Having finally left the European Union, the UK has two top priorities: to negotiate free trade deals with the EU and the United States by the end of the year. The UK has a breathing space until then, in effect continuing to operate as though it is still in the EU. But on January 1, 2021 it will overnight be fully outside the EU. Its trade relationships will then be on the basis of whatever deals it has managed to secure in the very short time available. Where deals are not in place, the UK will default to the basic terms established by the World Trade Organization.

For businesses trading with the UK, and particularly for those with operations based in the UK or the EU, there will be significant changes. Some of these are already clear, others are currently hard to predict, and all are complex and potentially costly. Businesses that understand the issues and the likely outcomes, and take early steps to prepare, will be best positioned to manage the risks and to seize the opportunities that Brexit will create.

In this webinar, we will consider these key topics in practical terms:

  • The strategic context
  • The three potential outcomes
  • The timetable for 2020
  • Implications for UK/EU sanctions regimes and export licensing
  • Regulations: product certifications, ‘level playing field’ provisions
  • Customs: tariffs, declarations, special procedures
  • Trade in services and related issues: market access, visas, data protection, IP
  • Practical steps to prepare now

This webinar will provide PowerPoint slides and include live video and commentary from Richard Tauwhare, a UK expert who brings over 40 years of experience to his clients as a senior foreign service official, consultant and trainer.

Who should attend:

Those trading particularly, but not only, in defense or dual-use items and who are:

  • US or other non-EU businesses that trade with the UK;
  • US or other non-EU businesses with operations based in the UK or the EU, that trade between them; and
  • UK or EU businesses that trade between them.

Webinar participants are invited to submit questions during the webinar; the final 30 minutes of the webinar will be allotted to answering attendees’ questions. Each registrant will receive a copy of the presentation, certificate of completion, and access to the webinar recording. Register even if you cannot attend; we will send you access to the webinar recording along with a copy of the presentation!


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