Government urged to uphold food standards

17 June 2020

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has added its voice to recent pressure urging the Government to keep its word on maintaining the UK’s high food standards.

UK and EU confirm their intention to press on for a trade deal

15 June 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has had his long-awaited summit meeting with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli.

UK confirms border controls in stages but no extension to transition period

12 June 2020

As we reported in Government likely to ease controls on EU imports, the Cabinet Office has confirmed that border controls for EU goods imported into Great Britain will be introduced at the end of transition period in stages. This will, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove said, give businesses affected by coronavirus more time to prepare.

Government likely to ease controls on EU imports

12 June 2020

Press reports suggest that plans to introduce import controls on EU goods at the border after the transition period ends on 31 December 2020 are being modified in the face of continued pressure from business and trade groups, who argue that they cannot be ready for such changes by the end of the year.

Furlough possible for returnees from family leave

11 June 2020

Parents on statutory maternity and paternity leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for the furlough scheme even after the 10 June cut-off date, the Treasury has announced. This also includes adoption, shared parental and parental bereavement leave.

UK and Japan start trade negotiations

10 June 2020

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and the Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Motegi Toshimitsu have launched talks on a UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Concerns that Covid-19 messages could crowd out preparation for Brexit transition

9 June 2020

The Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has expressed concerns that the Cabinet Office will not have the capability to successfully deliver campaign messages on preparations for the end of the Brexit transition period at the same time as delivering the major public health campaign on Covid-19, concluding that the campaign will crowd out messages on what needs to be done.