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Brexit countdown

Brexit countdown

Our countdown illustrates the key dates and milestones on the road to Brexit. We will share regular updates regarding the progress of the Brexit negotiations as they unfold.

Timeline

2019

 

January 2019

  • 15th: Vote in UK Parliament on the Withdrawal Agreement (Government defeated)
  • 21st: UK Parliament session
  • Further negotiations with the EU
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February 2019

  • 11th – 14th: European Parliament (EP) plenary
  • 13th: UK Prime Minister to update UK Parliament on progress
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March 2019

  • 11th – 14th: EP plenary
  • 12th: Parliament rejects Withdrawal Agreement
  • 29th: The original day the UK was due to leave the EU; Parliament rejects Withdrawal Agreement; EU agrees to delay Brexit until 22nd May if Withdrawal Agreement approved in a new vote
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April 2019

  • 10th: EU summit
  • 11th: UK and EU agree a further delay to Brexit until 31st October (though the UK could leave the EU earlier if the/a Withdrawal Agreement is ratified by UK Parliament)
  • 23rd: Deadline for UK political parties to apply for running in the EU elections of 23rd May 2019
 

May 2019

  • 23rd: EU elections, in which the UK will take part unless the/a Withdrawal Agreement is passed before that date
 

June 2019

  • 1st: If the UK does not take part in the EU elections on 23rd May, it will leave the EU on 1st June with or without a deal
  • 2nd: New EU Parliament sworn in
  • 20th – 21st: EU summit
 

October 2019

  • 17th – 18th: EU summit
  • 31st: UK leaves the EU if it has not already done so

2020

 
   
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2018

The Road to Brexit

Updated: 6 December 2018 - As the Withdrawal Agreement is pending in Parliament, the effects of Brexit remain unclear.

Click here to read "The Road to Brexit: explaining the process towards a deal/no deal"

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The Role of the English Courts Post Brexit: Emerging Challengers?

29 October 2018 - Brexit, and the potential impact it may have on the relationship between the UK and EU Member State court systems, has been a catalyst for the emergence of new English law and language international commercial courts and tribunals in EU jurisdictions. Will these pose a threat to London?

Click here to read "The Role of the English Courts Post Brexit: Emerging Challengers?"

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Brexit - Trade in goods under the draft Withdrawal Agreement endorsed on 25 November 2018 by the UK and the EU

28 November 2018 - On 25 November 2018, the EU27 and the UK during a special meeting of the European Council endorsed the draft Withdrawal Agreement as well as a political declaration on the future bilateral relationship, marking an important milestone in the Brexit negotiations. This alert focuses on the effects the draft Withdrawal Agreement (if agreed as such) would have on trade in goods between the UK and the EU27 and between the UK and third countries. At this stage, it is uncertain whether or not the Withdrawal Agreement will take effect on 30 March 2019 as envisaged, as it still has to be approved by both the UK and EU parliaments.

Click here to read "Brexit - Trade in goods under the draft Withdrawal Agreement endorsed on 25 November 2018 by the UK and the EU"

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Brexit Countdown – Trade in Goods and Services

3 December 2018 - UK Prime Minister May and the political leaders of the EU-27 have endorsed the draft Withdrawal Agreement that is intended to end the UK's membership of the EU on 29 March 2019. They have also indicated their support for the Political Declaration on the framework for the future relationship between the UK and the EU-27, including on trade, that will apply after the end of a transition period, at the latest by December 2022.

Click here to read "Brexit Countdown – Trade in Goods and Services"

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2019

Should the Government lose the 'meaningful vote' – what next?

9 January 2019 - The EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 requires Parliament to pass a motion approving the withdrawal agreement and the framework for the future relationship between the UK and the EU. This so-called 'meaningful vote' was due to take place on 11 December 2018 but was called off by the Prime Minister the day before, in the face of likely defeat. It has now been confirmed that the vote will proceed on 15 January 2019 (with press reports suggesting that the Government will provide further reassurances on the controversial Irish backstop). But what happens if MPs fail to vote for the deal next week? We look at some of the options.

