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Lewis Crofts is Global Chief Correspondent at MLex Market Insight, an independent media organisation providing market insight, analysis and commentary on regulatory risk. In this analysis, he outlines 3 key actions to help organisations prepare for a potential Brexit.
If the UK votes to leave the EU in June any changes to the regulatory framework would be determined by the UK’s relationship with the remaining EU countries. That relationship will define how much freedom the UK gets to design its own laws and how far it will still be obliged to apply EU norms. Nonetheless, one thing is certain: if the UK wants to continue to access the markets of its EU neighbours it will need to continue applying EU laws to a large degree.
Further, there would be a monumental impact on the hundreds and hundreds of laws on the UK statute books which are based on or inspired by EU legislation. For each of those, the UK must decide whether to maintain the law, amend it or scrap it. In reality, much of the legislation will remain, at least for a transitional period. But the next decade could be dominated by a lengthy legal process of uncoupling UK laws from their European moorings.
The resultant main risk for companies is uncertainty.
Not knowing what the legal landscape will be could affect business confidence, postpone investme
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