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EU Warns of “Fair Playing Field” Requirement for Free Trade Agreement with UK Post-Brexit

10 Dec 2019

On 6 December 2019, the new EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan shed a note of optimism during a speech, by claiming that many aspects of a free trade agreement with the UK may be negotiated relatively q...Read More

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EU Adopts Two New Regulations Regulating the Use of Certain Substances in Cosmetic Products

29 Nov 2019

On 27 November 2019, two new Regulations entered into force, amending the EU’s framework legislation, Regulation 1223/2009 on cosmetic products. The new legislation was adopted pursuant to new opinion...Read More

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EU Singapore Free Trade Agreement Enters into Force on 21 November 2019

21 Nov 2019

On 14 November 2019, the Official Journal published a Notice concerning the date of entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement (“FTA”) between the EU and Singapore. The Notice states, simply, that t...Read More

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Mainland China and EU Conclude Negotiations over Landmark Agreement for Protection of Geographical Indications

14 Nov 2019

On 6 November 2019, the European Commission (“Commission”) announced the conclusion of negotiations for a Bilateral Landmark Agreement (“Agreement”) between mainland China and the EU for the reciproca...Read More

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New Brexit Date Set for 31 January 2020, with UK Elections to Take Place on 12 December 2019

31 Oct 2019

After being forced to break his pledge to bring the UK out of the EU by 31 October 2019, the UK Prime Minister was obliged to accept an extension to Brexit until 31 January 2020. In response to this, ...Read More

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Latest list of European Standards under General Product Safety Law is Published

29 Oct 2019

The Official Journal has published Commission Implementing Decision 2019/1698 on European standards for products that have been drafted in support of the EU Directive on “general product safety” (Dire...Read More

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Details Published on New Database for Chemicals of Concern in Consumer Goods

28 Oct 2019

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a 15-page document entitled “detailed information requirements for the SCIP database”. From 5 January 2021, companies, including Hong Kong suppliers,...Read More

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Brexit: UK Parliament Votes to Approve Deal Reached by EU and UK but Rejects Timetable to Leave by 31 October 2019

24 Oct 2019

The UK and the EU managed to reach a new deal, the UK Prime Minister reluctantly sent a letter to the EU requesting an extension to Brexit, and UK MPs voted to allow the legislation on the Withdrawal ...Read More

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Official Guidelines Published on Interpretation and Application of EU Law on Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts

21 Oct 2019

The European Commission has published its Guidance Notice on the interpretation and application of Council Directive 93/13/EEC on unfair terms in consumer contracts (“the UCTD”) which aims to protect ...Read More

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European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen to Push for Ambitious Carbon Border Tax

21 Oct 2019

As recently reported, future European Commissioners have expressed an interest for putting into place a “carbon border tax”, which is understood to be among their top policy priorities. Hong Kong trad...Read More

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UK to Grant 88% of Imports Tariff-free in Case of No-deal Exit

17 Oct 2019

On 8 October 2019, the UK Treasury and Department for International Trade – as part of the UK’s no-deal preparations – published an update to the UK’s temporary tariff regime that is intended to be pu...Read More

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Phil Hogan Obtains Parliamentary Committee Approval as EU Trade Commissioner After Presenting Robust Views

10 Oct 2019

On 30 September 2019, following a parliamentary vetting process held in the Trade Committee of the European Parliament, Phil Hogan obtained preliminary approval to become the EU’s new Trade Commission...Read More

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Brexit: PM Johnson Unveils New Proposals in Attempt to Secure Deal and Break Deadlock with EU

8 Oct 2019

On 2 October 2019, Prime Minister Boris Johnson put forward new (in his words) “constructive and reasonable proposals which provide a compromise for both sides” in an attempt to break the long-running...Read More

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Brexit: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Prorogation of Parliament Found Unlawful by Supreme Court

26 Sept 2019

In a landmark judgement, the UK Supreme Court has ruled on 24 September 2019 that the decision to prorogue (suspend) the UK Parliament was unlawful, throwing the departure of the UK from the EU into d...Read More

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Brexit: Regulatory Challenges Faced by UK and EU-27 Companies in the Field of Chemicals Law

24 Sept 2019

Should the UK leave the EU by the currently foreseen deadline of 31 October 2019 without a withdrawal agreement in place, the EU’s laws will stop applying to UK-based establishments. This will be the ...Read More

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Brexit: EU Commission Publishes Preparedness Notice in the Field of Cosmetics

13 Sept 2019

The EU and Member States are preparing for Brexit and encourage stakeholders to do so as well. The European Commission recently published a preparedness notice for the cosmetics industry laying out th...Read More

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As Boris Johnson Suffers Sixth Parliamentary Defeat in Record Time, UK Parliament Is Suspended

11 Sept 2019

It will come as no surprise to Hong Kong readers that the UK’s MPs have once more rejected Boris Johnson's attempts for a snap election to be held before the end of October 2019. On 9 September 2019, ...Read More

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Snap Election Sought by UK Prime Minister After UK Parliament Votes to Avert No-deal Brexit

5 Sept 2019

Faced with the suspension of the UK parliament for five weeks in the months of September and October, British MPs voted on 3 September to take control of the parliamentary timetable. This paves the wa...Read More

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Businesses Involved in Trade of Consumer Goods with EU Face Important Legal Repercussions Ahead of a No-deal Brexit

30 Aug 2019

In light of the approaching withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, Hong Kong traders might be concerned by the existing lack of agreement between the EU and the UK over the conseque...Read More

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UK Parliament to Be Suspended in Shocking Move Engendered by UK Prime Minister

29 Aug 2019

In a shocking but not wholly unexpected twist to the raging Brexit saga, the UK government has made arrangements on 28 August 2019 for the suspension of the UK’s parliament for five weeks. This period...Read More

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