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Brexit round-up – 24/07/20

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.

UK-EU trade deal looks unlikely

The UK’s chief negotiator David Frost and the EU’s Michel Barnier began the latest round of talks in London on Monday however they are still failing to agree on fishing rights, so-called level playing field guarantees, governance of the deal and the role of the European Court of Justice. Boris Johnson set a deadline for agreeing a trade deal by the end of the month and with no progress made this week so far, and no further talks scheduled before the end of the month, the UK Government has reportedly abandoned hope of striking a Brexit trade deal with the EU. If no deal is reached then following the transition period which will end on 31 December, Britain will begin to trade with Europe on World Trade Organisation terms. EU negotiators maintain that the real deadline for a deal is the end of October, which would still allow time for member states to ratify the agreement before the end of transition.

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Insurance green card required for Northern Ireland drivers

The Irish Department of Transport has confirmed that from January drivers from Northern Ireland will have to carry an insurance green card while driving across the border to the Republic of Ireland. A spokesperson for the Irish Department of Transport said “As it stands, following the transition period, a green card will be required for vehicles from the UK, including Northern Ireland, being driven in Ireland or other EU Member States, unless the European Commission declares otherwise.” They confirmed that it would not be an offence under Irish or EU law for GB or Northern Ireland-registered vehicles to drive in Ireland without a GB sticker attached to the vehicle.

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If you have any questions about any of the issues which are raised, or would like to discuss your own organisation’s options during the Brexit process, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Please note that this briefing is designed to be informative, not advisory and represents our understanding of English law and practice as at the date indicated. We would always recommend that you should seek specific guidance on any particular legal issue.

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