Brexit - What Next?

11/09/2020

The recent round of Brexit negotiations has been challenged by the United Kingdom (UK) Government’s plans for an ‘internal market’, outlined in the UK Internal Market Bill. The proposed domestic legislation published on 9 September aims to establish a UK-wide set of standards that would enable a larger degree of flexibility in future trade talks. European figures have complained of an “unprecedented breach of trust” as the Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis stated that the government plans to go against the Treaty in a “specific and limited way”. The EU has told the government to withdraw certain parts of the Bill “in the shortest time possible”. It has also given the UK 20 days to back down on plans to alter the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement or risk collapsing trade talks and face legal action for breaking an international treaty. The UK said that it “will not back down”. This has received international attention too with the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, stating that if the UK Government violates the international treaty, there would be “absolutely no chance of a US-UK trade agreement passing the Congress”. The Internal Market Bill also sets out the UK Government’s post-Brexit plans for subsidy control and state aid.

This is a live document. It will be updated in accordance with the progress of UK-EU negotiations.

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