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    BREXIT: Michel Barnier will lead the EU’s new Brexit Phase-Two Task Force 

    In a shrewd move by the EU, Michel Barnier (the European Commission's Chief Brexit Negotiator) has been appointed to lead the new European Commission "taskforce". He will handle, among other issues, the second phase of the talks between the EU and the UK. 

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    Brexit: Pretend and Extend?

    On 19 October 2019, after a day in the House of Commons which the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson must have found frustrating (because the Meaningful Vote on his Revised Withdrawal Agreement did not take place), the Prime Minister sent an unsigned letter to the President of the European Council.

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    If there is a Brexit deal then what happens next?

    Let us assume that the negotiators in the “tunnel” agree a deal, then what happens next?

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    Vesatger 2.0 - The New European Competition Commissioner

    On 10 September 2019, the new European Commission President-Designate, Ursula von der Leyen, was widely expected to nominate the new - and 13th - European Commissioner for Competition Policy.

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    Is a No-Deal Brexit Inevitable?

    There is a great deal of commentary that a No-Deal Brexit (NDB) on 31 October 2019 is inevitable. While one cannot rule out the possibility, it is far from inevitable and definitely not a racing certainty.

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    Brexit and Ireland – Impact on UK service providers of leaving without a deal

    If the UK leaves the EU on 31 October 2019 without a deal, the UK will become a ‘third country’ to the EU. Trade with the EU would be based on the rules of WTO and in particular under the GATS.

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    Top Employer-related Brexit Queries

    Ireland has a unique position in the midst of the Brexit debate. Logistically for employers, Brexit has the potential to cause huge issues, particularly where employees' roles require frequent travel across the EU. We have set out the top five issues that Irish employers will face after Brexit

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    Expert Focus: Brexit, UK-REACH and the impact of regulating the use and supply of chemicals in Ireland

    31 October is the new date fixed in UK and EU law for the UK's departure from the bloc. At this stage, the terms remain unsettled. The Withdrawal Agreement, agreed in draft with the EU at the end of 2018, has now been rejected three times by the UK Parliament. EU leaders insist that, by 31 October, the UK must choose whether to ratify the exit treaty, opt for a no-deal Brexit or cancel its depa...

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    Brexit Update – The Current Status of the Common Travel Area

    When it comes to what the post-Brexit landscape will look like for employers with British employees on Irish soil (and vice versa), the question of immigration status remains high on the agenda.

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    Hard Brexit could cost Irish households up to €1,360 each annually

    Brexit will increase costs for businesses and, ultimately, prices for consumers. The question is by how much. “Prices will go up for three reasons: import customs duties, the cost of compliance and the risk of delays,” says Carol Lynch, partner BDO Customs and International Trade Services. The general feeling is that, combined, they will increase the cost of doing business by an average of 10...

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    Brexit raises question of who can voters trust

    Business leaders have emerged as clear voices in contrast to the bickering in Westminster Demonstrators supporting a British departure from the European Union, in London in June, 2016. Photograph: Adam Ferguson/The New York Times The backdrop to Brexit is an era of declining global trust, with disillusioned and disenfranchised voters causing shock election results, as well as angry protests b...

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    EU State Aid, Tax & Brexit

    On 2 April 2019, the European Commission adopted an interesting decision in regard to the UK's "Controlled Foreign Company" ("CFC") rules. The Commission decided that the rules were partly compatible and partially incompatible with EU State aid law. The case is interesting because it demonstrates that the EU State aid rules continue to apply in the UK notwithstanding its "intention" to leave the

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