02 Dec 2020

Understanding Brexit


Despite all the information available on Brexit, it is sometimes difficult to work out where we are in the process, what key documents are trying to achieve, and what common Brexit terms actually mean. This page steps back from the detail and gives an overview of the Brexit story (Snapshot), and how the future negotiation of a trade deal is expected to proceed (Timeline).

For the rolling updates on how Brexit is progressing refer to our Brexit blog, if there are any terms you don't understand, consult our glossary of Brexit terms and abbreviations (What Does it Mean?), or if you need to refer to original legislation or official reports and guidance, see Resources.  

For more detail on specific aspects of the Brexit process, and their legal and commercial implications, take a look at our Brexit briefings, the selection of articles at the bottom of the page or view our video on cross-border disputes. Alternatively please speak to one of our Brexit contacts.  

To put Brexit in context, see Deal Appeal, our recent report on domestic and international investor attitudes to the UK as a deal-making destination. This shows that while Brexit is clearly on people's minds  -  it emerged as the biggest risk of investing in the UK  -  it is far from a deal-breaker. 

Brexit blog Timeline Snapshot
Deal appeal Brexit briefings What does it mean
Recent articles Videos Resources


Brexit snapshot - The UK Internal Market Bill: the clash over State aid

Brexit snapshot - Brexit and competition law issues

Brexit snapshot - Brexit and immigration law issues

Brexit snapshot - Brexit and employment law issues

Brexit snapshot - Brexit and dispute resolution issues

Brexit snapshot - Where do we go from here?

Brexit snapshot - Brexit and long-term contracts

Brexit snapshot - Brexit and financial services

Brexit snapshot - Brexit and trade law issues

Brexit snapshot - Brexit and data protection issues

Brexit snapshot - Brexit and finance transactions


The following is a selection of articles that Stephenson Harwood has published on Brexit: 

2 December 2020 - Shipping COVID-19 vaccines

26 November 2020 - Sanctions in 2021: Brexit, Biden and the EU Blocking Regulation

17 October 2019 - Brexit - Revised Withdrawal Agreement/ revised Political Declaration issued

17 October 2019 - What impact would a no-deal Brexit have on rail finance?

12 August 2019 - New-build rolling stock in the Brexit era

2 May 2019  -  Jurisdiction of the English Courts over foreign disputes: how wide will the net now be cast? 

30 April 2019  -  Vedanta v Lungowe: a slipping of the anchor by the Supreme Court?

9 April 2019  -  Commercial and tech update - March 2019

28 March 2019  -  Data Protection update - March 2019

28 February 2019  -  Data Protection update - February 2019

14 February 2019  -  UK sanctions post-Brexit

11 February 2019  -  Happy new Regulations day! The 'Market Pillar' takes steps to open up the railways to competition

4 February 2019  -  Pensions snapshot - February 2019

31 January 2019  -  Data Protection update - January 2019
29 November 2018  -  Data Protection update - November 2018

6 November 2018  -  CMA's tough message - 'stop cartels'

29 October 2018  -  COT's top four commercial issues

1 October 2018  -  Data Protection update - September 2018

26 September 2018  -  What a "no deal" Brexit might mean for international litigation

1 August 2018  -  Data Protection update - July 2018

31 May 2018  -  Data Protection update - May 2018

29 March 2018  -  Data Protection update - March 2018

23 March 2018  -  Return to the deep freeze?

February 2018  -  Brexit: implications for rail rolling stock procurement, leasing and financing

2 January 2018  -  Brexit: What should the rail industry be doing now?

For further articles, search Insights



Catherine Clarke

Catherine Clarke
Brexit and central KM professional support lawyer

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