Judicial Cooperation in Civil Matters: Hard Brexit After All?

During the course of the morning, leaked versions of the draft Brexit treaty and accompanying documents started to appear on legal @twitter, only to be followed by the official publications by both the UK government and the EU Commission. I have now had an initial look at what the documents say regarding judicial cooperation in civil matters. Spoiler alert: Radio silence on this topic. Continue reading

Brexit Update: The UK’s Negotiation Strategy

UK Breixt Feb 2020Earlier this month, when the European Commission published its draft mandate for the Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom, I looked at what was in there regarding matters relevant to this blog, in particular at judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters. The European Commission’s paper was silent on these topics. Today, the U.K.’s equivalent has been published, and it contains a short paragraph on the topic: Continue reading

What Else Happened in January

Lugano and Brexit

The United Kingdom‘s plan to accede to the 2007 Lugano Convention post-Brexit appears to be on track. The UK Government announced that its intention to accede on 28 January 2020 (see here). The 2007 Lugano Convention is open to non-EU member states if all existing parties agree. The UK Government’s press release records that the UK has secured statements in support of it joining the 2007 Convention from Switzerland, Norway and Iceland. So now all that is required is to secure the consent of the EU to this course of action. Assuming that such consent can be secured, it is the intention of the UK Government to accede to the 2007 Convention at the end of the transition period (currently scheduled  for 23.00 GMT on 31 December 2020).

Photo: Robert Boyle, Occasional Reflections upon Several Subjects, 1665