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The Brexit Countdown Has Begun

Posted by Matt Springate

3/31/17 11:04 AM

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On March 29th, UK Prime Minister Theresa May sent a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk invoking Article 50 and providing formal notification that the UK will leave the European Union. The formal countdown clock is underway, and the UK and EU have two years to finalize the terms of the UK’s departure.

In reading the letter, there are a few statements that provide guidance on the potential future for customs legislation, as well as the trading relationship between the UK and EU.

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Brexit: Potential Trade Implications for EU & Global Businesses

Posted by Matt Springate

2/24/17 2:55 AM

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Since the Brexit referendum was held, the UK government has focused significant time and energy on establishing a negotiating position for the separation. The policy was outlined in an early February 2017 whitepaper entitled, “The United Kingdom’s Exit from and new partnership with the European Union.” While not delving into significant detail on the referendum’s impact on trade, nor the UK’s negotiating tactics, the policy document outlines the ultimate goals for the separation.

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The Three Brexiteers - Athos, Porthos, and Aramis Discuss Tariff Shift Rules

Posted by Matt Springate

9/29/16 10:30 AM

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A lot has happened since the June 24th referendum in the UK to leave the European Union. Surprisingly, there may be more uncertainty now than there was immediately following the vote three months ago.

We’ve since gotten a new Prime Minister, Theresa May, who has formed a government department to manage the negotiation process with the European Union - dubbed “The Three Brexiteers.” The principle architects for the Brexit negotiation are David Davis, the Secretary of State for Brexit; Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary; and Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary.

So, now that we have some clarity on who will be in charge of negotiating the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union, we should know how the process will unfold and what impact this will have on UK, European, and global businesses, right?

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Brexit over Breakfast

Posted by Matt Springate

6/24/16 11:30 AM

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I have come to quite enjoy the ‘Full English’ breakfast since moving to London last year. Packed with all the day’s calories and none of its nutrition, the full plate of eggs, bacon, hash browns, beans, and tomato has become a weekend favourite.

My breakfast on June 24th was a much more sensible choice of coffee and toast. However, it was made memorable by the Referendum results in Britain over whether or not we should stay in the European Union.

With all votes tallied, the United Kingdom had decided by referendum to leave the EU.

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Topics: Europe, Brexit