The 2017 General Election campaign is up and running. There are strict rules on campaign spending by non-political parties during the 365 days leading up to a General Election, which apply retrospectively back to 9 June 2016 until 8 June 2017. With businesses engaging with the British public about important political issues like never before,
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has today announced that she intends to trigger a General Election to take place on 8 June 2017. The announcement is the latest unexpected twist in an unpredictable 12 months in British politics. What does this surprise development mean for the Brexit process? Read the full blog here.
The Brexit process gets officially underway this week when the UK formally notifies the European Council of its intention to withdraw from the EU on 29 March 2017. The road ahead is untested and uncertain, as the UK will be the first EU Member State ever to leave the Union. Hogan Lovells will be hosting
UK Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, has stated in a Health Select Committee meeting that he does not expect the UK to remain part of the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) or the EU medicines regulatory framework post-Brexit, but that the UK should seek a very close working relationship with the EMA and the
The Internet of Things (“IoT”) connects markets and supply chains around the world. Industry, governments and consumers around the world are embracing IoT technologies to improve research and public policy, to accelerate service delivery and to monitor global development programs across healthcare, agriculture, natural resource management, climate, and energy sectors. Industry experts project that between
Many digital platforms attract consumers and businesses on a global basis. It is a challenge for national regulators to enforce competition law and other regulatory provisions against such international players. Germany´s Federal Minister of Justice, Heiko Maas, argued in a similar way in an interview with the German newspaper Handelsblatt on 5 October 2016.
The stage is set for the Euro-drama of our time. We know that giving effect to the UK’s vote for Brexit could require as many as four sets of distinct but closely linked negotiations, or “acts”, dealing with the terms of: the UK’s withdrawal from the EU; the UK’s future relationship with the EU after
The new May Government has now been fully established and has begun getting to work. Judging by last week’s notable developments, foreign affairs is top of the agenda. Brexit diplomacy: Good cop, bad cop? The Prime Minister made her first official visits to Germany and France last week to meet Angela Merkel and François Hollande.
Following on from last week’s comments from Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker about when the EU expects the UK to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union, comments by British officials in the last week have shed further light on the road to Brexit ahead. What are the UK’s “constitutional requirements” for
Today marks twelve days since the UK voted to leave the European Union. We examine below what we have learnt about what lies ahead, as the dust is settling in Brussels and in Westminster. ARTICLE 50 A deliberate act Several aspects of Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union (“Article 50” and “TEU“)
After the UK Brexit referendum of 23 June the implications on the political, economic and legal relations between the UK and the EU have been discussed from many angles. But what about one of the main pillars for the successful integration of the European Single Market: State aid law? Does the end of EU membership
The High Court has rejected a legal challenge to legislation excluding British citizens who have lived abroad for more than 15 years from voting in the EU Referendum. The British expat Claimants, who had lived in other EU member states for over 15 years, claimed that the EU Referendum Act 2015 breached their rights to
One of the surprises in Theresa May’s comments yesterday was the distinction she drew between the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights – making clear that, in her view, it was the latter that was the greater cause for concern in the sphere of national security. All too often, no such distinction
What’s the issue? Statutory restrictions on referendum campaign spending come into effect on Friday, 15 April 2016. Whether or not your business has taken, or intends to take, a public stance on Brexit, you will need to manage the risk of inadvertently falling foul of the rules, even when operating on a business as usual