On the day EU leaders gathered in Brussels to discuss the Brexit transition deal (March 22, 2018), Mayer Brown partners Liz Stern and Nick Robertson, together with Paul Sarauskas and Jad Taha, hosted the latest in our series of interactive workshops, “Preparing for the changes in free movement that Brexit heralds.” Clients across multiple industries including financial services, consulting, life sciences, and insurance attended, providing a valuable opportunity to discuss the actions that employers should take now. The slide deck is available here.
The invocation by the government of the United Kingdom of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which allows a member state to notify the European Union of its withdrawal from the Union, took place on 29 March 2017. A two-year negotiation is now in place, and 29 March 2019 is the official date on which withdrawal – the “Brexit” – is slated to occur. During this interim period leading to the 2019 withdrawal date, freedom of movement rules continue to apply. We discuss below the changes envisioned and rank risk depending on the region and status of workers currently capitalizing on reciprocal citizens rights.