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Is your business prepared for the 'storm' of secondary legislation needed to get UK law ready for Brexit?

28 March 2018

By Charles Brasted and Andrew Eaton

With around 19,000 pieces of EU legislation currently in force in the UK, EU law touches all aspects of life, from health and safety to harbours and highways; from employment rights to exotic diseases.  If nothing is done between now and 29 March 2019, when the UK leaves the EU, thousands of EU rules will simply stop applying in the UK overnight, causing significant uncertainty as to how the remainder of UK law should function without them.

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The terms of an orderly Brexit transition are now known but remain uncertain

23 March 2018

By Charles Brasted and Andrew Eaton

The EU27 have agreed the terms of the UK's transitional period with the EU following its exit on 29 March 2019 and adopted guidelines setting out the EU's negotiating position on the future relationship.

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Theresa May issues invitation to Brexit economic pragmatism

2 March 2018

By Charles Brasted and Andrew Eaton

On 2 March 2018, Theresa May made her third major speech on Brexit in which she set out in more detail than ever before the ambitious future relationship that the UK Government is seeking to negotiate with the EU. 

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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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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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