Brexit Bulletin—PM urges UK to prepare for no deal at the end of transition period

Brexit Bulletin—PM urges UK to prepare for no deal at the end of transition period

The Prime Minister has given a statement urging the UK to prepare for there being no trade deal with the EU at the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020 (IP completion day). The Prime Minister said that the EU had ‘refused to negotiate seriously’ on the comprehensive ‘Canada-style’ deal that the UK prefers and that an agreement was unlikely without a ‘fundamental change of approach’ from the EU. The Prime Minister’s statement followed the conclusion of the October European Council, during which EU leaders discussed progress in the key Brexit transition workstreams and confirmed the impasse, calling on the UK to make concessions towards an agreement. The Prime Minister said that the EU’s demands were ‘obviously unacceptable’ to the UK, particularly on fisheries, and that the UK should embrace the alternative (aka no deal outcome), with ‘complete confidence’. With ten weeks remaining until IP completion day, the Prime Minister indicated the UK’s willingness to continue negotiations on certain areas of cooperation and contingency planning, meanwhile the government would focus on the coronavirus (COVID-19) response.

What happens next?

With agreement on the future UK-EU relationship in doubt, full implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement is critical. The fourth ordinary meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee takes place on 19 October 2020. The meeting will include a stocktake on work in the Specialised Committees and updates on implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement, as well as discussions on Joint Commi

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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.