The UK left the European Union at 11pm on Friday, 31 January 2020. The UK Government's 80-seat majority in the House of Commons ensured that the Withdrawal Agreement Act, the legislation necessary to make the Withdrawal Agreement legally effective in the UK, passed. On the EU's side, the Withdrawal Agreement was ratified by the European Parliament on Wednesday, 29 January 2020.

The key to navigating Brexit as well as the future relationship successfully is informed analysis, accurate forecasting and practical contingency planning. If you would like to discuss Brexit impact on your business and how we can help going forward, please do speak to your usual DLA Piper contact; Paul Hardy, our dedicated Brexit Director and head of Government Affairs in the UK; Richard Sterneberg, head of our EU Government Affairs practice in Brussels; or Richard Bonnar, chair of the DLA Piper Brexit Committee.

Our team of experienced lawyers have examined the impact of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) across a number of key commercial areas and have published their views in the trade deal analysis section of the site. To stay updated on latest developments, please subscribe to our Trade Truths publications.