The View from Brussels: The European Commission’s new readiness notices

During the negotiations for the Withdrawal Agreement, much attention was paid to the need to prepare for a no-deal Brexit – where trade with the EU would no longer benefit from all the facilitations made possible by the Single Market, but would be governed by WTO rules only. Both the European Commission and the UK … Read more

EU Commission releases post-transition readiness notices

During the negotiations for the Withdrawal Agreement, much attention was paid to no-deal Brexit preparations. Both the European Commission and the UK Government issued large numbers of sectoral “preparedness notices” warning participants of the consequences of no deal and insisting that all operators need to prepare. Read more

New Brexit Legal Guide section available: Trade – The new relationships

The updated Trade: The new relationships section of our Brexit Legal Guide is now available. This provides a useful overview, amongst other things, as to whether: during the transition period, the UK remains in the Single Market and the Customs Union, and there continues to be free movement of goods, persons, services and capital between the UK and … Read more

House of Lords European Union Committee scrutinises EU mandate

Today, the House of Lords European Union Committee published a report setting out their analysis of the EU’s negotiating mandate on the future EU-UK relationship. Under the terms of section 29 of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020, scrutiny committees from either UK Houses of Parliament are empowered to “report on legislation that they … Read more

Timetable for EU-UK future relationship negotiations published

The UK Government has published the terms of reference for the future UK-EU relationship negotiations, which includes the negotiating timetable. At present, the negotiations are split into five rounds and are to take place in both Brussels and London over the next 3 months. The agenda for each round will be published in advance: the … Read more

UK sets out mandate for trade negotiations with USA

Today, the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) published its proposed approach to the future relationship negotiations with the USA. It is anticipated that the negotiations between the two countries will begin this month. The talks will be led from the UK side by Crawford Falconer, the DIT’s Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser. The UK has … Read more

UK Government sets out mandate for future EU-UK relationship

Today, the UK Government presented to Parliament its mandate for the negotiations on the future relationship with the EU. The mandate states that the parameters for the future relationship are set out in the UK/EU Political Declaration agreed in October 2019 and that a Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (“CFTA”) should be at its core. Read more

European Council approves mandate for future EU-UK relationship

Today, the European Council authorised the opening of the negotiations and negotiating directives on the future relationship with the UK. The latter sets out the mandate for the future negotiations for the European Commission in its role as Union negotiator and covers all areas to be covered in the negotiations (including, amongst other things: trade … Read more