Brexit highlights—20 November 2020

Brexit highlights—20 November 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 November 2020.

General Brexit headlines

This section contains key overarching Brexit news headlines.

Brexit Bulletin—future UK-EU relationship negotiations suspended following positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test

The future UK-EU relationship talks have been suspended at high-level ‘for a short period’, after an EU negotiator tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Staying ‘in close contact’, both delegations will continue work ‘in full respect of the guidelines’. With just six weeks until the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020 (IP completion day), the suspension of high-level talks has added new uncertainty to the negotiations, which have missed the original deadlines outlined for conclusion and ratification of a deal on time.

See: LNB News 19/11/2020 121.

Brexit Bulletin—UK warns future UK-EU relationship negotiations ‘may not succeed’ as talks resume

In remarks following the third week of intensive negotiations on the future UK-EU relationship, UK chief negotiator, David Frost had warned the talks ‘may not succeed’. While Lord Frost reported ‘some progress in a positive direction’ working on the basis of ‘common draft treaty texts’, he acknowledged a lack of an agreement in ‘significant elements’. EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, signalled the EU’s intention to remain ‘determined, patient and respectful’ towards securing ‘open, but fair in all areas’ future co-operation. Talks resumed in Brussels on 16 November 2020, while UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, entered a two-week self-isolation period under coronavirus (COVID-19) rules. Meanwhile, preparations are being urged for all scenarios at the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020 (IP completion day), including changes taking effect in any event.

See: LNB News 16/11/2020 120.

Brexit Bulletin—second meeting of the Specialised Committee on Gibraltar

On 18 November 2020, the UK and EU held the second meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Specialised Committee on implementation of the Protocol on Gibraltar. The parties

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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.