Countdown to Brexit: 74 days – A critical week ahead – news and events roundup

Brexit in Parliament - the week ahead

Monday 14 January

  • Day 4 of the ‘Meaningful Vote’ debate.  MPs continue discussion of the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration.  This evening is the deadline for tabling amendments.  Tomorrow morning, Tuesday, the Speaker will announce which amendments have been selected for debate.  There are no limits to the number of amendments that can be considered.

  • MPs will also debate 7 petitions relating to the UK leaving the EU from 4:30 pm.  The Petitions Committee chose to have one composite debate on these petitions to ensure they were debated as soon as possible.

 Tuesday 15 January

  • At the end of the fifth day of debate, MPs are expected to vote sometime after from 7:00 pm today.  There will be votes on amendments taking place first - followed by the ‘Meaningful Vote’ on the Brexit ‘deal’.

  • We will post a summary briefing on what happens if the Government lose the vote and the UK was to leave the European Union on 29 March in a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

  • The Scottish Affairs Committee considers intergovernmental relations and analyses international examples to assess the relations between the UK and Scottish governments.

 Wednesday 16 January

  • The Immigration Bill returns to the Commons for its second reading this afternoon.

  • At 1:45pm, the European Scrutiny Committee takes evidence from former Brexit Secretary David Davis to explore the manner and conduct of Brexit negotiations.

In case you missed it – here is a summary of last weeks Brexit highlights and news

  • British Cabinet ministers suggested that a backlog of at least six essential bills that must be passed by Parliament before the UK leaves the EU means the timetable for Brexit may be extended;

  • Billionaire, Peter Hargreaves, and hedge fund manager, Crispin Odey - two of the biggest donors to the campaign for the ‘UK to Leave the EU’ - say there is a growing chance that the Government will abandon Brexit;

  • Mr Odey said if that were to happen, sterling and some UK stocks would see strong gains

  •  Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe pledged “total support” for Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement with the EU, adding the “whole world” wants the UK to avoid a no-deal Brexit

  •  Honda UK has said it will shut down its Swindon factory for six days in April to adjust to "all possible outcomes caused by logistics and border issues" after Brexit

  •  French insurer AXA announced plans to move staff from the XL Group, a company it acquired last year, from the UK to Ireland because of Brexit

  • Rebel Conservatives and Labour MPs voted to force Theresa May to announce new Brexit plans within three days if her deal fails in the Commons tomorrow; they also voted to curb the government’s tax administration powers in the event of a no-deal exit, without explicit authorisation from Parliament

  •  The value of real estate transactions in Frankfurt rose by 36% last year, boosted by growing demand for office space as 25 UK-based banks move operations and staff from London to Frankfurt

  • On Sunday, the International Trade Committee Chair, Angus Brendan MacNeil raised concerns about the Government's announcement of a roll-over of EU Swiss Trade agreement.

John ShuttleworthComment