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Brexit: News & Views from Morton Fraser

"Now is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning"

These famous words from Churchill, in a speech given nearly 75 years ago, provide an almost perfect description of where we are in the journey towards Brexit, following the Article 50 notice having been given at the end of March.

The Article 50 letter from the Prime Minister to the EU together with the draft guidelines for the negotiations which the EU Council published in response, do mean we have a much more meaningful framework or roadmap towards Brexit than at any point since 24th June last year. However, we are still largely in a world of principles and themes rather than specifics and certainties. What is clear is that we remain some distance away from having clarity on a number of crucial details, including on citizens’ rights, the mechanisms for securing a smooth transition and on the rules which companies will be operating once the UK ceases to be a member of the EU.

We are a firm which works across a wide range of sectors and with a wide range of clients - from large PLCs, owner-managed businesses, major clearing banks and angel investors to housebuilders, property developers, central and local government and private individuals. This allows us to take a broad view, whilst also seeing how the impact of Brexit-related issues can be quite different both between and within specific sectors.

So our task is to continue to work with our clients to assess what it means for each of them specifically, with the benefit of what we can see happening across the range of sectors we work in.

Read the full article from Chris Harte, Chief Executive, here.

Use the interactive timeline below to see how the Brexit road map has unfolded so far. You can also read about the Brexit related issues facing business, real state, the public sector and individuals and families as detailed by our legal experts.

EU
March 31 - 2017

EU Draft Guidelines response drafted

A nine-page document containing the EU’s draft Brexit negotiating guidelines

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UK
March 30 - 2017

Publication of The Great Repeal Bill: White Paper

Legislating for the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union

Read the paper
UK
March 29 - 2017

Article 50 triggered

Prime Minister Theresa May writes to European Council President Donald Tusk to notify him of the UK’s intention to leave the EU.

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Morton Fraser
March 14 - 2017

Brexit: Immigration and the Retail and Leisure Sectors

Author: Elspeth Carson

Since the UK voted to leave the EU I have spoken with many employers who have concerns about the implications of the decision for their EU staff members. These concerns apply across all sectors but there are particular concerns in the retail and leisure sectors.

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Morton Fraser
March 13 - 2017

Section 30 and the real start of another Scottish Independence Referendum campaign

Author: Lynda Towers

This morning the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon fired the official starting gun for the next Scottish Independence Referendum campaign.

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EU
March 13 - 2017

Dutch Prime Ministerial Election

UK
Jan 26 - 2017

The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill is introduced into the House of Commons

A Bill to confer power on the Prime Minister to notify, under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union, the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the EU.

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Morton Fraser
Jan 25 - 2017

The Supreme Court decide on Article 50

Author: Lynda Towers

The Supreme Court have now issued their judgement on whether the UK Government need to consult the Westminster Parliament before triggering Article 50 to start the formal process to take the UK out of the EU.

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UK
Jan 25 - 2017

Prime Minister announces there will be a White Paper on Brexit

UK
Jan 24 - 2017

Supreme Court decision in Miller & Ors v The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

The United Kingdom Supreme Court rules that the UK Government may not initiate withdrawal from the European Union by formal notification to the Council of the European Union as prescribed by Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union without an Act of the UK Parliament permitting the government to do so

Read the decision
UK
Jan 17 - 2017

Prime Minister's Speech on UK negotiating position

EU
Jan - 2017

Scottish Government Consultation on a Draft Referendum Bill closes

Morton Fraser
Dec 20 - 2016

The Scottish Government publish "Scotland's Place in Europe

Author: Lynda Towers

The Scottish Government have today published their promised paper setting out how they consider Scotland's interests could be protected in the Brexit negotiations once Article 50 has been triggered. They also provide outcomes they consider the UK Government should seek to meet those Scottish interests.

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EU
Dec - 2016

Scottish Government Publication Of "Scotland's Place in Europe" paper on SG preferred EU Brexit options

Scotland’s Place in Europe sets out the Scottish Government’s position following the result of the EU Referendum.

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UK
Dec 5-8 - 2017

Supreme Court Hearings in Miller & Ors v The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

Morton Fraser
Nov 3 - 2016

Article 50 Before the High Court in London - In R (on the application of Miller and Ors) v The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

Author: Lynda Towers

Can the Government trigger Article 50 TEU to take the UK out of the EU by exercising the Crown prerogative? It is a short but constitutionally complex question, that has already been the subject of much external comment.

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EU
Nov - 2016

Scottish Government Publication of "Scotland: A European Nation"

This publication outlines the historical, political and constitutional context that gives legitimacy to Scotland’s voice in the Brexit debate.

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Morton Fraser
Oct 20 - 2016

Indyref 2 - Consultation on a Draft Referendum Bill

Author: Lynda Towers

A Consultation on a Draft Referendum Bill was published this morning by the Scottish Government, all as trailed by the First Minister at the recent SNP Conference. The Bill being proposed is, essentially, an application of the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013, which governed the procedures at the last Independence Referendum, to any new Referendum. There are some technical changes as suggested by the Electoral Commission after the 2014 vote and some updating of practice to make the process work better.

