On Thursday 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.  On 29 March 2017, HM Government notified the E.U. of the decision to withdraw under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, and has begun to negotiate a withdrawal agreement that will structure their future relationship.

Areas of legal uncertainty of relevance to the wholesale financial markets have emerged during this process.  This page contains information about the FMLC's work to identify and analyse the legal issues resulting from Brexit—including updates from the High-Level Advisory Group set up to advise the Committee on its Brexit-related work—and links to relevant presentations and publications.  Announcements and reports are arranged in a timeline for eays access; click here for an uncurated list of all FMLC content related to Brexit.


Brexit: where we are now

The next stage of the Brexit process is anticipated to be the publication of [draft] statutory instruments by HM Government under the powers conferred to it by the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (once enacted) to enable the proper functioning of E.U. laws which have been transposed into the U.K. statute book (including any corrections to laws that would otherwise no longer operate appropriately once the U.K. has left the E.U.) It has been announced that a significant volume of secondary legislation will be published by HM Treasury in relation to the financial services and, as the end of the Article 50 notice period rapidly approaches, the timeline for any comment or consultation on these drafts is likely to be compressed.

As HM Government undertakes this substantial task over the next few months, the FMLC stands ready to respond speedily to any legal uncertainties which might arise. In its meeting on 31 May 2018, the Committee resolved to meet on an ad hoc basis—in addition to its scheduled bimonthly meetings—should the volume of the draft statutory instruments and gravity of the legal complexities require the Committee’s full attention. The FMLC is committed to ensuring legal certainty for the financial markets through and after the Brexit process and is keen to hear from market participants or representatives of HM Government where its contributions might have most impact.

To draw the Committee’s attention to an issue of legal uncertainty, please write to the Secretariat.

Brexit research/analysis timeline

January 31

Response to a call from the Treasury Select Committee

The FMLC responded to a call for written submissions by the Treasury Select Committee on transitional arrangements between the U.K. and E.U. in the event of Brexit.  Upon Brexit, the U.K...Read More
December 30

Beginning a paper on Third Country Regimes

The FMLC resolved to undertake work with a view to producing a paper on equivalence and similar third country regimes in European financial services regulation. In keeping with the FMLC’s..Read More
December 2

First Brexit report published

The FMLC’s first Brexit-related paper—entitled Issues of Legal Uncertainty Arising in the Context of the Withdrawal of the U.K. from the E.U.—the Application of English Law, the Jurisdiction of English Courts and..Read More
October 26

Brexit: Transition & Standstill

The FMLC’s High Level Advisory Group on Brexit met to discuss the future direction of the FMLC’s work on issues relating to the U.K.’s secession from the European Union. In..Read More
October 20

E.U. Insolvency Law Working Group

The FMLC established a working group to consider issues relating to applicable law, jurisdiction and recognition that hinge on the fate of the EC Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings (including as..Read More
September 22

Governing Law/Jurisdiction Working Group

The FMLC established a working group on English governing law and jurisdiction in commercial transactions and litigations. Professor Trevor Hartley of the London School of Economics chairs the working group...Read More
July 26

A High Level Advisory Group

A High Level Advisory Group on Brexit was convened by the FMLC Secretariat to offer guidance to the FMLC.   At the inaugural meeting, the Advisory Group made the following..Read More
July 20

After the Referendum…

The FMLC Secretariat explored the various relationship structures on which the U.K. might model its future relationship with the E.U.