Last updated: 23 November 2018

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.

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.

Implementation status 
  Implementation deadline/effective date likely to be pre-Brexit
  Implementation deadline/effective date likely to be post-Brexit
 Timeline  EU legislation

Takes effect:

3 December


Draft: Regulation on addressing geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers' nationality, place of residence or place of establishment within the internal market, amending Regulation (EC) No 2006/2004 and Directive 2009/22/EC

  • Draft Regulation which regulates unjustified geo-blocking which limits cross-border e-commerce. Part of the EC's Digital Market Strategy
  • The EC's draft was published in May 2016.

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Implementation deadline:

[Likely late 2018 / early 2019?]


Draft: Amendments to the Audiovisual Media Services ("AVMS") Directive (2010/13/EU)


  • Draft Directive proposed to harmonise audiovisual media. Amends the existing AVMS Directive.
  • The EC's draft was published in May 2016.

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  Draft:  Proposal for a Regulation on Copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes


  • Commission proposal tabled on 14 September 2016
  • Trilogue negotiations (Council, Parliament, Commission) started in January 2018 and ongoing with a view to reaching a final political agreement."

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