On 29 March 2017, the UK government served two-years notice under Article 50 of The Treaty on European Union to terminate the UK's membership of the EU. This means that the UK exit (or 'Brexit') will take effect on 29 March 2019. In the meantime, the UK and EU are negotiating the terms of a UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement (including a declaration on the outline terms of their future trading relationship). If a Withdrawal Agreement is successfully concluded, this will include a transitional arrangement for the continued application of EU law in and to the UK, until the end of 2020. Some of the immediate challenges for businesses will arise from the impact of Brexit on the free movement of goods, services and workers and a number of areas covered by the single market, including the protection of IP rights. Forward planning is, therefore, key.

Our Brexit resources include over 30 practice group and sector briefings, practical tools for businesses and various videos. These can be accessed via the links below. We have a team of contacts who can discuss the subject directly with you and offer further guidance. If this would be helpful, please do get in touch with one of our team.

Brexit: Legal Process & Future UK/EU Relationship

Brexit briefings - Guiding you through the Brexit legal landscape

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EU Legislation Tracker

Bird & Bird's EU Legislation Tracker highlights Regulations and Directives scheduled to take effect or to be implemented by Member States in the period prior to the UK's departure from the EU. It does not provide an exhaustive survey. Instead, we have sought to summarise some of the key legislation, both draft and finalised, which we are tracking in the run up to Brexit and which are likely to be of interest to companies which do business in the UK and/or elsewhere in Europe.

The Tracker includes a short commentary on the substance of each of the measures identified, and a timeline for their known or likely effective dates (for Regulations) or implementation deadlines (for Directives). These are colour coded by reference to the likely date of Brexit. Click on the links below to access full details.

For the purposes of the Tracker, we have assumed that the UK will exit the EU two years from its service of the Article 50 notice (i.e. on 29th March 2019). However, a transitional period is expected to follow, until the end of 2020, during which the UK will be required to continue to align its laws with those of the EU Single Market and Customs Union. It is currently expected that the EU Withdrawal Bill will be enacted with effect from the exit date and that the resulting Act will retain all EU Regulations (and statutory instruments implementing EU Directives) in UK domestic law. However, the Act is also expected to enable amendments to such Regulations by statutory instruments during a two-years period, and this process will determine the final form, in UK domestic law, of such legislation now summarised in our Tracker.

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Commercial Drafting Checklist

Entering into new commercial agreements during periods of economic or political uncertainty can give rise to unique challenges. As the UK negotiates its exit from the EU, we have highlighted some Brexit related issues which parties may want to consider when contracting during this period. With contributions from lawyers in our IP, Dispute Resolution and Commercial groups, the tool flags a number of issues that have already been shown to be relevant. However, it isn't an exhaustive checklist and there may well be additional issues to consider depending on the precise nature of the agreement concerned and progress with the Brexit negotiations. As ever, we would advise parties to seek specific legal advice on the particular deal being entered into. 

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Brexit & the Media Sector: Part 1

In the first of our three part series looking at the impact of Brexit on the media sector, Caroline Povah and the MediaWrites team give a short overview of the UK government’s approach to Brexit.

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Brexit & the Media Sector: Part 2

In part two of our Brexit & The Media series Caroline Povah looks at some of the pros and cons of Brexit for the media sector.

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Brexit & the Media Sector: Part 3

Required to comply but no longer able to influence: Caroline Povah discusses the areas where continuing to trade with the EU might leave limited scope for change in part three of our Brexit & The Media series.

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