Brexit highlights—6 November 2020

Brexit highlights—6 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 6 November 2020.

General Brexit headlines

This section contains key overarching Brexit news headlines.

Brexit Bulletin—‘very serious’ divergences remain in future UK-EU relationship negotiations

In remarks following the second week of intensive negotiations on the future UK-EU relationship, the UK and EU have reported continued deadlock on their respective red lines. EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, acknowledged ‘very serious divergences’ in level playing field, governance and fisheries, stressing ‘these are essential conditions for any economic partnership’. UK chief negotiator, David Frost, similarly indicated that there remain ‘wide divergences’ on some core issues. Talks are expected to continue, while preparations are being urged for all scenarios at the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020 (IP completion day). It was later announced that a conference call would be held between Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss the state of play on 7 November 2020.

See: LNB News 05/11/2020 105.

Brexit Bulletin—fourth meeting of the Specialised Committee on the Northern Ireland Protocol

On 5 November 2020, the UK and EU held the fourth Specialised Committee meeting on the implementation and application of the Northern Ireland Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement, with UK and EU delegations meeting via video conference. The Committee reported positive progress in various transition workstreams, while acknowledging ‘significant outstanding issues’ in the practical solutions necessary to ensure the smooth flow of trade. In March 2020, the Joint Committee on the Withdrawal Agreement agreed that ‘proper and timely’ implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol is a key priority. The Specialised Committee on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland is one of the six Specialised Committees established under Article 165 of the Withdrawal Agreement. It is tasked with facilitating the implementation and application of the Northern Ireland Protocol and making recommendations on its operation to the Joint Committee.

See: LNB News 06/11/2020 93.

Brexit Bulletin—EU considering next steps as UK declines to respond to Withdrawal Agreement breach notice

The European Commission is said to be

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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.