Brexit highlights—3 July 2020

Brexit highlights—3 July 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 3 July 2020.

General Brexit headlines

This section contains key overarching Brexit news headlines.

Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources (June 2020)

We have published an update to our Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources. The latest edition includes commentary and updates on key priorities including intensified negotiations on the future UK-EU relationship, plans to accelerate work on the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement and reflections on progress following the second meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee and the High Level Conference in June 2020.

See: LNB News 30/06/2020 60.

Brexit Bulletin—option to extend transition period under Withdrawal Agreement expires

After exiting the EU on 31 January 2020, the UK entered into a time-limited transition or implementation period, during which the transitional arrangements provided in Part 4 of the Withdrawal Agreement apply. The transition period was intended as a standstill period during which the UK and EU could finalise the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement and negotiate and implement the terms of their future relationship. The transition period is due to end on 31 December 2020, but Article 132 of the Withdrawal Agreement made provision for the transition period to be extended by agreement for up to one or two years on a one-off basis. Despite the tight timescales, the UK pledged not to request or agree any extension early on, and has stuck to this pledge despite calls to reconsider, particularly in light of the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). Article 132 of the Withdrawal Agreement specified that any extension to the transition period must be agreed in the Joint Committee before 1 July 2020. With this deadline passed, many consider the question of an extension to be closed, but there is much left to resolve in order to prepare fully for the end of transition and the new regime taking effect on 1 January 2021.

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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.