January 11, 2021

On this page you will find our insights and publications around Brexit.

Brexit: the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement

21 January 2021


On Christmas Eve 2020, less than a year after the UK formally left the EU and a mere eight days before the agreed transition period ended, the EU and UK reached agreement on future trade and cooperation. The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, in effect since 1 January 2021, is comprehensive and its conclusion in just eleven months is quite an achievement. Nonetheless, while a “no deal Brexit” has been averted, the consequences of the UK’s departure remain profound and the impact of a transition from an internal market to a regime under the agreement is significant.


In this briefing, we outline some of the effects the agreement will have on a number of practice areas and look ahead to what could be expected further. You can download the briefing by clicking on the image below.


Brexit: moving towards the final deal

With the House of Commons recently endorsing Boris Johnson’s revised Withdrawal Agreement,
a 31 January 2020 Brexit date now appears a certainty. But a lot of questions remain about the shape of the future relationship between the EU and the UK. Talks on this future relationship deal are expected to start in February or March of this year.

In this briefing, our experts outline what happens in a range of practice areas during the – as yet short – transition period. They then highlight how a new EU-UK relationship, based on a revised Political Declaration, might impact on these areas. And finally, they ponder what the situation could look like if negotiations between the UK and the EU fail to produce an agreement before the end of this year.

You can download the briefing by clicking on the image below.


Brexit: Deal or No Deal?

27 November 2018


The withdrawal deal struck between the EU and the UK governments. Looking ahead at the future relationship as outlined in the accompanying political declaration.

The Brexit deal agreed by the two sides comes after complex and often fraught negotiations. Although this is an important step forwards, it is by no means certain whether the deal will be approved by the UK parliament, and then by the European Parliament and the Council. Our newsletter outlines for a number of practice areas what an eventual Brexit might look like. We do this based on three different scenarios: (i) no deal is reached at all, (ii) a deal is reached on the withdrawal, but not on the future relationship and (iii) there is a deal on both the withdrawal and the future relationship.


If you have any questions on how Brexit might impact your business, please contact our Brexit team or your usual De Brauw contact.


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The one-year anniversary of Article 50

6 April 2018


The challenges remaining following the one-year anniversary of the UK’s triggering of Article 50.

While there are doubtless many twists and turns ahead, the fog is slowly clearing on the terms of withdrawal and the transition period, and although the final form of any future partnership remains uncertain, elements of the legal relationship between the UK and the EU are beginning to take shape.


De Brauw’s Brexit update examines the legal developments in the Brexit process over the last twelve months, and looks ahead to where the UK-EU relationship may stand one year from now, and beyond. From financial services to dispute resolution, IP to competition law – we provide an update on how far the process has come, where it might be heading, and what the final destination might look like; from hard Brexit to soft Brexit, and everywhere in between.


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Supreme Court rules UK parliament must vote on Article 50 for Brexit

24 January 2017

The UK Supreme Court ruled today that the UK government must obtain parliament’s authorisation before starting formal exit proceedings from the EU by invoking Article 50 of Treaty of the European Union. The Court dismissed the government’s argument that it could use its executive powers known as “royal prerogative” to do this.  The Supreme Court also ruled that consent of devolved legislatures in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland was not required.


Niek Biegman, resident partner of De Brauw London: “The political impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling should be relatively limited. I expect a majority in both houses of parliament to vote in favour of brief legislation for the authorisation to trigger Article 50. The evolved attitudes in parliament towards the invocation of Brexit proceedings and the government’s pledge to submit the end result of Brexit negotiations to parliament both point in that direction. It therefore looks unlikely that the government’s plan to trigger Article 50 by the end of March will be affected by this ruling”.


Brexit Q&A

24 June 2016


The outcome of the UK referendum on Thursday, 23 June 2016 is that the UK will in time leave the EU. The consequences for businesses and ­financial markets in the UK, the EU and even globally could be signi­ficant. The impact of a “leave” vote will depend on the form that the exit takes. The Q&A addresses some of the questions and uncertainties about a Brexit. You can also download the Q&A by clicking on the image below.


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