Maggie Rae was preparing for a tour of Easter Island when she picked up a call from Spear’s, at a time when the UK was in Brexit deadlock. ‘I’m not coming back!,’ she jokes, before expressing worry over the future of the movement of children across Europe. ‘Will we manage to stay within the Brussels II regime?’ she asks.
A ‘grande dame of matrimonial law’, Rae describes a very complex case involving a 17-year-old under the care of the Irish authorities who failed to find her appropriate placement in Ireland. Rae helped her move to the UK to live with her mother, guided by Brussels II. ‘It safeguards the process – such movements are very infringing on the child’s rights,’ she says, ‘It’ll be a shame if we lose that as well.’