Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to United Kingdom as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

United Kingdom: Brexit extension

The EU Council has formally accepted the “flextension” of the UK Brexit deadline …

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United Kingdom: Ongoing compliance obligations

Since the simplification of procedures under the GDPR, most companies have regarded ICO registration as at an end …

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United Kingdom: Free-trade practices

To overcome some of the UK’s trading difficulties following Brexit, the government may wish to adopt the free-trade practices that have grown up across Latin America under the umbrella of “maquiladora” …

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United Kingdom: John Lewis and Waitrose merge

The Roman Courtier at the time of Nero, Caius Petronius, once observed about re-organisation that it was a wonderful method “for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation“ …

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United Kingdom: New immigration rules

A date has yet to be announced for commencement of the government’s proposed change to immigration rules …

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United Kingdom: International trade after Brexit

Now that the UK Supreme Court has ruled on the legality of proroguing parliament MPs can get on with the task of trying to avoid a “No-Deal Brexit” …

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United Kingdom: Suspending Parliament was unlawful, judges rule

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that proroguing parliament after the Summer break was unlawful and therefore null and void …

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United Kingdom: Northern Ireland as a special economic zone?

The government has taken FedEE advice and is actively exploring the making of Northern Ireland into a semi-autonomous special economic zone …

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United Kingdom: Tiers 2, 4 and 5 of the Points Based System: Guidance for Sponsors

New guidance is now available for company sponsors from the Home Office concerning Tiers 2,4 and 5 migrants entering the UK …

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United Kingdom: Consultation on measures to address one-sided flexibility

Just a short time is now left for employers to comment on the Good Work Plan’s consultation paper relating to “one-sided flexibility” …

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United Kingdom: Deal or no deal, the EU is in control of Brexit

Having been deeply involved in the Brexit debate from the very outset FedEE has recently disengaged from the debate. This is because all the central players in the UK fail to realise that the UK’s departure from EU Membership on October 31st, with or without a deal, is no longer in their hands. It is the European Union – principally the European Commission and Council of Ministers – who have the power to allow the UK to remain in the EU, or leave it. The current UK debate is entirely stale and it is irrelevant what any UK court decides – especially as there is no written UK constitution. Voting not to leave the EU without a deal will have no affect on the departure unless the EU gives the UK more time – and there is no indication that this will be given whilst the UK has its current Prime Minister.

United Kingdom: New legal redundancy protections for pregnant women and new mothers

Following a public consultation exercise earlier this year, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has decided to introduce new legal redundancy protections for pregnant women and new mothers …

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United Kingdom: Retail sales decline in July, CBI says

In spite of recent reports that UK consumers were on a buying spree the real picture of retail sales has now come from a Confederation of British Industry (CBI) index …

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United Kingdom: Where are the greatest concentrations of HR Manager and Director (HRM) jobs

HR is not only becoming increasingly an avenue for women to move into management, but one that increasingly demands high levels of formal qualifications …

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United Kingdom: Whistleblower protection

The UK parliament’s All Party Parliamentary Group has just issued conclusions from the first of its three planned reviews of UK Whistleblower protection …

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