• UK, EU spell trouble for trading partners with tariff quotas unchanged in a no-deal Brexit
    01 March 2019
    The US, New Zealand, Brazil and other major exporting countries would have to compete with EU producers for preferential access to the UK for sensitive products subject to import quotas under a no-deal Brexit scenario, MLex has learned. They would also face strong competition from UK producers in exporting such goods to the EU.

    The EU-UK deal on the post-Brexit split of tariff-rate quotas doesn’t foresee any additional quota allocations for the bilateral trade between the two in the most sensitive goods.

    To benefit from preferential tariffs, the EU and the UK exporters will therefore need to use the “erga omnes” quotas, which are accessible by all other countries.

    By Zosia Wanat, Joanna Sopinska and Poppy Carnell.

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  • UK secures post-Brexit state-procurement access, but risks month-long limbo
    27 February 2019
    The UK has secured its future membership of a 46-country trade pact on state-procurement markets, though a no-deal Brexit could leave Britain out of the accord for about a month because of the time needed for approvals.

    Members of the Government Procurement Agreement committee at the World Trade Organization today approved the terms of the UK’s future accession, the UK government said in a statement.

    The agreement regulates state procurement of goods and services. It is signed by 19 WTO members, with the EU as one party representing its 28 member countries. The UK wants to rejoin the agreement as an independent country after Brexit.

    By Zosia Wanat.

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  • Brits could get unified EU-residency rights under no-deal Brexit
    15 January 2019
    The rights of British citizens living in the EU after a no-deal Brexit could be decided by the European Commission rather than by national governments, MLex has learned.

    The commission has asked governments to consider renouncing their powers over residency rights, MLex understands, to prevent inconsistencies that could harden the UK’s stance toward EU citizens in a no-deal scenario.

    National representatives will have a chance to comment on the proposal at a meeting on this issue scheduled for Wednesday. Residency rights for non-EU nationals are generally the business of each national government, not the commission.

    By Zosia Wanat.

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  • Deal or no deal, EU will seek competition and state-aid clamps on UK
    02 January 2019
    A no-deal Brexit won’t bring the freedoms that some UK lawmakers imagine.

    Should the UK end up exiting the bloc without a divorce agreement in place on March 29, the European Commission is ready to halt trucks and ground flights if it subsequently breaks from the bloc’s state-aid and competition rulebooks.

    The conditions are set out in a communication on the bloc’s no-deal planning published just before Christmas.

    By Matthew Holehouse.

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  • UK's call for help on Brexit impasse leaves EU diplomats scratching heads
    12 December 2018
    EU diplomats have no answers on how they could possibly help UK Prime Minister Theresa May to get the Brexit deal through the UK parliament, as they stressed today that reopening the negotiations is not on the table.

    Brexit was never meant to be on the agenda of a gathering of EU leaders in Brussels this week, after heads of government sealed the terms of the UK’s withdrawal at a summit last month. But deadlock in London has turned it into one of the most important points of tomorrow’s meeting.

    This evening, May will learn if she is to keep her job in a ballot of her party’s lawmakers, following a challenge attempting to derail her Brexit deal. May pulled a scheduled vote of lawmakers on the terms of withdrawal this week amid severe opposition. She’s now looking for “reassurance” from the EU that the backstop intended to prevent a hard border with Ireland won’t be a permanent resting place.

    By Zosia Wanat.

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