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Retail, Food, and Hospitality Brexit round-up 16 December

20 December 2018
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We know that Brexit is one of the key issues you need to keep abreast of in order to plan for the future of your businesses. This dedicated weekly update will help you stay ahead.

Key take away this week

As many of us are getting ready for the Xmas break and the Xmas party season is in full swing, there is appears to be very little to celebrate on the Brexit front. Having survived a leadership challenge, PM May now has a further potential no-confidence vote to face and a deal that is looking increasingly less likely to be passed.  This week has also seen 'no deal' planning coming to the fore, the HMRC has started a social media campaign setting out what businesses should do to prepare and much more of this is to come before the Parliamentary vote in January. 


 As we have been saying for some time, the only option is to plan for the worst: Determining how your supply chain and business would operate in a no deal situation and having the contingencies in place. With just 100 days before we are due to leave, the time for waiting has long passed, now is the time for action.


Brexit developments

No.10 publish transcript of PM statement following EU Council meeting 14th December.  View >

Supreme Court rules against Scottish Government: In dealing with a joint reference by the Attorney General and Advocate General for Scotland on the question whether a Bill passed by the Scottish Parliament could change the UK EU Withdrawal Act the Supreme Court has ruled that this is not within the competence of the Scottish Parliament.  View >

Data protection under a no- deal Brexit: The Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport has published guidance for business. View >


Trade developments:

  • The Department for International Trade has welcomed the recent EU- Japan economic partnership agreement. View >
  • The Department for International Trade has published guidance in respect of the Trade Bill on devolution, continuity of trade agreements and the Trade Remedies Authority. View >
  • The UK has reached a transition trade agreement with Switzerland (subject to ratification by the parliaments of each country). View >

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