Last night Boris Johnson succumbed to his first vote in the House of Commons, becoming the first Prime Minister since the Earl of Rosebery in 1894. One could be forgiven to think that the Brexit negotiations between Britain and the EU would have been suspended under the current circumstances – but although the chief negotiators on both sides are currently out of harm`s way because of the coronavirus, negotiations are still ongoing. Yesterday, the two sides (formally the Joint Committee on the Withdrawal Agreement) met by teleconference, with Michael Gove replacing David Frost for the British delegation and replacing Michel Barnier with European Commission Vice-President Maroé Efsovic. Last night, the UK Government launched a brief “reading” of the day in which it stated that the UK and the EU had agreed to begin the work of the six specialised committees on the following topics: (1) citizens` rights; (2) other separation provisions; (3) Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland; (4) protocol on the basic sovereign territories in Cyprus; (5) Gibraltar Protocol; and (6) financial provisions. If the EU opposes a delay, the default position is that the UK will leave the EU on Thursday 31 October at 23:00. If an agreement has been adopted by Parliament and obtained final EU approval, the UK will withdraw by agreement. If it was not adopted, the United Kingdom would leave without a deal. The only other outcome would be for Parliament to vote in favour of repealing Article 50 and annul Brexit. The Law Society also points out that the free trade agreement (FTA) model for a future EU-UK partnership agreement, which was the proposed model of political declaration and white paper, would not provide the necessary framework for the optimal performance of the LEGAL services sector in the UK.
It warns that if the Uk opted for this model, several important rights would not automatically be guaranteed to British lawyers and their clients, such as the full possibility of providing legal advice in another Member State if they are not established in that Member State; recognition of practice and legal forms, such as limited partnerships. B limited liability; protecting communication between lawyer and client through the privilege of a lawyer at EU level when they act in private practice and in public rights before the European Court of Justice. According to the motion of 27 February, the defeat of the second significant vote means that the government must immediately submit a request to withdraw from the European Union without a withdrawal agreement.