As a result of Parliament not supporting the Conservative Withdrawal Bill, at the third time of attempting on 29th October 2019 a General Election was called. The General Election is set for 12th December 2019. As per the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, Parliament was dissolved on 6 November 2019, 25 days prior to the general election. Normal business has therefore ceased while MPs are re-elected.
However, as it stands the UK is still set to leave the EU on 31st January 2020. This is however dependant on which party leader will be in office after the upcoming General Election, their Brexit pledge, and also whether or not they have a majority. The Brexit conversation is likely to carry on far into 2020.
Brexit – Withdrawal Agreement Bill
The day before Parliament was dissolved, the Constitution Committee published an interim report on the constitutional issues in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill. The report looked at several aspects of the Bill including:
- The Withdrawal Agreement’s implementation period;
- Citizens’ and workers’ rights;
- The Ireland/Northern Ireland protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement;
- Several broad secondary law-making powers;
- The complex ongoing relationship to EU law both during the implementation period to 31 December 2020 and for the life of the Withdrawal Agreement; and
- Parliamentary sovereignty.
Read the full report: ‘Select Committee on the Constitution European Union (Withdrawal Agreement)Bill: interim report’.
Brexit and HR Guidance
Click on the following links for further information and related news:
- Brexit HR Risk Audit – this free audit will help you understand the risks associated to your business from a people point of view
- Brexit Preparation – free resources, webinar recordings and articles
- Who should I vote for?
- Must win marginals 2019
- UK election polls tracker 2019.
For HR advice and support call HR Solutions on 0844 324 5840 or contact us online to find out how we can help.