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What does Brexit mean for cybercrime and cybersecurity?

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Published on LexisPSL on 05/02/2020

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  • What does Brexit mean for cybercrime and cybersecurity?

The UK has left the EU on the basis of the Withdrawal Agreement as implemented in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020. However, we are now in an implementation period running until 31 December 2020 during which time the UK will generally continue to abide by EU rules.

The government will enter into negotiations for a post-Brexit UK-EU relationship. In a situation where no new arrangements are put in place by the end of the year (a ‘non-negotiated outcome’), legislation previously prepared for a no-deal scenario will apply.

As with counter-terrorist financing, efforts to thwart cybercriminals and protect cybersecurity are heavily dependent on cross-border co-operation. The EU has taken several legislative actions encouraging Member States to st

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