Brexit (British exit) describes the event of the UK effectively leaving the EU on the 31st of January and entering into a transition period ending on the 31st of December 2020, unless extraordinary circumstances cause an extension. The transition period  will mean that EU law, which impacts disputes with an EU/UK cross-border element will continue to apply. The entire negotiation will seek to agree on a framework for the future relationship between the UK and the EU. Failing to reach an agreement, and if there is no Future Relationship Agreement, EU law will cease to apply from the end of the transition period.

Transition Period

If the UK and EU find a way to agree on a Future Relationship Agreement that will provide a functioning framework for future disputes with a cross-border EU/UK element, it is safe to say that there is some measure of certainty for parties involved in these types of disputes, which otherwise would hardly be the case.


At the time of writing this, the EU and the UK are still in negotiations. In the event that the UK and the EU are unable to agree on a Future Relationship Agreement, the majority of EU legislation relating to cross-border disputes will disappear from the UK statute book. Aspects of litigation pertaining to disputes with an EU dimension will no longer have all the aspects of litigation that were in place before. Local advice will need to be in place and taken up on and LegalHero might be the right fit for you.

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