After a relaxing winter break, we are kick starting 2018 with an edition on the topical issue of free movement. This is likely to be the main focus for the year ahead, as the UK starts negotiations for its new relationship. It is yet to be seen whether it will opt for free trade arrangements or something more akin to single market. 

The year has started well for the Brussels Office, as the Brussels Agenda has been nominated for the award of ‘Best Association Magazine or Publication” at the European Association Awards 2018. We are thrilled with the nomination and are looking forward to attending the awards ceremony in February.

This month we have viewpoint articles from experts Sven Norberg, Georges Baur and Pascal Kerneis, which focus on post Brexit arrangements, free movement within EFTA and updates on trade policy respectively.

There are several updates on Brexit related topics such as the City UK financial services proposal for FTA mechanisms, the Home Office Stance on Free Movement of people and analysis of the recently published EU-UK Citizen’s Rights agreement. We have also prepared a summary of EU free movement regulations on registration and an update on Michel Barnier’s proposed timelines and the General Council meeting on 29 January.

With the New Year we have also welcomed our newest member of the Brussels Office, Benjamin Boss, who is a trainee on secondment from Burges Salmon in Bristol. We have also said farewell to one of our former trainees, Harriet Diplock who has returned to Bristol to commence her fifth seat in dispute resolution. We thank her for her hard work with us, and wish her every success in her new role.