Brexit has caused a fair degree of uncertainty in the food and drink sector in respect of the changing legal framework, financial implications and practical consequences that may result from the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.
Two months on from the result, anyone assessing Brexit impact has to admit that in truth “it’s too soon to say”.
For higher and further education in Scotland, however, there seems to be little, if any, anticipated benefit, and much potential harm. Obviously, until actual exit (terms unknown) the status quo, strictly speaking, applies. The sector is taking little comfort from that, as various bodies have made clear.
It has been little under two months since the ‘leave vote’ was cast by the British people to remove the UK from the European Union (EU) and the single market. Serious questions and considerations are being posed by legal and environmental commentators as to what effect this will have on the legal landscape the UK now finds itself in.
There has been much commentary and speculation on the potential impact on intellectual property rights following the UK’s decision to leave the EU. To help inform the debate the UK Intellectual Property Office has recently published a guide on the future of UK intellectual property (IP) laws following the Brexit vote.
One of the fundamentals of UK energy policy is that it has to strike a balance between price, security and decarbonisation. Whatever happens next, the UK (and Scottish) governments will be driven by these key policy planks.
There are many questions following upon the Brexit Referendum – not just political and economic, but legal. The Referendum has no immediate legal effect. The UK (and therefore Scotland) will remain part of the EU, and subject to EU law, until at least two years following the trigger of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Nevertheless, the UK Government now faces the considerable challenge of extracting the UK from the European legal regime.