Brexit highlights—20 March 2020

Brexit highlights—20 March 2020

These Brexit highlights bring you a summary of the latest Brexit news and legislation updates from across a range of LexisNexis® practice areas, collated on 20 March 2020.

General Brexit headlines

This section contains key overarching Brexit news headlines.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Government committed to IP completion day amid COVID-19 pandemic

The government has announced that the IP completion day will stay at 31 Dec 2020 amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In light of the latest coronavirus guidance, negotiating work strands will not convene as previously scheduled. However, the UK government and European Commission remain in regular contact to consider flexible, alternative ways of continuing the discussions. Both the EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and UK chief negotiator, David Frost, are in isolation due to COVID-19 and are reported to have not met since the first round of talks.

See: LNB News 18/03/2020 49.

Brexit Bulletin—examining the EU’s draft legal text for the future UK-EU relationship

On 18 March 2020, the European Commission’s UK Task Force (UKTF) published its proposed draft legal text for an ‘ambitious and comprehensive’ future partnership agreement between the EU and the UK. The draft ‘translates into a legal text the negotiating directives approved by Member States in the General Affairs Council on 25 February 2020, in line with the Political Declaration agreed between the EU and the UK in October 2019’. Face-to-face talks remain suspended due to COVID-19. Commenting on the draft, Richard Eccles, partner at Bird & Bird, warns that the UK and EU negotiators are far apart with very little time to find a compromise.

See: LNB News 19/03/2020 39.

European Scrutiny Committee issues first report on the EU’s mandate for the future UK-EU relationship

On 17 March 2020, the Commons European Scrutiny Committee (ESC) published its first report of the 2019–21 Parliament, focusing on the EU’s mandate for negotiating a new partnership with the UK. The Committee considers that the Council decision approving the Commission’s mandate and the opening of negotiations raises matters

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Holly joined LexisNexis in July 2014 and works primarily on the PSL Public Law module. Holly read law at university and qualified as a solicitor in private practice. Before starting her legal career, she gained experience working in local government and spent a year studying politics. Prior to joining LexisNexis, Holly worked in the Global Technology and Sourcing team at BP, supporting a variety of global procurement and compliance projects. Upon joining LexisPSL, she worked in the Commercial and LexisAsk teams before assisting with the development and launch of the PSL Public Law module. Holly looks after a number of core public law subject areas, including Brexit.