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EU Exit Preparations

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Published communications from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) indicate the proposed EU Exit readiness activities considered necessary in preparation for leaving the EU.

  • Delivery of a new national import control system for animals, animal products and high risk food and feed. Scheduled to commence building: mid-January 2018
  • Delivery of new IT capability to enable registration and regulation of chemical substances placed on the UK market. Scheduled to commence building: February 2018
  • Delivery of systems for the licensing and marketing of veterinary medicines. Scheduled to commence building: end-January 2018.
  • Development of a new catch certificate system for UK fish and fish products being exported to the EU on Exit. Scheduled to commence: building end-January 2018.
  • Development of a UK system to manage the quota of fluorinated gases and ozone depleting substances required under the UN Montreal Protocol. Scheduled to commence: March 2018
  • Development of data exchange arrangements to identify the movement of EU and third country vessels in UK waters and the movement of UK vessels in EU or third country waters. Scheduled to commence: April 2018.


European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 3rd Reading

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The EU (Withdrawal) Bill continued its long and arduous journey through Parliament entering the 3rd Reading and Report Stage on the 16 January 2018 and continuing on 17 January 2018.

The Government won all the votes taken on various amendments proposed during the debate’s

3rd reading: First Day: House of Commons

3rd reading: Second Day: House of Commons

Finally, the Bill was was put to a vote on the 3rd Reading of the Bill and passed.

Next Stage

The Bill is now sent to the House of Lords for scrutiny and debate. The first reading by the House of Lords was completed on 18 January 2018.

The second reading is due to be held on 30-31 January 2018 before entering the Committee Stage in the House of Lords.

Bill documents — European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19

Bill as introduced to the House of Lords

Upcoming dates

Committee Stage, House of Lords, 21.02.18
Committee Stage, House of Lords, 26.02.18
Committee Stage, House of Lords, 28.02.18
Committee Stage, House of Lords, 05.03.18
Committee Stage, House of Lords, 07.03.18
Committee Stage, House of Lords, 12.03.18
Committee Stage, House of Lords, 14.03.18
Committee Stage, House of Lords, 19.03.18
Committee Stage, House of Lords, 21.03.18
Committee Stage, House of Lords, 26.03.18

A Deep and Special Partnership (Germany)

A deep and special partnership is a joint article by Philip Hammond and David Davis that appeared in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on 10 January 2018.

Today (10 January 2018) we’re both in Germany to highlight the important relationship that exists between our countries.

It’s a relationship built on shared interests and shared values, that has helped both our nations prosper and grow.

And while the UK will leave the EU next year, we can still look to the future with a shared vision — one that sees Germany, Britain and the EU continue to thrive, and our relationship remain strong and close.

Trade between the UK and EU 27 is worth €750 billion a year — and a quarter of EU exports to Britain, worth €113 billion, come from Germany, more than any other EU country.

Of course we understand that Germany and other EU countries want to protect the integrity of the single market, and that without all the obligations of EU membership third countries cannot have all the benefits.

Those priorities are not inconsistent with ours — a deep and special partnership with our closest trading partners and allies.

Speech by Michel Barnier 09 January 2018

Speech by Michel Barnier at the Trends Manager of the Year 2017 event in Brussels

Prime Minister,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Allow me in turn to wish you all the best for this new year.

2018 will be a decisive year for the negotiations that I am leading and for many of your businesses. Charles Michel is well aware of this and I would like to personally thank him, and his government, for his vigilant support and his personal confidence in these negotiations. I would also like to thank the Roularta group and the editors of Trends and Trends-Tendances for inviting me to speak here. And I’m happy to be doing so in Belgium, which has long had close commercial and political ties with the United Kingdom.

There was a time when England’s prosperity depended on the wool trade, particularly with Flanders. A reduction in the supply of English or Scottish wool yarn could threaten the jobs of thousands of Flemish artisans. And some centuries later, it was an Englishman, William Cockerill, who imported the first machines for spinning wool to Verviers, in 1799, and then the steam engine to Seraing, making Liège the starting point for the industrial revolution on the Continent.

Today the UK is still an important partner for your country, representing 7 % of Belgian trade in goods.

But, at the same time, 61 % of your trade is with the other Member States of the European Union. Almost 10 times more! What makes our European economies strong is the Single Market. The British know this well, since it was the main reason why they joined the EEC in 1972.

Trade Bills

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Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill

The Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill passed it’s Second Reading on Monday 8 January 2018 in the House of Commons and is currently at the Committee Stage in a Public Bill Committee. This stage is scheduled to conclude by Thursday 1 February 2018

A Public Bill Committee (PBC) is a committee set up by the House of Commons to examine the details of a particular Bill. All Bills, other than Money Bills, are automatically sent to a Public Bill Committee following their second reading unless they are committed to a committee of the Whole House. The composition of the committees must match the size of the parties in the House.

Summary of the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill 2017-19

A Bill to impose and regulate a duty of customs by reference to the importation of goods into the United Kingdom; to confer a power to impose and regulate a duty of customs by reference to the export of goods from the United Kingdom; to make other provision in relation to any duty of customs in connection with the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU; to amend the law relating to value added tax, and the law relating to any excise duty on goods, in connection with that withdrawal; and for connected purposes.

Bill 128 2017-2019 (as introduced) (pdf)

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Bill documents — Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill 2017-19

Trade Bill 2017-19

The Trade Bill 2017-19 was introduced to the House of Commons and given its First Reading on Tuesday 7 November 2017. The Bill then passed its second reading on Tuesday 9 January 2018 and is currently undergoig scrutiny in a Public Bill Committee. This stage is scheduled to conclude by Thursday 1 February 2018

Summary of the Trade Bill 2017-19

Make provision about the implementation of international trade agreements; to make provision establishing the Trade Remedies Authority and conferring functions on it; and to make provision about the collection and disclosure of information relating to trade.

Bill 122 2017-19 (as introduced) (pdf)

Trade Bill

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Bill documents — Trade Bill 2017-19