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EU-UK future relations: crucial to ensure EU leverage and unity

Statement by David McAllister, Chair of Parliament’s UK Coordination Group, following the start of EU-UK negotiations on a future partnership on Monday 2 March. “With negotiations kicking off today, we are entering into a crucial phase that will set the tone for the future EU-UK relationship. The European Union is united; mutual trust and respect should prevail to ensure the best possible outcome for both parties. EU negotiator Michel Barnier and his team can count on the European Parliament's full...
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Future EU-UK Partnership: European Commission Receives Mandate to Begin Negotiations with the UK

The European Commission welcomes the Council's decision today, as expected, to authorise the opening of the future partnership negotiations with the UK.   The negotiating directives adopted today are based on the draft recommendation put forward by the Commission on 3 February 2020. They fully respect existing European Council guidelines and conclusions, as well as the Political Declaration agreed between the EU and the United Kingdom in October 2019. The comprehensive negotiating directives define the scope and terms of the future partnership that...
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Brexit: What Happens on 31.01.2020 at Midnight?

In late September 2018, it was said to be another six months until Brexit (our News of 29 September 2018). Now it is actually about to happen. The United Kingdom (UK) will leave the European Union (EU). We summarise the key issues for you below, especially from the perspective of customs and foreign trade law: Which documents are actually relevant? Essentially there are two. They deal with the withdrawal of the UK, firstly from the perspective of Germany, and secondly from...
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Brexit: What Does It Mean for the European Union and Our Partners?

This is a Joint Op-Ed by the European Union’s High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell and the European Commission’s Head of UK Task Force Michel Barnier. On 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom left the European Union. We lost a member of our family. It was a sad moment for us, for European citizens — and, indeed, for many British citizens. Nevertheless, we have always respected the sovereign decision of 52% of the British electorate, and we now look forward to starting...
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A new dawn for Europe: Joint op-ed by President von der Leyen, President Michel and President Sassoli

As the night draws in this evening, the sun will set on more than 45 years of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union. For us, as Presidents of the three main EU institutions, today will inevitably be a day of reflection and mixed emotions – as it will for so many people. Our thoughts are with all of those who have helped to make the European Union what it is today. Those who are concerned about their future...
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Brexit Will Happen Tonight. What Next?

At midnight tonight Luxembourg time, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. For business in the EU and the UK, nothing will change during 2020. However, everything could change from 1 January 2021 as there is still considerable uncertainty on what the future relationship between the EU and the UK will look like. This newsflash looks at what Brexit means for business and the steps ahead. Transition Period until 31 December 2020 During 2020, nothing will really change for companies,...
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Vulcan Insight Analysis of the Latest EU Developments

Brexit: So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye On 23 June 2016 the United Kingdom voted by four percentage points to leave the EU. At 11 pm tonight, the UK will cease to be a member of the EU. The country will no longer have a seat at the EU decision-making table, and will enter the transition period, following EU rules and regulations until the next ‘cliff-edge’ on 31 December 2020. It has been over three and a half years since...
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Brexit to Begin Transition Period for Brand Owners Seeking UK Trademark Protection

Brand owners seeking to do business in Europe are well-advised to apply to register their key brands as trademarks. With the United Kingdom formally leaving the European Union as of January 31, brand owners seeking protection in the UK will have two choices: i) they can wait to extend their trademark registrations from the European Union pursuant to a transition process expected to be finalized in the year ahead; or ii) they can plan pro-actively to file UK trademark...