The following Commercial guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
Brexit: As of exit day (11pm on 31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this Practice Note. For further guidance, see Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources and Brexit toolkit.
This Practice Note looks at equality and anti-discrimination clauses in public sector contracts. For more information on what contracting authorities (and other interested parties) need to know when using boilerplate provisions in public sector agreements, see Practice Note: Boilerplate provisions in public sector agreements: general considerations.
The legal regime governing the procurement of public contracts in the UK derives from EU laws, and is therefore impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Brexit also has wider implications for the drafting, negotiation and enforcement of contracts governed by English law. The government model contracts are reviewed on a regular basis and updates have been introduced in preparation for Brexit. Amendments include additions to the definition and interpretation provisions and further updates in accordance with procurement policy guidance.
For general updates on the process and preparations for Brexit, see Practice Note: Brexit
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