Category Archives: Brexit issues

Does Covid-19 provide the UK with a basis for denouncing the Northern Ireland Protocol?

In a recent blog post for Global Vision, Professor David Collins argued that the Covid-19 crisis provides a basis in international law for the United Kingdom to withdraw from the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol (“the Protocol”), which forms part of the Withdrawal … Continue reading

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BEIS responds to the House of Lords EU Committee letter on level playing field issues

The House of Lords EU Committee yesterday published BEIS’ response to the Committee’s letter on the Government’s position on level playing field commitments – a key issue in the negotiations between the United Kingdom and the EU on their future relationship. … Continue reading

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Is there any scope for agreement between the EU and UK on subsidies?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the gap between the EU’s position and that of the UK on level playing field commitments, and in particular State aid, is the largest obstacle to the conclusion of a final relationship agreement … Continue reading

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House of Lords EU Internal Market Select Committee writes to BEIS about the UK anti-subsidy regime after transition

On 2 April, the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee wrote to Paul Scully MP, the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets about the Government’s plans for a UK subsidy regime after Brexit and the Goverment’s approach … Continue reading

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UKSALA event on UK subsidy control after Brexit now available to watch online

Particularly at the moment when we are all more or less confined to our homes, we are grateful again to Shearman & Sterling for making available a full video recording of the UKSALA panel discussion of UK anti subsidy law … Continue reading

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Paper by James Webber on the UK anti-subsidy regime after Brexit

James Webber has recently published an interesting contribution to the debate on the nature of the UK anti-subsidy regime after Brexit, which can be read here.  It has been covered in the Daily Express (not previously a journal noted for its detailed … Continue reading

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UK STATE AID ASSOCIATION/UK TRADE FORUM/SHEARMAN & STERLING EVENING SEMINAR ON 4 MARCH ON THE UK ANTI-SUBSIDY REGIME AFTER BREXIT

The topic of what, if any, State aid regime the UK will have after Brexit has come into sharp focus.  The EU is demanding, as part of the “level playing field commitments” it wants as part of any trade deal … Continue reading

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Conservative plans to replace the UK State aid regime

During the election campaign, some publicity was give to Conservative proposals (not in their manifesto but circulated in a document given to journalists) to replace the State aid regime. The document does not seem to be available on line, but … Continue reading

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House of Commons updated briefing report on EU State aid rules and WTO subsidies rules

The House of Commons has just published an updated briefing report explaining the differences between the EU State aid rules and the WTO subsidies rules, and describing the current proposals for the post-Brexit State aid regime. It is a helpful … Continue reading

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UK tax exemption ruled to be illegal State aid: reports emerge that HMRC may have to recover “tens to hundreds of millions of pounds” from beneficiary businesses.

We are grateful to Jonathan Branton and Alexander Rose of DWF for contributing this article.  On 2nd April 2019 the European Commission concluded that a tax break introduced in the Finance Act 2012 constitutes unlawful State aid to certain multi-national … Continue reading

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