Following the UK’s formal departure from the bloc on 31 January 2020, we are now in a period of transition, the terms of which are defined in the Withdrawal Agreement agreed between the UK Government and the EU in October 2019. Assuming extenuating circumstances do not compel the parties to agree an extension (of up to two years), the transition period will end on 31 December 2020. During transition, EU law continues to apply to the UK, with almost all of the rights and obligations that follow. This is important not merely because of the continuing application of EU law as it stood at midnight (CET) on 31 January.  It also means that new EU legislation, be it directly applicable or to be implemented into national law before the end of this year, also binds the UK. 

Negotiations on the future relationship started in earnest in early March 2020, based on the respective mandates on the EU side and the UK side.

Since then, the EU has gone one step further, producing a Draft text of the Agreement on the New Partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom in mid-March.

The FRG is exploring all possible avenues to secure the Bar’s longstanding Brexit priorities: preserving access to justice through future judicial cooperation and continuing mutual market access for legal services in support of same.  Please refer to the documents linked below for further insight into these activities.

Bar Council Brexit resources