On December 10, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), in the case of Wightman and Others v. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, ruled that the notice of an intention to leave the European Union, once properly submitted, can be unilaterally revoked, rather than requiring the consent of all other EU Member States.
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On April 29, a Special European Council, meeting as 27 member states (as opposed to the full 28 member states, as would usually be present), adopted the Article 50 guidelines (Guidelines) to formally define the EU’s position in Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom. This follows the resolution of the European Parliament on key principles and conditions for the negotiations, adopted on April 5 (for further information, see the April 7 issue of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest).
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On April 18, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced her intention for a general election to be held on June 8. The announcement came three weeks after the March 29 submission by the United Kingdom of the “Article 50” notice to begin exit negotiations from the European Union (for further information see the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest edition of March 31, 2017).
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On March 29, the United Kingdom submitted its “Article 50 Notice” to begin its departure from the European Union in the form of a letter (Notice) from Prime Minister Theresa May to EU Council President Donald Tusk. The Notice marks the formal start of a two-year process of negotiations to exit the European Union. If negotiations are not completed within that timeframe, it can only be extended by unanimous consent of all remaining member states.
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On March 13, the UK Parliament passed the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (Bill). The Bill received Royal Assent on March 16.

During the course of debates on the Bill, the UK House of Lords had proposed two amendments, one relating to the rights of EU and European Economic Area (EEA) citizens legally resident in the United Kingdom, and the other to parliamentary approval on the final Brexit deal reached with the European Union.
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On December 15, 2016, the European Council (Council) published a statement (Statement) following an informal meeting of the heads of state and government of the 27 EU member states excluding the United Kingdom (EU 27), as well as the presidents of the Council and the European Commission (Commission).
Continue Reading Brexit Update: The EU Endorses Procedures for Negotiations With the UK

On December 12, the UK Treasury Committee (Committee) published a call for written submissions (Call) on transitional arrangements. The Call forms part of the Committee’s inquiry into the United Kingdom’s future economic relationship with the European Union, and seeks evidence on the possible relationships that the United Kingdom might pursue with the European Union and the practical consequences anticipated by individuals and businesses.
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Between December 5 and 8, the UK Supreme Court heard an appeal (Appeal) from the UK government (Government) with respect to R (on the application of Miller & Dos Santos) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
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On November 25, the UK Supreme Court published an update (Update) on its website concerning R (on the application of Miller & Dos Santos) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (the Article 50 “Brexit” case). The Update confirms that the UK Supreme Court had considered and determined the outcomes of further applications to intervene in the Article 50 “Brexit” case.
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