Click here to read "Should the Government lose the 'meaningful vote' – what next?"

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Technology Newsflash: "No deal" Brexit Plan of Action

14 January 2019 - As the approach of Brexit draws inexorably closer, the continued lack of certainty around what any Brexit withdrawal deal will look like, or indeed whether a deal will be agreed at all, is causing increasing concern among the business community. For the technology sector, and those working on technology-enabled projects, that concern is particularly strong. It spans from issues such as access to high calibre employees, to the impact of Brexit on the complex web of supply chains and existing and future contracts covering the EU and UK, and loss of access to the Digital Single Market.

Click here to read "'No deal' Brexit Plan of Action"

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Trading activities between UK and German broker-dealers post Brexit – The German regulatory perspective

29 January 2019 - Set forth below is the joint view of the undersigned law firms on the German regulatory position for UK broker-dealers who continue to deal in financial instruments with broker-dealer counterparties based in Germany following a hard Brexit (i.e. no transition period, no equivalence decision for UK investment firms pursuant to Article 47 of Regulation (EU) No 600/2014 (MiFIR)). In this paper, references to German broker-dealers mean any bank or broker-dealer (including German branches of foreign firms) based in and operating from Germany and undertaking the regulated investment ser-vice or activity of dealing on own account (Eigenhandel and Eigengeschäft). References to UK bro-ker-dealers similarly mean any bank or broker-dealer (including UK branches of non-UK firms) based in and operating from the UK and undertaking the regulated investment service or activity of dealing on own account with a German broker-dealer.

Click here to read "Trading activities between UK and German broker-dealers post Brexit – The German regulatory perspective"

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Italy Readies Measures for a No-Deal Brexit

30 January 2019 - On January 24, 2019 the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance ("MEF") published a press release announcing that the Italian government has readied a set of measures necessary to ensure full continuity for financial markets should the United Kingdom leave the European Union without a deal.

Click here to read "Italy Readies Measures for a No-Deal Brexit"

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No Deal: Data Protection Compliance After Brexit

30 January 2019 - On 29 March 2019, the UK will formally leave the EU unless an extension, or a negotiated solution, is agreed between the UK and the European Commission. There is currently no agreement regarding the UK's status from a data protection perspective and crucially, no agreement concerning transfers of personal data from the EU to the UK. In the absence of an agreement on these issues, or in the event of a "no deal" Brexit, the UK will be considered a "third country". This will create additional compliance challenges for organisations.

Click here to read "No Deal: Data Protection Compliance After Brexit"

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Brexit preparedness for financial services: the German response

7 February 2019 - The House of Commons recently rejected the Withdrawal Agreement. While the UK Parliament is still debating how to leave the EU, a hard Brexit remains an option. To prepare for this possibility, the UK, EU Commission and EU27 have taken measures to minimize disruption in various areas. The need for regulatory changes depends on whether the UK will leave with or without a deal. In the event of a no deal, the German Government recently proposed a Draft German Brexit Act which aims to uphold certain aspects of the current passporting regime for UK financial service providers post 29 March 2019.

Click here to read "Brexit preparedness for financial services: the German response"

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Frustrated by Brexit? Too high a hurdle to overcome for the EMA

28 February 2019 - One of the multitude of uncertainties currently facing commercial parties potentially affected by Brexit is the effect on their existing commercial contracts, specifically whether the new circumstances of Brexit provide a "get out" from their bargain. Some welcome clarity has now been provided by the English High Court's recent judgment in Canary Wharf (BP4) T1 Limited and others v European Medicines Agency1, although how that decision will be applied in future cases remains to be seen.

Click here to read "Frustrated by Brexit? Too high a hurdle to overcome for the EMA"

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Hard or Soft Brexit – does it matter for the origin of goods?

28 Mar 2019 - The United Kingdom (UK) leaving the European Union (EU) will inevitably result in difficulties for businesses using UK content in their products for export under EU Free Trade Agreements, or for UK businesses using EU content under future UK FTAs.

Click here to read "Hard or Soft Brexit – does it matter for the origin of goods?"

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