Brexit: Reporting Developments Affecting the Business and Legal Community

 

Never Mind the Brexit

As with so many things, COVID-19 has had a major impact on our lives, our businesses and anything close to ‘business as usual’.  We have taken a long break from any posts related to Brexit given the major disruptions that COVD-19 has caused.  However, the clock has still been ticking towards 31 December 2020, the date upon which the UK’s transition arrangements with the EU will cease and the UK will no longer have any residual EU membership rights.  And every now and then, we would be reminded that Brexit is a process not a destination as the world dealt with responding to COVID-19.

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Brexit and .eu domains

The European Registry for Internet Domains (EURid) launched ‎the “.eu” top level ‎domain in 2005. It offers the opportunity of a ‎pan-European Internet name (for ‎websites and e-mail ‎addresses) for those who meet the eligibility criteria. At ‎‎present, there are approximately 135,000 .eu domains ‎registered to individuals, ‎businesses and organisations in ‎the United Kingdom.‎

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Taking Stock of Brexit and the Transition Period

As we flagged up in our post in December, there was a general expectation that the ‎amended EU Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson would be ‎passed by the UK Parliament without amendment.

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Locke Lord QuickStudy: Impact of BREXIT on Trade Marks and Designs

Following completion of the formalities, the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement come into effect as of 11pm GMT today, 31 January 2020, following which the UK will no longer be a member of the European Union. The Withdrawal Agreement provides for a transition period until 31 December 2020 (the “Transition Period”)During the Transition Period, EU law will continue to be applicable within the UK and the UK will continue to be treated as a Member State until 31 December 2020.

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Pro-Brexit Conservative Party Wins Historic Election as UK Parliament is Unblocked

We finally can start to make statements that are less equivocal following the Conservative Party’s success last night that has led to a majority of 80 seats in the House of Commons, its biggest majority since 1987 and its highest share of the vote since 1979. The Labour Party’s experiment with a more socialist agenda appears to be shelved as it had its worse performance in an election since 1935.

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