Brexit highlights—31 January 2020

Brexit highlights—31 January 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 31 January 2020. This special exit day edition also provides tips and analysis on the immediate considerations and priorities for lawyers, with links to essential Brexit guidance and further reading.

Exit day—what happens next?

As of 11pm on 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no longer an EU Member State and will no longer participate in the political institutions and governance structures of the EU. However, in accordance with the transitional arrangements provided in Part 4 of the Withdrawal Agreement, exit day marks the commencement of an 11-month implementation period. During this period, the UK will continue to be treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes—putting many of the legal and practical changes associated with Brexit on hold.

Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, the implementation period will run from exit day until 11pm on 31 December 2020 (IP completion day). During this period, the UK must continue to adhere to its obligations under EU law (including EU treaties, legislation, principles and international agreements), and submit to the continuing jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement.

The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 (EU(WA)A 2020) implements the Withdrawal Agreement into UK domestic law. It amends the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (EU(W)A 2018), which made no provision for an implementation period, and includes a range of interpretation and consequential provisions in order to effect the implementation period and the associated changes in timing. IP completion day replaces exit day for many purposes throughout the EU(WA)A 2020, EU(W)A 2018 and related Brexit legislation, including specific provisions to defer the commencement of Brexit SIs and related enactments.

The UK’s withdrawal from the EU is an unprecedented process,

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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.