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Brexit: Impact of 'No Deal' on Manufacturers and Importers

The European Commission has issued a Notice drawing attention to the legal ramifications of Brexit for industrial products placed on the EU-27 market in the event of no alternative arrangements being agreed for a transition...more

Brexit 2018: The Final Preparations

2018 is the year that the UK and EU will look to finalise their Brexit deal; to settle the trading arrangements for what could be a lengthy ‘transition period’; and start discussions on the shape of their future long-term...more

Export Controls: 2017 Update of the EU Dual-Use Control List

The annual update of the EU’s list of dual-use items subject to export controls will shortly come into force. The UK will update its open general licences that are affected. Businesses exporting dual-use items should check...more

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

The EU and Japan have reached agreement on “the biggest bilateral trade agreement ever negotiated by the European Union”, covering a combined market of over 600m people and 30% of global GDP....more

Brexit: Authorised Economic Operators (AEO)

After Brexit, customs declarations to UK Customs are expected to increase five-fold to 255 million annually and the UK companies making declarations to double to over 270,000. But only 0.2% of those traders have AEO status –...more

11/20/2017  /  AEO , Customs , EU , HMRC , UK , UK Brexit , Union Customs Code (UCC)

Brexit: The Clock is Ticking

The risk of a no agreement ‘cliff-edge’ is growing and the prospects for a transitional agreement, while somewhat improved, remain uncertain. The groundwork in Whitehall and the negotiations in Brussels have made only limited...more

Resolving Cross-Border Disputes Post-Brexit: UK Position Paper

Businesses and consumers need certainty over the laws that underpin trading across the borders of the EU and the millions of contracts they make each day which currently benefit from the legal certainty membership of the EU...more

Brexit: A Softer Brexit Back on the Table?

The result of the UK’s general election on 8 June has reignited speculation that the UK government might pursue a softer Brexit. In this update, we provide a reminder of the main “softer” Brexit models which had previously...more

Reminder: Modern Slavery Statement Deadline

A gentle reminder for all those with a turnover above £36 million and doing business in the UK. ...more

Brexit: The EU's Negotiating Directives

The European Commission has published draft objectives for the first phase of the Brexit negotiations, focused on citizens' rights, the financial settlement and a continuing role for the European Court of Justice (ECJ). This...more

Brexit: The Implications of the UK General Election

The UK will hold a General Election on 8 June. While this will mean that the ongoing work of the Government on Brexit will be put on hold, the two-year deadline for the negotiations continues to draw closer....more

4/24/2017  /  General Elections , UK , UK Brexit

Brexit: Article 50 Triggered

The UK Government today formally triggered the process of leaving the EU by invoking Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. How are the negotiations likely to affect your business? Defining your priorities, developing...more

5 Ways to Brexit–Proof Your Existing Contracts

Companies should be reviewing their existing contracts — at least those which may still apply at the point of Brexit — and amending the standard terms of business they propose to use from now on, to account for when the UK...more

Brexit: UK Trade Outside The UK

Roughly half of all UK trade is with non-EU countries1. It is argued that Brexit will accelerate the growth of this trade by enabling the UK to strike its own trade deals, particularly with the world’s largest and most...more

OFSI’s New Power to Issue Monetary Fines for Sanctions Breaches: Consultation

The consequences of breaching sanctions in the UK are due to increase in April. Prominent among the new measures is the power for the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) to impose a monetary penalty and to do...more

Brexit Timing in Doubt

The UK High Court ruled yesterday that the Government cannot rely on its historic prerogative powers to launch the Article 50 process to withdraw the UK from the EU. The Government has said it will appeal the decision to the...more

Brexit Bulletin: Issues That Firms Should Be Considering Now

Four months have passed since the UK voted to leave the EU. We are still some way from knowing the likely terms of a post-Brexit agreement, even if the Conservative Party conference and other recent statements have given some...more

Tackling Modern Slavery

Pressure on businesses to do more to address slavery is ramping-up. In July, the UK Prime Minister described slavery as ‘the greatest human rights issue of our time’. Today, 18 October, marks Anti-Slavery Day in the UK....more

Brexit Bulletin: Leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union

The Prime Minister has set out key principles for the government’s policy on Brexit, which indicate that the UK will not remain fully in the EU Single Market or the Customs Union, but will be negotiating a bespoke trade deal...more

UK Votes To Leave The EU: The Implications Of Brexit And What Next

The British people voted on Thursday to leave the EU. What happens next and what are the implications for business are crucial questions that need to be addressed. What does this mean? Whilst the vote is not legally...more

6/24/2016  /  EU , Referendums , UK , UK Brexit

Tough New EU-Wide Cybersecurity Rules in Prospect: The Network and Information Security Directive

Two-thirds of large UK companies have come under cyber attack in the past year, according to the UK Government, and a quarter have been attacked at least once a month. But only half have taken any recommended actions to...more

New UK Open General Export Licences for Components

UK exporters may now use two new Open General Export Licences (OGELs), reducing the administrative burden of exporting a range of military and dual use components, including printed circuit boards....more

Iran Sanctions: What is Prohibited or Licensable for EU Businesses?

Despite the easing of sanctions on Iran on 16 January under the Joint Comprehensive Programme of Action (JCPOA), some prohibitions and licensing requirements continue to apply to EU businesses. These are summarised below,...more

Implementation Day: Iran Sanctions Eased Today

On Saturday, 16 January 2016, the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) submitted a report to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) certifying that Iran has satisfied its obligations under the Joint...more

Reforms in the UK Export Control Organisation (ECO)

The ECO is making a combination of reforms, intended to improve its service in support of responsible defence and security exports while at the same time ensuring that the objectives of strategic trade controls to protect...more

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