The implications of the June 2016 referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union have created an unprecedented demand amongst our clients for clarity at a time of contrasting messages from the media.

In our Brexit Hub we set out commentary about legal implications of Brexit.

March 30, 2019

On 29 March 2019, the House of Commons voted against a government motion for the approval of the withdrawal agreement (but not the political declaration).

This means that the UK is now due to leave the EU on 12 April 2019 without a deal, under the European Council's terms for extending the Article 50 period, unless a further extension is agreed or the Article 50 notice is revoked.

However, the result of the vote gives fresh im...

March 27, 2019

It is not yet certain what rules on immigration and free movement of people will be in place following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Negotiations between the UK and the EU

The rights of EU nationals working in the UK has been a key element of the negotiations between the UK and the EU. On 8 December 2017, the UK Government announced that it had reached an agreement with the EU on citizens’ rights. Further agreement on the te...

March 25, 2019

Please see below the link of the guidance published by Companies House with steps that companies need to take in the scenario that the UK leaves the EU without a deal:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/changing-your-company-registration-if-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-without-a-deal

The UK Government has also published a guidance for businesses to prepare to leave the EU depending on their industry as follows: 

https://www.gov.uk/business-uk-l...

December 11, 2018

Following a vote by the House of Commons in favour of a motion finding ministers in contempt for their failure to publish the full legal advice on the withdrawal agreement, the Attorney General made available to Parliament on 5 December 2018 the legal advice provided to the Cabinet on 14 November 2018 on the legal effect of the withdrawal agreement.The government has also published the legal advice.

One of the issues that the...

January 30, 2018

The European Commission has published a notice setting out the consequences of Brexit for  UK "economic operators" (manufacturers, importers, distributors and authorised representatives) who place non-food and non-agricultural products on the EU market. Subject to any transitional arrangements, the UK will become a "third country" upon Brexit and will no longer be subject to EU rules. The notice highlights the following conseq...

January 16, 2018

The Trade Bill 2017-2019, one of the measures intended to enable the government to make various trade arrangements post-Brexit, received its second reading in the House of Commons on 9 January 2018.

One of the main provisions of the Trade Bill is the power for the government to make changes to domestic legislation required for the UK to implement "transitioned" international trade agreements that correspond to the EU's pre-Brex...

November 21, 2017

The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, has announced that a Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill will implement into UK law the major policies in any withdrawal agreement agreed between the UK and the EU.

The government will bring forward this new Bill once the UK has reached an agreement with the EU.

The government expects the Bill to cover the contents of the withdrawal agreement, which wil...

October 14, 2017

The European Parliament has adopted a non-legislative Resolution on the state of play of the Brexit negotiations with the UK. The Resolution notes that the European Parliament believes that sufficient progress has not yet been made on the three key issues of citizens' rights, the UK's financial settlement, and the Republic of Ireland/Northern Ireland border.

An EU-27 European Council summit on 19 and 20 October is scheduled to...

August 25, 2017

The UK government has published a position paper setting out its preferences for the UK's future customs arrangements in relation to trade with the EU. The UK government has proposed two alternative options, both of which take the UK outside the EU customs union and, therefore, allow the UK to develop its own trade policy and enter into preferential trade agreements with other countries.

The first option is based on the UK and...

July 14, 2017

The day after triggering Brexit, the government published details of its "Great Repeal Bill". Described by Theresa May as an "essential step" on the way to leaving the EU, it aims to ensure European law will no longer apply in the UK.

Yesterday it was being introduced to Parliament, with the formal title of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

As its informal name suggests, the repeal bill will repeal the 1972 European Communit...

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