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Brexit: the UK SPC Manufacturing Waiver after 1 January 2021

This article summarizes the legislative context around, and the proposals put forward by, the Government's response.

Brexit: what is the UK's negotiating position on copyright?

In this article we cover several areas within the UK's draft copyright provisions which give an indication as to the areas where the UK might diverge from the EU.

UK government publishes new draft Brexit Intellectual Property SI

In this article we focus on the key changes the SI, if approved, will make to the effect of EU cancellation proceedings on UK comparable rights. We will be tracking the SI closely and will report on any changes made as part of the approval process.

Should the UK real estate sector still worry about a no-deal Brexit?

The impact of COVID-19 on the real estate sector has been immediate, vast and deep, so Brexit has not been at the forefront for many real estate investors, landlords and tenants in the past few months.  Find out more about the issues.

Will new UK emissions targets change the car you drive post Brexit?

New mandatory UK CO2 emissions targets are set to come into effect from 1 January 2021. Whilst these rules replicate the previous EU emissions targets and penalties, their effect when assessed on a UK only basis may result in radical shifts in the types of vehicles being offered for sale in the UK.

State aid, Brexit and COVID-19

Not yet out with the old or in with the new

State aid requirements have played a significant part in the economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic across Europe and their place in UK-EU trade negotiations keeps them front of mind in the aftermath.

Brexit and the transition period – implications for the EUMR's one-stop-shop

The UK's departure from the EU on 31 January has initiated an 11 month transition period, during which the application of EU competition law in the UK will remain largely unchanged.  Thus the EU rules governing mergers will continue to apply during this transition period.

Brexit and Data Protection: Boom for data centre operators in Continental Europe?

Data centre operators in Europe could benefit from Brexit and have already been preparing for years for precisely this scenario, including by expanding such data centre capacities in Continental Europe.

The future of UK data protection

As with anything Brexit-related, the UK government is facing a dilemma in relation to data protection law. Shall we follow the direction of travel of the past 25 years and opt for the continuity and certainty provided by the GDPR or shall we use the departure from the EU to make radical changes to the regulation of data uses and privacy?

Beyond Brexit: Regulatory equivalence in financial services

Irrespective of whether the UK leaves the EU with a withdrawal agreement, interest grows in the future of regulatory policy, the inter-connectivity of international financial services, and how firms from other countries will be welcomed by the main international jurisdictions.

DHSC Update on Medicines and Medical Devices Contingency Planning

Following the recent agreement to delay Brexit until 31 January 2020, the UK Department of Health and Social Care ("DHSC") has written to suppliers of UK medicines and medical devices to confirm the continued contingency planning arrangements for a "no deal" Brexit.

EU/UK trade and customs relationship in the new N. Ireland protocol

Old wine in new barrels?

The EU-UK agreement reached on 17 October 2019 ("Agreement") revises the Irish backstop with a new protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland ("NI protocol").