Implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol

22 May 2020

The Cabinet Office has published a paper, setting out the Government’s approach to implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol, by upholding Northern Ireland’s place in the UK while respecting the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.

UK’s future trading relationship with the US

21 May 2020

In sharp contrast to the gloomy reactions from both sides to the latest round of negotiations between the UK and the EU (see EU-UK trade talks in danger of delay), trade talks with the United States seem to have got off to a good start.

The privacy implications of workplace testing

20 May 2020

With the Government encouraging more people to return to work, assuming they are not among the group who can work from home, employers are having to think seriously about what measures they will need to ensure workplace safety.

EU-UK trade talks in danger of delay

18 May 2020

With public and media attention almost totally focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing trade talks between the UK and the European Union are getting little to no attention.

Warning on fake and unsuitable COVID-19 face masks

18 May 2020

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has warned that some manufacturers are selling medical face masks and other fake personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers using false certificates and that other A4-sized face shields, made in good faith by communities to help frontline workers, could be unsafe because they are too narrow.

London Congestion Charge and LEZ reinstated

18 May 2020

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that the Congestion Charge, Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and Low Emission Zone (LEZ) will be reinstated on Monday 18 May, “to prevent London’s roads from becoming unusably blocked”.

UK to start trade negotiations with Japan 

15 May 2020

Based on the existing EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the UK is seeking to conclude a similar trade deal with Japan and has published its negotiating objectives ahead of the planned beginning of talks.