France: Brexit: Troubled negotiations failed | What next?

02/01/2019

WE ARE ONLY TWO MONTHS AHEAD OF THE EXPIRY OF THE TWO-YEAR TIMEFRAME PROVIDED FOR BY ARTICLE 50 OF THE TREATY ON THE EUROPEAN UNION THAT WILL ENTAIL THE AUTOMATIC EXIT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION, UNLESS IF THIS TIMEFRAME IS EXTENDED OR IF AN AGREEMENT ON A TRANSITION PERIOD IS REACHED. FOLLOWING THE UK PARLIAMENT’S REJECTION OF THE WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT CONCLUDED IN BRUSSELS ON NOVEMBER 25, 2018, A NO-DEAL BREXIT SEEMS LESS AND LESS AVOIDABLE.

IN A LAW DATED JANUARY 19, 2019 AND PUBLISHED IN THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL ON JANUARY 20, 2019, THE FRENCH PARLIAMENT HAS JUST AUTHORIZED THE GOVERNMENT “TO TAKE MEASURES BY WAY OF ORDINANCES TO PREPARE FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM’S WITHDRAWAL FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION.”

Before briefly describing the ins and outs of this Law, it appears essential to recall the events that led to this imbroglio in order to fully grasp the issues at stake, both for the United Kingdom and for the other 27 Member States of the European Union.

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