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The EU-27 member states have been very carefully observing the UK domestic political manoeuvering and posturing this year. The predominant view in the EU-27 is that a managed “deal” scenario is far more preferable to a potentially chaotic “no-deal”. At the same time, precautions have been taken to prepare for a “no-deal” scenario. The EU-27 are not willing to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement for fear of neverending negotiations with the UK. They have instead pointed…
On Wednesday 25 April, the EU Commission unveiled a new strategy to boost Europe’s capabilities and related industries around artificial intelligence. As you know, this is a “hot topic” that has the potential to affect many businesses and sectors across Europe and beyond. Many of our clients are very interested in this technology development (and its implications) and we are well placed to advise clients on related legal, regulatory and policy challenges. Our US colleagues…
On 25 April 2018, the European Commission (EC) issued a Communication on enabling the digital transformation of healthcare, outlining the European Union’s (EU) priorities and actions towards digital health. The EU’s plan focuses on the following core priorities: Ensuring citizens’ access to their health data and introducing the possibility to share their data across borders; Promoting the usage of larger data sets to enable more personalized diagnoses and medical treatment, and better anticipate epidemics; Promoting…
On 8 March 2018, the European Commission (EC) published its long-awaited new FinTech Action Plan. The EC understands FinTech to be technology-enabled innovation in financial services, and the strategy covers developments related to new technologies which are changing the financial industry and the way consumers and firms access services. At the same time, the action plan also covers related challenges, such as cyber threats, and proposes the assessment of innovative technologies, such as blockchain, cryptocurrencies…
By judgment of 24 January 2017, the Supreme Court has dismissed the government’s appeal against the Divisional Court’s judgment in R (on the application of Miller & Dos Santos) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. The court has held that parliamentary authority in the form of an Act of Parliament is required for the government to serve notice, under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on the European Union, of the UK’s intention…
Once the UK Government has handed in to the European Council the notice pursuant to Article 50 (2) of the Treaty on European Union (“TEU”), the exit process provided for in Article 50 TEU will be started and the UK and the EU enter into negotiations in respect of a Withdrawal Agreement and one or more agreements on the future relationship (Future Relationship Agreements) between the UK and EU. The UK would cease to be…
A View from Brussels As the 23 June date for the British referendum about its future in the European Union (EU) comes closer, the EU political leadership in Brussels remains uncertain how best to support the ‘Bremain’ forces in order to avoid the embarrassing and damaging departure of one of its largest and strongest members. None of the political leaders in Brussels or in other EU capitals want to see the UK leave, but they have…
Uncertainty and Cautiousness As the 23 June date for the British referendum about its future in the European Union (EU) comes closer, the EU political leadership in Brussels remains uncertain how best to support the ‘Bremain’ forces in order to avoid the embarrassing and damaging departure of one of its largest and strongest members. None of the political leaders in Brussels or in other EU capitals want to see the UK leave, but they have…