Brexit Update: PM May Survives Confidence Vote
18th Jan 19
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Government has survived a vote of no-confidence in the House of Commons. The vote follows Prime Minister May’s failure to secure backing for her Brexit deal.
Key issues for the dental industry —
As previously advised by the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), Brexit offers no advantages for Australia’s dental industry. A hard Brexit will result in the jeopardisation of the Australian market’s access to the United Kingdom (UK) as Australia’s regulatory system is closely aligned with that of the European Union (EU).
This could result in potential differences between the medical device regulatory frameworks in Australia, the UK, and the EU and would require Australian manufacturers to meet UK regulatory requirements without gaining access to the EU.
Following the failure to secure backing in the House of Commons for the Brexit deal earlier in the week of 13 January 2019, Prime Minister May survived a vote of no-confidence tabled by the Labour Party. Prime Minister May managed to survive the vote by 325 votes to 306 with the support of her own MP’s as well as the support of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party.
Although joining together to reject the Brexit Deal, the UK Parliament remains deeply divided by those wanting a Hard Brexit, a softer Brexit, a General Election, a second referendum, and no Brexit at all.
Immediately after the vote, Prime Minister May pledged to meet with other party leaders and senior parliamentarians to seek a way forward. Following these talks, Prime Minister May is expected to return to the House of Commons on Monday, 21 January 2019 with a “Plan B”. Should there be some consensus be reached, Prime Minister May would then travel to Brussels for discussions and negotiations with EU counterparts. Should this be successful, Prime Minister May would return an amended deal to the House of Commons for a subsequent vote on a Withdrawal Agreement.
With under 70 days remaining until the UK id due to leave the EU on 29 March, commentators are now discussing the increasing likelihood of some form of an extension to the Brexit deadline. Commentators note the possibility of three-month “technical” extension to Article 50 – the EU’s secession clause. Any longer extension would encounter difficulty as the next European Parliament elections are due to take place in May and the UK would be expected to field parliamentary candidates in the midst of Brexit.
Member Engagement —
The ADIA Policy Team negotiating with the Australian Government on matters of international trade in dental products receives advice and guidance from members serving on the ADIA-TCPC Trade & Commercial Policy Committee.
Further information —
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Currency & Disclaimer —
This update was issued on 18 January 2019 and please note that changes in circumstances after the publication of material or information may impact upon its accuracy and also change regulatory compliance obligations. The statements, regulatory and technical information contained herein are believed to be accurate and are provided for information purposes only. Readers are responsible for assessing its relevance and verifying the accuracy of the content. To the fullest extent permitted by law, ADIA will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred in relation to or arising as a result of relying on the information presented here.
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