Brexit highlights—27 March 2020

Brexit highlights—27 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 27 March 2020.

Parliament has risen early for the Easter recess and is due to return on 21 April 2020. We plan to issue the next edition of the Brexit highlights once Parliament returns, but we will continue to keep you updated on key developments.

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General Brexit headlines

This section contains key overarching Brexit news headlines.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) puts squeeze on UK to delay Brexit

Brexit appears likely to be delayed beyond the end of this year as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic consumes officials’ attention and puts pressure on economies on both sides of the Channel. The crisis has put particular pressure on the UK government, whose top Brexit officials are tied up fighting the virus. If the UK reverses course and requests an extension, the EU won't refuse.

See News Analysis: Coronavirus (COVID-19) puts squeeze on UK to delay Brexit.

Brexit Bulletin—Provisional agenda for the first meeting of Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee

On 25 March 2020, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove and European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič—co-chairs of the EU-UK Joint Committee under the Withdrawal Agreement—confirmed plans for the first meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee. The meeting will be held on 30 March 2020, via teleconference.

See: LNB News 26/03/2020 82 and LNB News 20/03/2020 60.

Comment—EU's unusually high bar over trade 'distortions' may give UK pause

The EU’s demands for the UK to enshrine a ‘level playing field’ in their future relationship goes beyond those seen in other recent trade deals, including a provision to prevent ‘distortions of trade and unfair competitive advantages’ that doesn’t appear in

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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.