Brexit Highlights 1-15 December 2020

– The Prime Minister’s Office published a new policy paper – UK Government statement on the UK-EU Joint Committee and the Implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol

– The Cabinet Office published new policy papers – Joint statement by the co-chairs of the EU-UK Joint Committee; The European Union (Withdrawal) Act and Common Frameworks

– The Northern Ireland Office updated its guidance – Brexit Transition: How Northern Ireland Businesses and Citizens Can Prepare Now

– The Department for International Trade published new guidance – NTE 2020/19: EU transition and SPIRE

– The UK Visas and Immigration department updated its guidance – Entering the UK as the holder of an Article 10 or 20 residence card

– The HM Revenue & Customs department updated its policy paper – Changes to accounting for VAT for Northern Ireland and Great Britain from 1 January 2021

– The House of Commons Library produced new research briefings – Reading list of UK and devolved Parliament and Assembly publications on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union and UK-EU future relations; Taxation (Post-Transition Period) Bill 2019-21; UK Internal Market Bill: Lords amendments explained;

– The Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre produced a new EU-UK future relationship negotiations briefing.

– A new Brexit brief was published by the Northern Ireland Assembly research service –

– The European Commission presented contingency legislation on 10 December 2020 in case of no-deal. More information here.

– New documents were published on the Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom (European Commission) website – Joint statement following the second meeting of the Specialised Committee on Financial Provisions; Communication and legislative proposals from the Commission on limited contingency measures in the absence of an agreement on a future partnership with the United Kingdom; Relations with the UK: Commission proposes targeted contingency measures to prepare for possible “no-deal” scenario; Brexit – How to get ready for the end of the transition period; Joint UK-EU statement following the second meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Specialised Committee on issues related to the implementation of the Protocol on the Sovereign Base Areas of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Cyprus

– The Law Society updated its guidance on the preparation for the end of the transition period.

– New posts were published on the EU Relations Law blog – Synopsis of Cambridge-Monckton Webinar (4): external relations; Synopsis of Cambridge-Monckton Webinar (5): A Level Playing Field for EU-UK Economic Relations; The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

– A new article was posted on the UCL Europe blog – The No Deal Brexit Terminology

– A new article was published on the Brick Court Brexit Law blog – New SI confirms binding effect of “continued competence” Commission decisions even after the end of the Brexit transition period

– The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law published a new reportUnited Kingdom Internal Market Bill, Consideration of House of Lords Amendments (Clauses 44-47)

– A new podcast was made available via the Allen & Overy blog – Brexit Podcast: Preparing for the end of the Brexit transition period – key points for issuers of shares

– New posts were published on the Squire Patton Bogg website – Brexit Stocktake – Where Are We? How Did We Get Here? What Happens Next?; Freeports in England – The Tax Offering

– A new post was posted on the Norton Rose Fulbright blog – Brexit: The impact on trade marks and designs

– New articles were posted on the Brexit Institute blog – The EU-UK Agreement on the Implementation of the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland; Johnson’s ‘Oven Ready’ Brexit is a Slow Burner

– New posts were published on the LSE Brexit blog, including the following – After 48 hours of ‘Brextensity’, Northern Ireland is still not ‘sorted’; The UK might be outside the European Union but not outside its gravitational field

– New articles were published on the UK in a Changing Europe website, including the following – Family law after Brexit; Deal or no deal?; The wonky level playing field: the heart of the trade talks disagreement; Brexit: breaking the deadlock; A Canada-style trade deal?; Rethinking UK financial services regulation after Brexit


Joshua Rozenberg, ‘End of an era for the European project’ [7 December 2020] LSG 11.

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