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The View From Brussels – September 2018: the relevance of WTO arguments in the negotiations on the future relationship

This issue of ‘The View from Brussels’ focuses on the relevance of WTO arguments in the negotiations. The UK has so far not deployed any serious arguments based on the obligations and constraints faced by the EU as a member … Continue reading

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SUPREME COURT HEARS CHALLENGE TO LEGALITY OF SCOTTISH BREXIT CONTINUITY LEGISLATION

Following a two-day hearing last week, a seven-judge panel of the Supreme Court is considering whether the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill (“the Scottish Bill”) is within the scope of the Scottish Parliament’s legislative competence. … Continue reading

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Delivering Brexit: Putting plans into practice

The news regarding the conditional agreement between the EU and UK on the terms of a 21 month transition period is welcome. However, as both sides have made clear: nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. We will only know … Continue reading

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The House of Commons Committee on Exiting the European Union publishes the analysis of the impact of three Brexit scenarios on the British economy

The House of Commons Committee on Exiting the European Union publishes the analysis of the Department for Exiting the EU on the impact of an EEA-type, FTA-type, and WTO Brexit scenarios on UK’s industries with a short sector narrative of … Continue reading

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What Should GCs Be Doing To Prepare Their Businesses For Brexit?

Here is a recent report aimed at general counsel and published by Legal Business which Herbert Smith Freehills contributed to.  

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Crunch time on Brexit and climate policy

Note: This article first appeared in Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit on 3 January 2018 and we have permission to republish it. The UK and the EU27 have said they want a close partnership post-Brexit but this year could test … Continue reading

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Brexit and Africa

As the UK calls time on its 44 year membership of the EU, repercussions are felt further afield. African countries which currently access the EU via the UK, such as Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, or have the UK … Continue reading

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Implications for South African businesses: Brexit and the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Southern African Development Community EPA States

Just over a year ago, the European Union (“EU”) signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (“EU-SADC EPA”) with the Southern African Development Community EPA States: Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland (“SADC EPA States”). Pending ratification by all twenty … Continue reading

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What future for public procurement regulation in the UK post-Brexit?

The extent to which the UK Government will eventually be free to modify or even repeal the regulations on public procurement, post-Brexit, will depend largely on the outcome of the ongoing negotiations between the EU and the UK Government, as … Continue reading

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UK Government’s Future Partnership Paper on Foreign policy, defence and development: including proposals for co-operation on sanctions, cyber security, and the defence and security industries

The UK Government has released a Paper outlining the UK’s proposals for a future partnership with the EU regarding foreign policy, defence and development. The Paper highlights the UK’s shared interests and values with the EU regarding foreign policy and … Continue reading

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