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Scotland
Oct - 2016

Scottish Government Consultation on a Draft Referendum Bill

This consultation paper invited views on the proposals for how the referendum would be run. A draft Scottish Independence Referendum bill is set out as an appendix to the document.

Read the consultation
Morton Fraser
Sept 9 - 2016

The Apple Dispute: A Fundamental Issue for the EU

Author: Richard McMeeken

On 30 August 2016 the EU Commission ruled that Ireland was in breach of the EU state aid rules by reaching decisions which substantially and artificially lowered the tax paid by Apple in Ireland since 1991 in a way which had no factual or economic justification.

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Morton Fraser
Aug 31 - 2016

Brexit: A Litigator's Reflections

Author: Richard McMeeken

Almost exactly 20 years ago today I set off for the Netherlands to spend a year on the ERASMUS programme studying at the University of Leiden. In Edinburgh we now have to prepare for life outside the EU while Leiden remains at the heart of it.

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Morton Fraser
Aug 26 - 2016

Employment Law: Implications for Businesses of Leaving the EU

Author: Innes Clark

Innes Clark and Kate McGarrity look at the potential implications of Brexit on UK employment law and are joined by, Stuart McWilliams, one of our immigration specialists who provides his own thoughts on the possible consequences of Brexit.

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Morton Fraser
Aug 24 - 2016

Brexit - Immigration FAQ's for employers

Author: Stuart McWilliams

Our immigration expert, Stuart McWilliams, answers your frequently asked questions about Brexit and immigration.

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Morton Fraser
Aug 16 - 2016

Brexit? Don't panic...

Author: Jonathan Seddon

Property briefing: despite the shock to the commercial property market from the Brexit vote, the fundamentals remain quite strong, and those in the sector should stay level-headed as to its prospects.

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Morton Fraser
Aug 12 - 2016

BREXIT, Patents, Trade marks and Data Protection: FAQ for Businesses

Author: Dr Julie Nixon

With Brexit foremost in the minds of many organisations at present, here we give a short summary on the current situation with regard to European patents and European Union trade marks, and what measures to take regarding data protection compliance.

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Morton Fraser
Aug 1 - 2016

Niche no longer for constitutional lawyers as changes continue

Author: Lynda Towers

The constitutional lawyer was a niche breed 20 years ago. We in the know knew who they were. They might usually be found working for Government, north and south of the border or in academia. They wrote the odd article or book. Their work was referred to in university law faculty lectures but otherwise they did not impinge much on the consciousness of the man on the "Clapham Omnibus", and it was definitely a man in those days.

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Morton Fraser
Jul 21 - 2016

Brexit update: One month on

Author: Lynda Towers

We are almost one month on from the EU vote, and what a roller coaster of a month it has been. After the initial shock of the implications of the vote, certainly in Scotland, are we any clearer on the legal questions?

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Morton Fraser
Jul 14 - 2016

Brexit and Employee Relocation

Author: Gordon Kerr

Gordon Kerr of our Employee Mobility Unit discusses with colleagues in our immigration team what Brexit means for multi-national employers and their international workforces.

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Morton Fraser
Jul 8 - 2016

Putting Some of the Hysteria into Perspective

Author: Jonathan Seddon

In the commercial property sector, share prices in some of the big housebuilders have fallen, and more recently Aviva, M&G, Standard Life Investments and other funds have suspended trading in their big property funds.

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Morton Fraser
Jul 8 - 2016

Brexit and Article 50 TEU

Author: Lynda Towers

After the EU referendum decision commentators are telling us that we are living in legally, politically and financially turbulent times. It is likely that events will now move more slowly as decisions are made to resolve outstanding questions. It is also important to remember that much of what will be happening in the legal and business world will not change. The challenge will be recognising which changes in circumstances will be important for us in the months and years ahead.

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Morton Fraser
Jul 1 - 2016

What are the employment law implications of the UK leaving the EU?

Author: Kate McGarrity

Honouring their manifesto commitment, the Conservative government called an "in-out" EU Referendum on Thursday 23 June 2016, and after more than 40 years the UK will no longer be part of the European Union. At the time of writing David Cameron has confirmed he will stand down as prime minister and Jeremy Corbyn is desperately trying to hang on to his leadership of the Labour party. But apart from political melt down, what does this mean for employment law in the UK?

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Scotland
Jun - 2016

Scottish Government First Minister Advisory Council set up

Morton Fraser
Jun 29 - 2016

Podcast: Brexit & Immigration

Author(s): Stuart McWilliams, David Hossack, Averil Trimble

Our immigration team discuss the Brexit vote and what the consequences might be for immigration law.

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Morton Fraser
Jun 24 - 2016

Immigration Implications for Employers and Individuals

Author: Stuart McWilliams

The UK has voted to leave the EU and this will have a significant impact for immigration, both for individuals and employers so - what happens next?

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Morton Fraser
Jun 24 - 2016

Wealth Management statement on Brexit

Author: Norman Dalgleish

Through today's referendum result the UK electorate have indicated their belief that any costs of leaving the EU are more than offset by the potential benefits of an independent life outside.

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UK
Jun 23 - 2016

Brexit Referendum Vote

Read the full result of the Brexit vote here

Read the full results