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My take on PM's Brexit Speech

The Prime Minister’s speech today was spot on and provided a lot of detail. It outlined a framework for a partnership agreement which is really the only viable path forward. If this was the final agreement I believe it would work for both the EU & UK.

Here’s my take on it:

Brexit Briefing No.27 – Detente on Defence and beyond?

We are less than a month away from the original deadline for the UK and the EU to seal the agreement on the transition period which will govern relations immediately after the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 & before the future trade agreement comes into force.

Brexit Briefing No.26 - Cultural Differences

The last few days have shown that, as reported in earlier Brexit Briefings, the transition period is far from a done deal, many compromises need to be agreed by both sides, and quite simply, it has never been done before, so it creates logistical and legal challenges for both sides.

Brexit Briefing No.25 - A Game of Cat and Mouse

Michel Barnier and David Davis met for the first time in person this year as the EU chief Negotiator visited London on Monday, itself an unusual occurrence as he has generally remained on the other side of the channel throughout the negotiations.

Dan welcomes an end to unfair price discrimination

In a speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 5 February, Dan welcomed a report which abolishes unjustified geo-blocking and price discrimination. These changes will lead to better service and lower prices for consumers.

Brexit Briefing No.24 - Transitioning

This was the week when both sides firmed up their positions ahead of the negotiations on the second phase of the Brexit talks - the transition period which will govern the UK-EU relationship from March 2019 for a minimum of 2 years and possibly for a little longer.

Could the UK join a Pacific trading block?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a new kind of trade deal between 11 countries all bordering the Pacific Ocean, a trade block which is actually more about trade than political integration.

Is your business prepared for the GDPR?

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May 2018. Businesses throughout the West Midlands will need to make changes to ensure compliance with the new data handling rules.