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European Commission publishes guidance on Brexit and UK food exports

6 February 2018

By Julia Fraser and Richard Welfare

On 1 February 2018, the European Commission issued a notice on the impact of Brexit for food products originating from the UK. The Commission confirmed that, in the absence of a transitional agreement, the UK will become a 'third country' from the date of its withdrawal from the EU.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom
Services: Food Law

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House of Lords Committee deems Government's Brexit Withdrawal Bill "constitutionally unacceptable"

30 January 2018

By Charles Brasted and Andrew Eaton

On the eve of the debate in the House of Lords on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (the Bill), the House of Lords Constitution Committee (the Committee) has published a report (the Report) describing the Bill as "constitutionally unacceptable", "conceptually flawed" and concluding that, in its current form, it "risks fundamentally undermining legal certainty".  The Report calls for a major re-write of the Bill, despite it having already been voted through the House of Commons earlier in January.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom

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MHRA confirms UK stance in Brexit update to pharma industry

18 January 2018

By Helen Kimberley and Julia Fraser

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published an update to pharmaceutical companies in the UK on the status of the Brexit negotiations and confirmed the UK's wish for there to be a transition period to allow for a smooth withdrawal. The update, published on 16 January 2018, also sets out the MHRA's expectations for continued involvement in EU affairs during the negotiation period, while the UK remains part of the EU, and clarifies the MHRA's intended approach should a transition or implementation period not be concluded with the EU by March 2019.

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Industries: Life Sciences and Healthcare
Jurisdictions: United Kingdom

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How will Brexit impact UK and EU influence over international economic regulation?

15 January 2018

By Rachel Brandenburger* and Andrew Eaton

With the EU and the UK having made "sufficient progress" on the terms of the UK's withdrawal from the EU during phase one of the Brexit negotiations, attention has shifted to the framework for the future relationship between the UK and the EU post-Brexit and the necessary transitional arrangements.  These issues will no doubt come to dominate discussions about Brexit in the coming months.  However, a wider and equally important consequence of Brexit also needs consideration: the effect of Brexit on the UK's and the EU's respective relationships with the rest of the world through the exercise of "soft power".

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom

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Brexit negotiations poised for intense start to 2018

21 December 2017

By Charles Brasted and Andrew Eaton

In what looks set to be the last major Brexit development of 2017, the European Commission yesterday published its recommended draft negotiating directives for the next phase of the Article 50 negotiations.  The Council will decide whether to adopt the directives in January 2018, which would formally allow the EU to begin negotiating the second phase of the talks.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom