Brexit

This blog will examine issues relating to Brexit, with a view to providing straightforward, accessible and intelligent analysis. Our intended focus will be on the regulatory impact of Brexit, in particular on UK regulatory developments, market access and the legal landscape.

The content of these updates is not intended to be legal advice, but a general guide to important issues thrown up by the Brexit process. Members are very happy to give advice on specific cases, if instructed to do so.

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Posted on: 24 July 2017

The “Great Repeal Bill” and environmental law

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 13 July. Its substantive provisions occupy 13 pages, with a further 47 pages of schedules (much of the latter being devoted to devolution issues).

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Posted on: 5 April 2017

What will be the impact of ‘No Deal’?

The Government has said that it would rather accept no deal than a bad deal for the UK, yet it accepts that no economic assessment has been performed that might evaluate the cost to the UK economy if no deal is reached with the EU by the end of the Article 50 process. We consider a few of the potential effects of failing to reach any form of agreement.

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Posted on: 22 March 2017

Article 50 will now be triggered: what happens next?

Theresa May has indicated that she intends to trigger Article 50 on 29 March. This will be the start of the two-year timeline set out in Article 50, in the eyes of many people a ridiculously short period of time within which to negotiate, finalise and ratify a deal with the EU before the relevant treaties cease to apply to the UK.

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Posted on: 13 March 2017

Can notification under Article 50 be conditional on a “good deal”?

As identified in the last blog, it is potentially harmful to the EU if a Member State were able to trigger Article 50 and then change its mind again and again until the negotiations result in a “good deal”. Adopting this as a starting point strongly suggests that notification under Article 50 cannot be made in such conditional terms.

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Posted on: 7 March 2017

When Article 50 is triggered, can the UK change its mind?

Article 50 reads – Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.

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Posted on: 22 February 2017

What would be the legal framework for the regulation of UK trade if we left the EU without concluding a trade agreement?

In this latest Brexit Law Update, Stephen Hockman QC, Christopher Badger and Stuart Jessop comment on the likely legal framework for the regulation of UK trade if the UK left the EU without a trade agreement.

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