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Why the Repeal Bill is central to making Brexit a success

11 July 2017

By Peter Watts and Andrew Eaton

The Government's highly anticipated, formerly 'Great', Repeal Bill – to be published this Thursday,13 July 2017 – is likely to be the most constitutionally significant legislation enacted by the UK Parliament since the European Communities Act 1972, which took the UK into the European Economic Community and which the Repeal Bill is set to repeal and replace.

In this blog, we look ahead to what the Bill is expected to do, what happens next and the consequences of Parliament failing to pass the Repeal Bill into legislation before the UK leaves the EU.

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New UK Brexit Health Alliance Formed

6 July 2017

By Jane SummerfieldHelen Kimberley and Julia Fraser

A "Brexit Health Alliance" (BHA) has been formed to bring together a diverse range of UK stakeholders in the healthcare industry and provide a single voice for the sector on Brexit-related issues. 

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Industries: Life Sciences and Healthcare

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Ministers provide insight on the UK's position on the regulation of medicines post-Brexit

6 July 2017

By Jane Summerfield, Helen Kimberley and Julia Fraser

With the negotiations for the UK's withdrawal from the EU formally under way, the UK healthcare sector is calling on the UK Government to make patient safety and access to medicines a priority in negotiations - and it appears from a recent letter to the Financial Times (FT) that Government ministers are listening.

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Industries: Life Sciences and Healthcare

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Relocation of the European Medicines Agency – France shows EMA its smooth moves

29 June 2017

The bids to host the EMA are in. You can find the bid documents and videos here. In case you missed it, you can read our own pitches written by our colleagues across Europe here.

By Cécile Derycke and Charles-Henri Caron

With Brexit under way, the European Medicines Agency is looking for a new home. France revealed itself as a serious contender when it considered offering not just one hosting place for the Agency, but five! Up until recently, the cities of Strasbourg (in the east), Lille (in the north), Lyon (in central France), Montpellier (in the south) and the Ile-de-France region (suburban Paris) had expressed their willingness to welcome the EMA. The EMA would have had a tough time choosing between such beautiful and different regions. Not to worry! The French government has taken the matter into its own hands and it is Lille that officially represents France and offers EMA a smooth move. Close to London, the same type of weather (i.e. easy adjustment) and warm people to welcome the EMA staff - what could be better? But obviously, this is not France's only argument; it still has several more up its sleeve. 

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Industries: Life Sciences and Healthcare
Jurisdictions: France

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Queen's speech paves the way for Brexit

21 June 2017

By Charles Brasted and Peter Watts

The Queen's Speech has set out the UK Government's intended legislative programme for the next two years – and its focus is Brexit. 

While there is little to no new detail, there are some further hints of how the Government intends to approach the task of implementing Brexit in the UK while negotiations with the EU continue.  

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom