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This month we cover issues including, Brexit preparations for a no-deal exit, information law and new technologies, data protection, and financial services and banking employment issues.
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The Inner House of the Court of Session has ruled that the Prime Minister’s advice to HM the Queen, to prorogue Parliament for five weeks, was unlawful, as it was deemed to be motivated by stymying Parliament. The court made an order declaring that the advice to the Queen and subsequent prorogation was null and void, due to the unlawfulness of the advice. Graham Horn, associate at MacRoberts, says the decision comes with ‘potentially significant’ legal implications. See: LNB News 11/09/2019 74.
The European Commission has advised EU organisations—including The European Parliament, The European Council and The European Investment Bank—to make all necessary final preparations to their contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit. The Commission said the organisations ‘should not rely on the assumption that a third extension will be requested by the UK and that it will be agreed by the European Council (Article 50) ahead of 31 October 2019’. Experts from Leicester University and Bird & Bird comment on the EU’s steadfast objectives in the face of the UK’s varying position on Brexit. See: LNB News 06/09/2019 51.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published guidance to assist small and medium-sized businesses in their preparations for a no-deal Brexit scenario and emphasises that businesses must ‘prepare for all scenarios’. In the guidance, the ICO highlights previously published information on the maintenance of data flows that has been tailored to be more relevant and accessible to small and medium -sized businesses. See: LNB News 11/09/2019 55.
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