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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.
 
After a year-long transition phase, the UK and the EU finally reached a trade agreement on 24 December 2020. 
 
Despite the agreement, a host of unresolved Brexit-related issues remain. Belgium is one of the countries most vulnerable to Brexit due to its strong trade links with the UK. What impact will Brexit have on your business?

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01/06/2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
13/01/2021
Bel­gian trans­ition­al re­gime for the UK in­sur­ance in­dustry
On 1 Janu­ary 2021, the Brexit trans­ition peri­od came to an end and the United King­dom (“UK”) of­fi­cially left the European Uni­on. The UK can now no longer en­joy the be­ne­fits of the in­tern­al mar­ket...
06/01/2021
Life after Brexit: an up­date on so­cial se­cur­ity co­ordin­a­tion
On 24 Decem­ber 2020, after months of ne­go­ti­ations, the United King­dom (“UK”) and the European Uni­on (“EU”) fi­nally reached a post-Brexit deal. The new agree­ment, the Trade and Co­oper­a­tion Agree­ment...
30/12/2020
Stock sav­ings plan and Brexit: Brit­ish stock and some oth­er fin­an­cial in­stru­ments...
As a res­ult of Brexit, both stock or UCITS by a Brit­ish is­suer are dis­qual­i­fied and some EU-based UCITS funds’ un­der­ly­ing Brit­ish fin­an­cial in­stru­ments may also be so. Such a dis­qual­i­fic­a­tion may lead...
18/09/2020
How will in­valid­ity of the Pri­vacy Shield and new rules for Stand­ard Con­trac­tu­al...
In a re­cent rul­ing, the EU Court of Justice struck down the EU-US Pri­vacy Shield and, though it ruled that stand­ard con­trac­tu­al clauses re­main val­id for trans­fers of per­son­al data out­side the EEA, in­ter­preted...
27/07/2020
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...
04/03/2020
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...
28/02/2020
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...
15/11/2019
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...
27/09/2019
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...
12/09/2019
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...
19/08/2019
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...