Brexit

Brexit

On 23 June 2016, the British public voted to leave the European Union (EU) with a 51.9% vote to “Leave” the EU against 48.1% to “Remain”. The outcome of the referendum for British exit, or “Brexit”, from the EU will have a significant impact across the EU. 

Brexit Team

Our team of Ropes & Gray attorneys is ready to collaborate with clients to identify the key implications of Brexit and advise on the potential risks and opportunities for your business. We have established a global Brexit focus group led by Mike Goetz that is focused on monitoring the progress of the Brexit negotiations as they continue to unfold and assess the potential implications for our clients worldwide, including identifying methods in which to assist with mitigating or making the most of the opportunities that may arise.

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EU Legislation

  • Treaty of Lisbon
    • Signed - 13/12/2007
    • Entered into force - 1/12/2009
    • Purpose - To make the EU more democratic, more efficient and better able to address global problems, such as climate change, with one voice. The Lisbon treaty clarifies which powers:

      • belong to the EU
      • belong to EU member countries
      • are shared
    • Article 50
    • European Parliament Briefing
  • Treaty of Amsterdam
    • Signed - 2/10/1997
    • Entered into force - 1/5/1999
    • Purpose - To reform the EU institutions in preparation for the arrival of future member countries.
  • Treaty on European Union – Maastricht Treaty
    • Signed - 7/2/1992
    • Entered into force - 1/11/1993
    • Purpose - To prepare for European Monetary Union and introduce elements of a political union (citizenship, common foreign and internal affairs policy).
      Full text of Treaty on European Union Single European Act Signed: 17 February 1986 (Luxembourg) / 28 February 1986 (The Hague)
      Entered into force: 1 July 1987
      Purpose - To reform the institutions in preparation for Portugal and Spain's membership and speed up decision-making in preparation for the single market.
  • Merger Treaty – Brussels Treaty
    • Signed - 8/4/1965
    • Entered into force - 1/7/1967
    • Purpose - To streamline the European institutions
  • Treaties of Rome: EEC
    • Signed - 25/3/1957
    • Entered into force - 1/1/1958
    • Purpose - To set up the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom).
  • Treaties of Rome
    • Signed - 25/3/1957
    • Entered into force - 1/1/1958
    • Purpose - To set up the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom).
  • Treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community
    • Signed - 18/4/1951
    • Entered into Force - 23/7/1952
    • Purpose - To create interdependence in coal and steel so that one country could no longer mobilise its armed forces without others knowing. This eased distrust and tensions after WWII. The ECSC treaty expired in 2002.