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Brexit

Brexit

Brexit Latest: Is No-Deal a Big Deal?

With the publication of the UK government technical guidance notes for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, following on similar guidance from the EU, it feels more than ever that the possibility of such a scenario has to be taken seriously.

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No-Deal Brexit - VAT Do You Do Next?

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Along with a number of others, a paper on the likely VAT regime that the UK would face after a no-deal Brexit has been published by the Government on 23 August 2018.

There are various points to note. 

Firstly, we will still have VAT after March 2019!

Genuine concerns that VAT would be payable on EU goods at point of import have been allayed. Postponed accounting for import VAT will apply to imports from the EU and, as added “bonus”, from the rest of the world too, which means VAT will paid on both through quarterly or monthly VAT returns instead.

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State Aid And A No Deal Brexit - Everything Changes, Everything Remains The Same

The UK Government recently issued a total of 10 guidance notes, being the first of a series of notes on the potential effects of a “no deal” Brexit. The note “explains to state aid givers and beneficiaries how the state aid rules will apply in the United Kingdom in the unlikely event that the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no agreement in place.”

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Experts on Brexit - Food & Drink

Brexit preparations are taking place in businesses across all sectors of the Scottish economy, and those in the food & drink sector are no different. In fact, with issues such as exports, the future workforce, protection for geographical indicators and grants for farming & agriculture to be finalised, the effects could be widely felt.

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Brexit – Workplace rights if no deal

You will have all seen in the press yesterday that the Government has begun issuing its guidance for business on how to prepare in the event that the UK leaves the EU on 29 March without a deal. Among the press noise is a short guidance note on workplace rights.

The note covers all workplace rights including the Working Time Regulations and TUPE, but does not cover immigration.

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Is there a standard Brexit clause I can put in my contract?

Last week I was asked: “Is there a standard Brexit clause I can put in my contract?”  Perhaps they were rattled by the recent headline that the European Medicines Agency has attempted to break its lease at Canary Wharf on the basis that Brexit has “frustrated” its lease (since Brexit was not foreseeable when it was signed). Or perhaps they were concerned about a hard Brexit. Whatever the reason, in the coming months, I have no doubt that this question will be asked more often.

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Experts on Brexit

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UK Government’s Brexit White Paper: from the perspective of Scottish businesses

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Within an hour of MPs in the House of Commons receiving the UK Government’s Brexit White Paper setting out its negotiating position, the Secretary of State for Scotland engaged proactively with a roundtable discussion with Scottish business and industry body leaders, hosted by the Law Society of Scotland.

Given the Brexit interventions of President Trump, a “fasten seatbelts” sign was issued to warn Scottish business leaders that political turbulence was inevitable.

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Withdrawal Bill vs Continuity Bill

Repatriating the EU rules governing 153 separate policy areas (which include many devolved areas such as farming, fishing, health and the environment) was always going to cause friction between Westminster and the devolved governments in the UK.  So not surprisingly no agreement has been reached on the division of returning powers between Westminster and Holyrood.

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IP And Brexit - Are We On The Cliff Edge Of A Fashion Nightmare?

A report into the implications Brexit may have on the UK’s intellectual property industry paints a bleak picture. 

The authors of the report, the Alliance for Intellectual Property, are a UK-based coalition of 20 organisations with an interest in ensuring intellectual property rights receive the protection they need and deserve.  The report highlights a number of areas in which they say “urgent attention” is required by the Government to avoid certain “cliff edge” risks from occurring.    

The Alliance has taken some encouragement from the fac

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