Commons voted on a series of amendments to a Government motion on its future negotiating stance in respect of the UK’s exit from the EU. The Commons previously rejected the Withdrawal Agreement (“WA”) on 15 January.

Two amendments were approved by the House of Commons.

The first, moved by Graham Brady, gave the Prime Minister a mandate to renegotiate the terms of the WA so as to replace the Northern Ireland backstop within the WA with alternative arrangements:

If the negotiation to replace the backstop is successful, this would mean either:

its removal from the WA altogether; or a unilateral right for the UK to withdraw on notice, for instance one year; or a time limit on the duration of the backstop, for instance two years.

Currently the EU is refusing to reopen negotiations in relation to the WA. Donald Tusk said that there will be no revisions to the WA in the form that was agreed in November 2018, although the EU would be willing to revise the framework for the future trading relationship. (continue)

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