Latest legal and regulatory news update - 11 October 2019

Latest legal and regulatory news update - 11 October 2019

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No-deal Brexit preparation

The Cabinet Office and Department for Exiting the European Union have published a ‘No-deal readiness report’, summarising UK preparations for exiting the EU on 31 October 2019. See: LNB News 08/10/2019 72.

HMRC has published updated guidance on moving goods between Ireland and Northern Ireland to help stakeholders prepare for the UK leaving the EU without a deal in place. See: LNB News 08/10/2019 50.

The government has published further guidance pages for UK businesses collating existing stakeholder and sectoral guidance on Brexit, focusing on preparing for the no-deal scenario in certain sectors including telecoms, media and broadcasting, digital, technology, arts, creative industries, sports and recreation, gambling and tourism. See: LNB News 03/10/2019 47.

Whistleblowing post-Brexit

The EU has formally adopted new rules strengthening protection for whistle-blowers across sectors including public procurement, financial services, public health, and data protection. Under the directive, both private and public organisations must provide safe channels for whistle-blowers to report, where they will be protected against retaliation. Another change will be the obligation for national authorities to adequately inform citizens and train public officials on how to deal with whistle-blowing. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has confirmed that, as a result of Brexit, the UK will not be transposing the directive into UK law. See: LNB News 07/10/2019 41.


UK supply chain

The Department for International Trade has published details of an update to the UK temporary tariff regime it plans to apply in a no-deal Brexit scenario. Following discussion with industry and consumer groups, the government has amended the temporary tariff rates published in March 2019,

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Allison is a former partner of Shoosmiths, with extensive experience of legal management and practice compliance.