Continental Shift: No-deal Brexit

Continental Shift: No-deal Brexit

For our report Continental Shift: No-deal Brexit and the law, we spoke to a range of experts to hear their views on the latest developments, focussing in particular on the implications of a no-deal Brexit, seeking answers to some of the key questions. As part of LexisNexis’ ongoing coverage of the Brexit preparations, this report seeks to cut through the rhetoric and provide an update on the legal and practical implications.

More than three years since the UK referendum on EU membership, and over six months on from the original withdrawal deadline, the UK has still not left the EU. However, since Boris Johnson replaced Theresa May as Prime Minister on 24 July 2019 there has been a shift, the government’s stance has hardened and it has repeatedly refused to take a no-deal Brexit off the table. The PM has reiterated time and time again that the UK will leave the EU on 31 October 2019, ‘no ifs no buts’, with or without a deal. This is in spite of Parliament passing legislation requiring the PM to seek an extension to the withdrawal period under Article 50 TEU unless a motion approving the UK’s withdrawal from the EU (either with or without a deal) is passed by 19 October 2019.

While the stated policy preference is to leave the EU with a re-negotiated deal in place, the government has upscaled its public campaign urging stakeholders to prepare for a no-deal Brexit. In its own assessment, leaving the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement or a framework for a future relationship in place, would require individuals, businesses and organisations to adapt to the UK’s position as a third country outside the EU immediately on exit day, without a transition period or full transitional arrangements in place. This would include, among other things, the immediate end of the application of the EU Treaties and international arrangements in which the UK participates as an EU Member State, trading on World Trade Organization terms, loss of mutual recognition in many areas and the end of the supremacy of EU law and the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice in the UK.

LexisNexis has been working alongside industry leaders to unpack the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit, looking at the key issues, priorities and contingency planning and considering the possible effects on the legal profession.

This report collates a sample of our analysis on some of the key issues and impacted areas, cutting through the politics and focussing on the information required for practitioners to navigate a post-Brexit world.

Continental Shift: No-deal Brexit & the law gives you expert guidance on the potential impact for:

  1. devolved administrations and neighbouring jurisdictions
  2. international priorities and trade
  3. legal practitioners
  4. various practice areas

To view our previous reports on Brexit and the law, please see below:

Continental Shift: After the Vote

Continental Shift: Brexit & the Law

Further background reading, links to related guidance and policy documents, plus the latest analysis on the potential legal and practical implications of Brexit across a range of practice areais available in our interactive Brexit toolkit.

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Amy is an established writer and researcher, having contributed to publications, such as The Law Society, LPM, City A.M. and Financial IT. Her role at LexisNexis UK involved leading content and thought leadership, as well as writing research reports, including "The Bellwether Report 2020, Covid-19: The next chapter" and "Are medium-sized firms the change-makers in legal?"