Anglaw – New Hope following Johnson’s Victory

Anglaw, founded in 1975, is a UK-based legal firm that specialises in EU law and relations between the UK and the rest of the EU.  Over the years they have been central to the legal interpretation of EU law for British businesses as the EU has evolved from the Common Market which the UK originally joined.   A major challenge was the adoption of the Maastricht Treaty and later discussion on the now rejected Lisbon Treaty, but that was nothing compared to the chaos that Brexit has brought about.

The referendum suggested a mandate, but because the vote was so close, often quoted as 52/48 it was hotly disputed, especially by those who wished to remain.  There were calls for a second referendum and during campaigning for the 2019 general election, with the exception of the Conservatives most other significant parties included either a direct leave or a second referendum option for Brexit.  The result was a Conservative landslide that they had not seen since the days of Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.  There were a number of factors that led to Boris Johnson’s victory, but what was clear was that there now was a clear mandate to leave.

Since the Brexit referendum of 2016 Anglaw’s offices have been inundated with queries concerning a number of factors.  The most notable cases feature the legal status of both UK citizens who reside within the EU and the status of EU citizens who live and work in the UK.  Of a lesser degree they have received enquires concerning trade and the possibility of the introduction of tariffs on imports/exports.

Anglaw have struggled to address these issues for a major part of their clients mainly because of the lack of clarity coming from the UK government.  There has been the initial hostility of the EU personified in Jean-Claude Juncker’s attitude who claimed from the outset that the divorce wouldn’t be amicable.  Negotiations were difficult from the beginning and a real solution proved to be elusive.    Theresa May the incumbent Prime Minister did her best, but could not get it passed in Parliament so the spectre of no deal emerged and eventually she resigned in utter frustration.

Theresa May was followed by Boris Johnson who again without a clear mandate played a game of brinksmanship simply by threatening no deal unless Britain gets the deal it wants.  He crossed certain legal boundaries and has been blocked by Parliamentary process, but despite this he remains the man in the hot seat and not only that but with a Parliament that is more malleable than the one he inherited from Theresa May.

From Anglaw’s point of view at least now the end is in sight.  Whatever the political divide and public opinion, Boris Johnson has the mandate to deliver Brexit and this will mean clarity for their clients and even if they don’t like the outcome at least Brexit will be set in concrete and the paralysis that has gripped Britain since 2016 will finally come to an end.

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1. Who are Anglaw?  When were they established and what do they do?

2. What challenges have Anglaw faced in their history and what is their biggest challenge to date?

3. Why did the original referendum only suggest a mandate and why did the mandate become clearer after the December 2019 election?

4. What are the main questions being asked by clients of Anglaw?

5. Why have Anglaw found it difficult to answer these questions?

6. What does inundated mean?

7. The divorce ‘will not be amicable’.  What does this mean?

8. What is meant by ‘a game of brinksmanship?’

9. What does malleable mean and how will this benefit Boris Johnson?

10. Why do Anglaw feel positive about the outcome of the 2019 election?

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