EU comments further on future EU-UK relationship

Today, the European Commission President (Ursula von der Leyen) and the EU’s chief Brexit Negotiator (Michel Barnier) addressed the European Parliament on the future of the EU’s relations with the UK. In her speech, Ms von der Leyen reiterated the EU’s ambitions for its anticipated free trade agreement with the UK, in particular: “a zero … Read more

New Brexit Legal Guide section available: The Withdrawal Agreement Q&A

The updated Withdrawal Agreement Q&A section of our Brexit Legal Guide is now available. This provides a useful overview of: what the Withdrawal Agreement is; the Irish Backstop; the main difference between the original and revised Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; the impact of current transition period; whether the UK became a third country on 31 … Read more

Brexit Day

Yesterday, the European Parliament ratified the Withdrawal Agreement which sets out the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU: this was the last remaining step to completing the Brexit process. The UK will now officially renounce its EU membership at 11pm GMT today, ending 47 years of integration with the EU. The UK will … Read more

UK Parliament Approves Withdrawal Agreement Bill

Both the House of Commons and House of Lords have now agreed on the text of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20 (“WAB”), the legislation required for the UK to implement into domestic law the Withdrawal Agreement. The House of Lords introduced five amendments to the WAB (which also included restrictions on: (a) the … Read more

UK and EU agree revised Brexit deal: What does it mean and what next?

At the EU Summit today, the UK Government and European Commission agreed a revised Brexit deal, reaching agreement on the key outstanding issue of the Irish backstop and revising the terms of the future relationship. The European Commission has asked the European Council to endorse the revised Withdrawal Agreement and revised Political Declaration on the … Read more

Implications of “No Deal” – an overview for business

While the risks of a no-deal Brexit on the 31 October 2019 have greatly diminished, a no-deal Brexit is still firmly on the table for that date or, perhaps more likely, a future date. Our updated Brexit Legal Guide addresses in detail the legal position if the UK leaves the EU with or without a … Read more