WTO—an introductory guide
Produced in partnership with Chris Bryant of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
WTO—an introductory guide

The following Public Law guidance note Produced in partnership with Chris Bryant of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • WTO—an introductory guide
  • What is the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
  • Key WTO agreements
  • Key WTO principles
  • Key WTO concepts
  • Disputes and enforcement of WTO rules
  • Brexit—impIication of WTO terms for UK–EU trade in goods and services
  • The UK as an independent WTO member
  • Checklist of key considerations when trading under WTO rules

Brexit: This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no longer an EU Member State and its relationship with the EU is governed by the Withdrawal Agreement, which came into effect on 1 February 2020. In accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be treated as a Member State for many purposes, including trade. As a third country, the UK can no longer participate in the EU’s political institutions, agencies, offices, bodies and governance structures (except to the limited extent agreed), but the UK must continue to adhere to EU law and submit to the continuing jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union in accordance with the transitional arrangements in the Withdrawal Agreement. The UK can enter into trade talks with non-EU countries as an independent trading nation, provided any trade agreements concluded with third countries do not enter into force during the transition period. For background reading, see: Brexit—introduction to the Withdrawal Agreement. We are reviewing our content on the basis of information available and will keep it under review during the implementation period. Meanwhile, for updates on key Brexit developments and the implications for UK lawyers, see: Brexit