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This month we cover issues including, the prorogation of parliament, Brexit preparations for a no-deal exit, data protection, and CEO pay. We also look at employment - workplace pensions and Bitcoin fraud.
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On 28 August 2019, the Prime Minister asked the Queen to prorogue Parliament, bringing the current parliamentary session to an end on 10 September 2019, ahead of a new session commencing with a Queen’s Speech on 14 October 2019. The timing of the announced prorogation is controversial, as it will severely limit the parliamentary sitting time in the lead-up to exit day. Kieran Laird, partner and head of constitutional affairs in the Gowling WLG Brexit Unit and Richard Eccles, partner at Bird & Bird, consider what prorogation means for Brexit. For further information, see: LNB News 28/08/2019 46.
With exit day fixed in law on 31 October 2019, and the government set on sticking to this deadline, preparations for a no-deal Brexit are critical. Designed to ready the UK statute book for Brexit with or without a deal, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 is an essential reference for lawyers preparing for exit day. Our bulletin highlights one of the key features of this legislation, retained EU law, with links to new materials, background reading and tips for tracking Brexit related legislation and developments. See News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—getting to grips with retained EU law.
The Cabinet Office has announced that it will not make companies working with the government on Brexit preparations sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in ‘the vast majority of circumstances’. NDAs will now only be used in cases where they are necessary—for example, in protecting the interests of third parties. See: LNB News 22/08/2019 31.
The Department for International Trade has announced that the UK and
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