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In June 2016, the United Kingdom (“UK”) voted in a referendum to withdraw from the European Union (“EU”) (“Brexit”). After years of negotiation, the UK finally withdrew from the EU on 31 January 2020.

A transition phase has been foreseen until the end of 2020, during which the UK will continue to have access to the internal market and will participate in the customs union. Details of a trade agreement between the UK and the EU will have to be worked out during the 11-month transition period. Failing to reach an agreement, the UK faces the prospect of having to trade without an agreement in place.

Belgium is one of the countries most vulnerable to Brexit due to its strong trade links with the UK. Almost 9% of total exports from Belgium are destined for the UK and nearly 5% of Belgium’s total imports come from the UK. Brexit is about more than the potential for tariffs and customs procedures to be re-introduced. Significant regulatory issues may arise, new dispute settlement procedures are likely to be needed and the cost of doing business with the UK will rise.

The purpose of this website is to keep you well informed about the legal implications of the upcoming events.

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07/03/2019
Brexit for In­surers
27 July 2020
Pro­tec­tion for Designs in UK post Brexit
Since 2002, UK busi­nesses have been able to pro­tect their designs by vir­tue of both UK and EU design rights, con­fer­ring par­al­lel but slightly dif­fer­ing forms of pro­tec­tion. This art­icle con­siders the...
28/02/2019
Cross-bor­der mer­gers with a UK com­pany post-Brexit
Bri­tain is sched­uled to leave the EU – with or without a form­al exit deal – on 29 March 2019. It is there­fore likely that, after that date, there will be sig­ni­fic­ant leg­al im­plic­a­tions for busi­nesses with UK com­pan­ies in Bel­gi­um, al­though the ac­tu­al im­pac
04 March 2020
SCIP Data­base: a step for­ward for the cir­cu­lar eco­nomy
From 5 Janu­ary 2021, busi­nesses that sup­ply art­icles or com­plex ob­jects (products) con­tain­ing cer­tain haz­ard­ous sub­stances will have to sub­mit in­form­a­tion to a new data­base es­tab­lished by the European...
28 February 2020
UK/EU fin­an­cial ser­vices after Brexit -cross bor­der reg­u­la­tion after the...
On 25 Feb­ru­ary, the Coun­cil of the EU pub­lished the fi­nal ver­sion of its ne­go­ti­at­ing man­date and, two days later, the UK gov­ern­ment set out its ap­proach to our fu­ture re­la­tion­ship with the EU. Ne­go­ti­ations...
15 November 2019
Brexit and data pro­tec­tion: what to do next (when you don’t know what’s...
Whilst the threat of a no-deal Brexit has been aver­ted for now, the fu­ture is by no means cer­tain. We have high­lighted some of the key is­sues for UK-based or­gan­isa­tions, and the EEA or­gan­isa­tions that...
27 September 2019
Fin­an­cial as­sist­ance to Mem­ber States and European un­der­tak­ings in the...
Brexit without an agree­ment would have im­port­ant con­sequences for the eco­nomy, the la­bour mar­ket and pub­lic fin­ances in the Mem­ber States that have par­tic­u­larly close trade and fin­an­cial re­la­tions with...
12 September 2019
UK food and cos­met­ic pro­du­cers to the EU to face new reg­u­la­tions after...
As Brexit draws near­er and with the like­li­hood of an un­reg­u­lated exit still not off the table, EU-27 com­pan­ies im­port­ing or selling food or cos­met­ics from Great Bri­tain face li­ab­il­ity risks if they con­tin­ue...
19 August 2019
The ins and outs of Brexit – em­ploy­ment and tax as­pects
As the Brexit pro­cess ap­proaches its ex­ten­ded 31 Oc­to­ber 2019 dead­line, UK and EU com­pan­ies and their em­ploy­ees are fo­cus­ing on the key em­ploy­ment law and tax ques­tions that will shape busi­ness and the...
29 May 2019
Brexit: don't for­get to ne­go­ti­ate the dis­pute res­ol­u­tion clause!
The post­pone­ment of Brexit pro­longs the sus­pense con­cern­ing the fu­ture co­oper­a­tion between the European Uni­on (EU) and the United King­dom (UK). Un­cer­tainty re­gard­ing re­cog­ni­tion and en­force­ment of judg­ments...
21 March 2019
Mer­gers to be con­trolled in both Brus­sels and Lon­don in case of no-deal...
In a UK par­lia­ment­ary vote on March 14, MPs voted to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit and re­jec­ted the idea of leav­ing the EU without a deal un­der any cir­cum­stances. However, the EU is not ob­liged to...
21 March 2019
EU and Bel­gi­um pass laws pro­tect­ing UK ex­pat and EU cit­izen's rights post-Brexit
In a bid to tackle the con­sequences of a pos­sible Hard Brexit on EU na­tion­als liv­ing in the UK and UK na­tion­als liv­ing on the con­tin­ent, on 22 Feb­ru­ary 2019 the Com­mit­tee of Per­man­ent Rep­res­ent­at­ives...