(Hard) Brexit: Euro­pean Eco­no­mic Area and pro­duct requi­re­ments: what now?


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The United King­dom has left the EU and the tran­si­ti­on peri­od expi­res at the end of the year with no sign of a sub­se­quent agree­ment. For many com­pa­nies, this uncer­tain­ty poses a con­sidera­ble risk, one which needs to be mini­mi­zed. We would the­r­e­fo­re like to offer an online semi­nar at which we will explain the basic ele­ments of the legal situa­ti­on in gene­ral, with a par­ti­cu­lar focus on con­trac­tu­al agree­ments with UK busi­ness part­ners and regu­la­to­ry requi­re­ments for products.

Even in times of cri­sis due to a glo­bal pan­de­mic, pro­blems do not sim­ply vanish into thin air. Brexit is a text­book exam­p­le of this; an extre­me­ly worri­so­me one, in fact. The tran­si­ti­on peri­od defi­ned in the With­dra­wal Agree­ment fol­lo­wing the UK’s exit from the EU will expi­re on 31 Decem­ber 2020. This peri­od can no lon­ger be exten­ded, as such an exten­si­on would have requi­red an agree­ment bet­ween the UK and the EU and the UK has allo­wed the dead­line for such an agree­ment to expi­re. Accor­din­gly, as of 1 Janu­ary 2021, the United King­dom will no lon­ger be part of the sin­gle mar­ket and cus­toms uni­on. An agree­ment about what hap­pens then beco­mes less likely with each pas­sing day: a hard Brexit looms.

This situa­ti­on rai­ses many ques­ti­ons for manu­fac­tu­r­ers, importers and dis­tri­bu­tors. In the semi­nar, Inter­tek Con­su­mer Goods and reusch­law Legal Con­sul­tants will exami­ne key aspects of the legal situa­ti­on with regard to regu­la­to­ry requi­re­ments for pro­ducts and dis­tri­bu­ti­on, with an eye towards exis­ting trade rela­ti­ons and con­trac­tu­al agree­ments to that effect. Ano­ther focus of the semi­nar, one which has been sel­dom dis­cus­sed to date, will be the role play­ed by the Euro­pean Eco­no­mic Area (EEA), from which the UK has not yet express­ly withdrawn.



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