Last week, the UK’s Parliament was dissolved: triggering the official countdown to the 12 December 2019 General Election. The outcome of this General Election may be a defining moment in the UK’s Brexit process.

Our updated Withdrawal Agreement Q&A and Leaving the EU – The process and preparations sections of our Brexit Legal Guide, amongst other things, provide an overview of:

  • the key difference between Theresa May’s original Brexit deal (including both the binding terms relating to the exit and the non-binding political declaration on the future relationship) and the revised Brexit deal negotiated by Boris Johnson. The changes relate principally to the Revised Protocol on Northern Ireland, and reflect the new Prime Minister’s desire for a Canada-style free trade agreement, rather than one based, in effect, on remaining in the customs union and single market for goods; and
  • the positions of the key UK political parties towards Brexit and how they intend to approach the Brexit process should they win the General Election.

If you would like to discuss specific arrangements for support on planning ahead for Brexit, or on any other questions or challenges you have, please do contact your regular Herbert Smith Freehills contacts, or any of our experts listed here.