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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

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

Responding to the Migration Advisory Committee’s Call for Evidence – Let Us Help Your Business Have its Say on Post-Brexit Immigration Policy

The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to advise on: “the economic and social impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union and also on how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy”. In response, the MAC has published its Call for Evidence in … Continue Reading

A European Renaissance?

The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has delivered her highly anticipated speech in the historic Italian city of Florence. How far did it move things on? Truth be told, there was little new in there, and the decision to deliver the speech in Italy rather than London or Brussels remains unclear. Take, for example, Ireland, … Continue Reading

The only certainty with Brexit at the moment, appears to be that there will continue to be uncertainty

The approach in the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill remains the only conceivable way that the UK can both manage to leave the EU and have a working legislative framework on 30 March 2019 by simultaneously repealing the European Communities Act 1972 and incorporating the large body of EU law on which the legal system depends. … Continue Reading

Meeting with the Migration Advisory Committee − Your Opportunity to Shape Post-Brexit EEA Immigration Policy

Following our request in August for interested organisations’ views and evidence in response to a call for evidence by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) on post-Brexit EEA immigration policy, we are pleased to invite you to meet with representatives of the MAC in our London and Birmingham offices.… Continue Reading

UK Government Sets Out Its Position on UK-EU Data Flows

The UK Government has released a position paper, “The exchange and protection of personal data: A future partnership paper” as part of the ongoing Brexit negotiations. This is one of many papers released by the UK Government last week but is a high priority for both the UK and the EU given the importance of … Continue Reading
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