(Hard) Brexit: European Economic Area and product requirements: what now?
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discussed to date, will be the role played by the European Economic Area (EEA), from which the UK has not yet expressly withdrawn.
- Daniel Wuhrmann, Team Leader Automotive, reuschlaw Legal Consultants
- Roland Heine, Head of Certification, Intertek Deutschland GmbH
Register here. Attendance is free of charge, but space is limited.