Tuesday, January 30, 2018European Commission

Preparing the Brexit: a notice of the European Commission

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On 22 January 2018, the European Commission published a notice to encourage all interested parties, and especially economic operators, to get prepared to the legal repercussions of the withdrawal of United Kingdom from the Union. It is not just a matter for EU and national authorities but also for private parties, highlights the text. And it is also a concern for cosmetics industry.

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This notice first reminds that the United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement establishes another date, all Union primary and secondary law will cease to apply to the United Kingdom from 30 March 2019, 00:00h (CET) (‘the withdrawal date’). The United Kingdom will then become a ‘third country’.

In view of the considerable uncertainties, in particular concerning the content of a possible withdrawal agreement, all interested parties, and especially economic operators, are thus reminded of legal repercussions, which need to be considered when the United Kingdom becomes a third country.

Subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement, as of the withdrawal date, the EU rules in the field of non-food and non-agricultural products, whether for use by consumers or professionals (hereinafter referred to as “Union product legislation”), no longer apply to the United Kingdom. This has, in particular, the consequences presented below for products placed on the EU-27 market as from the withdrawal date.

Within the list of Union product legislation to which this notice …

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