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Brexit round-up – 26/06/20

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.

House of Commons Committee publishes report on need for progress in negotiations

The House of Commons Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union has published a report on the need for progress in the negotiations if a deal is to be agreed before the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic. It also considers the preparations and Government assistance required to ensure that UK businesses are ready for post-transition changes whether or not an agreement is reached. The report notes that the EU has made it clear that timely implementation of the withdrawal agreement Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland is a prerequisite for any future relationship agreement. The Committee welcomes the Government’s decision not to introduce full border controls on goods coming into the UK from 1 January 2021 however it notes that firms exporting to the EU are likely to face full border controls from 1 January 2021. It also notes that firms which trade other than in goods, including hospitality, broadcasting and financial services for example, have concerns about preparing their businesses to operate under the terms of the future relationship from 1 January 2021 and the Committee reports that the Government should actively seek the views of these sectors and show the same flexibility when responding to their needs. The Committee says that the Government should develop and publish an economic and readiness assessment which sets out how it is preparing for circumstances in which no agreement is reached by the end of the transition period and which assesses the additional effects that the coronavirus pandemic will have on post-transition UK-EU trading relationship.

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