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Vulcan Insight | European Commission pauses legal action against UK over Protocol

The European Commission confirmed this week that it would freeze two lawsuits against the United Kingdom in order to “continue constructive discussions” with Westminster over trade arrangements in Northern Ireland. A Commission spokesperson said in a statement that “in order to provide the necessary space to reflect on these issues and find durable solutions to the implementation of the Protocol, we have decided, at this stage, not to move to the next stage of the infringement procedure”. The proceedings were launched...

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Vulcan Insight | London wants to renegotiate Brexit deal

On Wednesday 21 July, the UK reignited the post-Brexit dispute with the European Union by calling for a renegotiation of the Northern Ireland protocol. The UK government demanded that the protocol be temporarily suspended. The UK and EU “cannot go on as we are” when it comes to Northern Ireland, Britain’s Cabinet Office Minister David Frost said. This comes after the two sides had signed a post-Brexit deal one year ago, which was then presented as a victory by British...

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John Bruton | Are we heading for a car crash outcome on the NI Protocol?

Previously published in the "Irish Times" | The UK’s EU negotiator and its Secretary of State for Northern Ireland published a remarkable article in the “Irish Times “ last week. They complained of what they called the “inflexible requirement to treat movement of goods( from Britain) into Northern Ireland, as if they were crossing an EU external frontier, with the full panoply of checks and controls”. It appears that they never read the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol which is part of the Agreement under...

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Steptoe | The UK Competition and Markets Authority’s Vertical Agreement Proposals – Still Anchored to the EU?

The Current Regulatory Moorings Despite the UK’s final withdrawal from the EU, much of EU competition law continues to regulate commercial activity within the UK. This retained body of law includes the Vertical Agreement Block Exemption Regulation (EU 330/2010) (VABER), a "retained exemption" under UK Brexit-related legislation. VABER provides a ‘safe harbour’ (and its accompanying vertical restraints guidelines offer further shelter) from the prohibition of anti-competitive vertical or supply agreements under Article 101(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of...

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“Brexit, What’s Next?” Series | The UK and the Lugano Convention in the post-Brexit world

With the help of our members, this thought-leadership series focuses on explaining what businesses should expect from the new reality of Brexit – in essence, with “Brexit, What’s Next?”. Today, we present Colin Monaghan, Partner, and Louise Mitchell, Knowledge Lawyer, at MASON HAYES & CURRAN and based in Dublin, Ireland; along with Tunde Oyewole, Of Counsel, and Sarah Lajugie, Associate at ORRICK and based in Paris, France. They will address: “The UK and the Lugano Convention in the post-Brexit...

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Data protection: EU Commission adopts adequacy decisions for the UK

The EU Commission has today adopted two adequacy decisions for the United Kingdom - one under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the other for the Law Enforcement Directive. Personal data can now flow freely from the European Union to the United Kingdom where it benefits from an essentially equivalent level of protection to that guaranteed under EU law. The adequacy decisions also facilitate the correct implementation of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which foresees the exchange of personal information,...

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Arendt | Brexit: less than 10 days to request a new residency permit

Tick Tock! Reminder to British citizens* living in Luxembourg: Less than 10 days remaining to request a new residency permit before 30 June 2021 On 1 February 2020, the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union came into effect, entailing that UK citizens cease to be considered as EU nationals. British citizens and their family members residing in Luxembourg before the 31 December 2020 retained their rights to continue to reside and work in Luxembourg from 1 January 2021 onwards,...

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Panitch Law | Urgent IP Notice: U.K. Filing Deadline for BREXIT Cloned EUTMs and IRs is September 30, 2021

At the end of 2020, because of Brexit, the United Kingdom formally separated from the European Union trademark system. This separation affected European Union Trademark registrations (EUTMs) that existed at that time, as well as existing International Registrations (IRs) extended to the European Union.  It also affected pending EUTM applications and IR extensions of protection to the EU. EUTMs and IRs designating the EU that were registered on or before December 31, 2020 continued to have effect in the United...

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Vulcan Insight | EU patience “wearing really, really thin” over Northern Ireland Protocol

On Wednesday, European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and his UK counterpart, Cabinet Minister David Frost, met in London for the latest meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee and the first meeting of the newly created Partnership Council under the post-Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement.  Following several weeks of failed technical and political talks on finding a compromise, Mr. Šefčovič acknowledged that there are still “substantial gaps” in the UK’s implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol and that the EU’s “patience...

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“Brexit, What’s Next?” Series | UK competition law enforcement after Brexit – divergence from the EU?

With the help of our members, this thought-leadership series focuses on explaining what businesses should expect from the new reality of Brexit - in essence, with "Brexit, What's Next?". Today, we present Rachel Brandenburger, Senior Advisor & Foreign legal Advisor to HOGAN LOVELLS US LLP (admitted in England & Wales) and Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of European & Comparative Law, University of Oxford, who will address: “UK competition law enforcement after Brexit – divergence from the EU?”. | Introduction On January 31,...

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