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Summary: In the early hours of 11 April, the EU and the UK agreed to delay Brexit until 31 October 2019, removing the threat of the UK crashing out with No-Deal on Friday 12 April. The EU’s decision operates as a “flextension”: if the UK Government is successful in its talks with the opposing UK Labour party and the Withdrawal Agreement it negotiated with the EU is ratified by UK Parliament at the fourth time…
Summary: On April 1, 2019, UK Parliament implemented the second phase of its ‘Indicative Votes’ process, which had been devised to find out if there was a UK Parliamentary majority for any one Brexit strategy, following Friday’s third UK Parliamentary defeat of the Withdrawal Agreement that was negotiated between the UK Government and EU. Chart available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-politics-46393399 All four alternate Brexit strategies put forward were rejected by UK Parliament. The four proposals put forward…
Summary: The UK Parliament – for the third (and likely final) time – rejected the Withdrawal Agreement that was negotiated over the course of 18 months between the UK Government and EU. As things stand, the UK is therefore on course for a No-Deal Brexit on 12 April 2019. However, per last week’s summit, the EU have said that they will consider a lengthy extension to the Article 50 withdrawal process if, in light of…
Summary: Yesterday, March 27, 2019, saw more major developments within UK Parliament as the UK continues to struggle to formulate a Brexit strategy ahead of the default No-Deal Brexit date of 11 April 2019. Prior to the 8 sets of “indicative” votes that took place March 27, 2019 evening, which were designed to indicate what strategy Members of Parliament would be willing to pursue in order to break the Brexit deadlock, the UK Prime Minister…
  Over the last week, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued two updated advisories, as well as issued a series of new designations of Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs), highlighting the sanctions-related risks for, and the focus on, the shipping community. Taken together, they provide important guidance for members of the shipping industry—including shipping companies, ship owners, insurance companies, and financial institutions with shipping practices, port operators, and…
Summary:   Following negotiations that went well into the night, the EU took control of the Brexit endgame, turning down the UK Prime Minister’s plea to postpone Brexit from 29 March to 30 June, and instead drawing up a “flextension” plan that officially delays Brexit to 12 April 2019 at the earliest. Under the terms of the plan, which was devised by the EU’s 27 heads of state and government and accepted by the UK…
Summary: On 20 March, the UK Prime Minister formally wrote to Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, requesting that Brexit should be delayed until 30 June 2019 – three months later than the long-envisaged exit date next Friday, 29 March 2019. The UK Government’s request will be discussed on 21 March by the EU’s 27 heads of state and government at the European Council summit in Brussels. It is unlikely the EU will unanimously approve the UK’s…
Speaker of the House invokes Parliamentary Protocol from 1604 Summary: Monday, March 18, 2019, saw the Prime Minister blocked from putting forward the Brexit “Withdrawal Agreement” that the UK Government negotiated with the EU to a third Parliamentary vote. John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, who in accordance with longstanding UK Parliamentary protocol, decides on whether to allow any vote, told the UK Government that it cannot bring the deal back for a third vote…
  UK Votes – will not leave EU on March 29, 2019 Summary: On March 14, 2019, the UK Parliament voted to extend Article 50 (the formal mechanism for leaving the EU).  It will not leave the EU on March 29, 2019. Separately, MPs passed on taking charge of the Brexit process going forward, by voting down a proposal that would have seen a series of votes in UK Parliament next week allowing MPs to…
  No-Deal, No Brexit, and the Withdrawal Agreement all remain on the table. Summary: On March 13, 2019, UK Members of Parliament voted 321 to 278 to rule out a No-Deal Brexit in any scenario. MPs had earlier on Wednesday voted in favour of rejecting No-Deal. This was yet another attempt to convince Parliament to accept the Brexit “Withdrawal Agreement” that it had negotiated with the EU and forced a final vote to try to get No-Deal…