March 2017

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.

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.


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.


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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