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Prepare to Have Your Say on the UK’s Future Immigration System

The government has said it will publish an immigration white paper in the coming weeks. This should provide details of the specific immigration policies that it intends to introduce. We are hoping that businesses will be given a formal opportunity to comment on these policies and raise concerns. Given that the proposals are likely to … Continue Reading

Seoul Trader

Faisal Islam, Political Editor at Sky News, today reported that the Trade Secretary Liam Fox is visiting Korea, a key trade partner of the UK. I noticed that Islam tweeted what has long been suspected regarding the possible rollover of the EU-Korea FTA, namely that “the EU has not and will not write key letter … Continue Reading

No Deal Brexit – VAT

Click here to read Jeremy Cape and Dickie Chan’s discussion on the proposed VAT rules that will apply if the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 without a deal on trade or other laws and regulations.… Continue Reading

Preparing for the Withdrawal of the UK from the EU

On 19 July 2018 the EU Commission published a paper on “Preparing for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU on 30 March 2019”. The paper deals both with a “Deal Scenario” where the EU27 and the UK enter into a binding Withdrawal Agreement prior to 29 March 2019 and also with a “No … Continue Reading

Never a dull moment in Brexitlandia…

On Friday, the British Cabinet met in Chequers, the Prime Minister’s country retreat, to agree among itself, a position to propose to the EU27 on its intended future relationship with the EU after Brexit. A mere two years after the referendum. Key points involved agreeing to maintain a “common rulebook” for all goods and agricultural … Continue Reading

Brexit Transition Period Insight

Please see below our latest insight into the legal position of the proposed Brexit transition period. Firstly we have examined the legality of the transition period; if the transition period applies in the domestic jurisdictions of the other 27 Member States; taken a closer look at identifying any gaps in EU law during the transition … Continue Reading

How difficult will it be to hire EU workers after the Brexit transition period?

This week we’ve partnered with EEF on a new report ‘Navigating Brexit: the Migration Minefield’. The report highlights the need for clarity, simplicity and urgency in the Government’s messaging to stem the flow of EU citizens from the UK, taking their much needed skills with them.  A copy of the full report can be accessed … Continue Reading

VAT to the Future

Some surprises have been unearthed in a report from Parliament’s European Scrutiny Committee on the future of VAT in the UK after Brexit. Published in accountingweb.co.uk this week, Jeremy Cape examines the report and demystifies what it means. The European Scrutiny Committee, chaired by long-time eurosceptic Sir William Cash, published its report on VAT: EU … Continue Reading

Navigating the Road Ahead: Cost of Sourcing Retail Products

The UK’s retail sector is one amongst many that will be significantly affected by the country’s withdrawal from the EU following a transition period.  Yesterday we are launched the first edition of the Quarterly UK Retail Brexit Trade Review. The Review contains economic, policy and legal analysis on the impact of changed trading terms and … Continue Reading

Yet Another Busy Week in the Brave New World of Brexit

On 28 February the EU27 produced a draft Withdrawal Agreement about which many have already written. Notably the UK had not previously produced its own draft (lawyers generally like to produce first drafts of documents as it gives control of the negotiation to them). To those of us unfortunate enough to live and breathe Brexit on … Continue Reading

Europe Express about terms of Transition

“The representatives of the EU27 Member States yesterday adopted the negotiating directives for the transition period after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. They do not contain any surprises but are in line with the constitutional framework within which the Commission and the Council are acting. The EU27 have formally proposed that there will be … Continue Reading

CE Marking Post Brexit

The European Commission has published an important notice warning of the consequences that Brexit will have in the field of industrial products, which are subject to CE Marking requirements when placed on the European Union (EU) market. For those products, the European Commission confirmed that to demonstrate compliance with CE Marking requirements for products placed … Continue Reading

UK Supreme Court Judgment Shows Relationship Between National Courts and the European Court of Justice

The UK Supreme Court has today delivered its judgment in the long-running Littlewoods VAT case. The facts are seemingly straightforward and achingly dull. Between 1973 and 2004, Littlewoods overpaid VAT to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in respect of commissions paid to its agents who distributed mail-order catalogues (common in the pre-online age).… Continue Reading

EU Withdrawal, the missing Bill

When Parliament returned from the conference recess, many observers assumed MPs would get down to the business of amending (and passing) the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.  It had passed second reading on 11 September, and will now need to be considered by a committee of the whole House.  This means all MPs will be able … Continue Reading

The Prime Minister’s message to EU citizens in the UK – where are we now?

Theresa May has today sent an email to EU citizens with the intention of demonstrating that their rights are her ‘first priority’. It doesn’t tell us much more than we knew from the Brexit negotiations at the end of September. Since the referendum, the UK Government has issued various assurances about EU citizens’ future in the … Continue Reading

The Future for VAT: Customs Bill White Paper

On 9 October 2017, the UK Government published its White Paper on the Customs Bill, setting out the government’s approach to legislating for the future customs, VAT and excise regimes post-Brexit. This blog looks at the VAT position. The paper seems to suggest that the government is now accepting that import VAT will be payable … Continue Reading
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