On Monday 13 July, the U.K. government published further details outlining their plan for a new immigration system which will amend the existing points-based immigration system. This system is to take effect from 1 January 2021. The 130-page document doesn’t contain a lot more detail than the proposals released earlier in the year, which we summarized in April. The new system will end free movement with the EU and represents a significant change to immigration in the U.K. The system will apply...
The European Commission has today adopted a Communication to help national authorities, businesses and citizens prepare for the inevitable changes that will arise at the end of the transition period. Changes will occur to cross-border exchanges between the EU and the UK as of 1 January 2021– irrespective of whether an agreement on a future partnership has been concluded or not.
Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: "The British people decided in a democratic election to leave the European Union and its benefits....
With less than 6 months until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union’s economic remit, “serious divergences” between the two parties remain.
Spurred on by the limited progress so far and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official confirmation that the UK would, in fact, not request an extension to the transition period beyond the end of the year, chief negotiators Michel Barnier and David Frost agreed at the beginning of June to “intensify” negotiations, in person, on a...
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I am happy to report back to you today after our second meeting of the Joint Committee on the implementation and application of the Withdrawal Agreement. On the EU's side, I was joined by Michel Barnier, the European Commission's Chief Negotiator, as well as 15 Member States representatives And I would like to thank sincerely Michael Gove and his team for their constructive attitude today. I have to underline that the meeting took place in a very...
In line with the Terms of Reference agreed on 28 February by the United Kingdom and the European Commission, and taking into account the current state of the negotiations after four rounds, the following forward process is established, in order to intensify the talks and to create the most conducive conditions for concluding and ratifying a deal before the end of 2020:
Negotiating rounds will take place in July, August and in September, unless agreed otherwise between the Subject...
June 17, 2020 | Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the preparations for the European Council of 19 June 2020, and the negotiations for a new partnership with the United Kingdom
"Check against delivery"
Mr President, Honourable Members,
The negotiations with the United Kingdom always promised to be difficult. And they have not disappointed. Two days ago, President Sassoli, President Michel and I discussed the way forward with Prime Minister Johnson. The Prime Minister confirmed that...
June 05, 2020 | Statement by Michel Barnier
"Check against delivery"
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am happy to be with you again, virtually, at the end of this fourth round of negotiations.
Since the beginning of these negotiations, our objective has been to move forward – in parallel – on all topics of our future relationship – and there are many given that we are aiming for a very ambitious partnership.
To achieve this, as I told you at the end of our last...
May 7, 2020 |
Between April 20 and 24, the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (U.K.) conducted the second round of negotiations on their future trading relationship. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, described the talks as slightly “surreal”. However, both the EU and U.K. remain keen to continue the talks, since two important deadlines are approaching this year.
Transition Period – Extension or Exit?
After the U.K. left the EU at the end of...
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Compliments of the European Commission.
April 15, 2020 |
It is difficult at the moment to look beyond Covid-19 and the impact that it is having on our lives and the economy. Like all sections of the economy, taxes need to be considered when responding to this crisis. In the UK, the government has announced a range of emergency tax measures designed to help businesses deal with the fallout from the outbreak. These include a deferral of VAT payments and a relaxation of Time to...