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Brexit round-up – 21 August 2020

Welcome to this, our latest Brexit round-up. Each week we provide a succinct round-up of the latest news surrounding the Brexit process, so you can keep abreast of the issues which are likely to affect your organisation.

EU rejects immigration pact

When the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December, the government will lose the right to transfer refugees and migrants to the EU country from which they arrived.  Currently the UK is able to transfer refugees back to their home country under the European asylum system known as the Dublin regulation.  The UK government had sought to replicate this once we have left the EU and presented the EU with a plan which would allow the UK to return “all third-country nationals and stateless persons” who enter its territory without the right paperwork to the EU country they had travelled through to reach British shores.  However it has been rejected by EU negotiators and member states who said “The proposal, from the EU perspective, isn’t very operational and doesn’t bring a lot of added value.”

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