Michel Barnier who is leading the Brexit negotiations for the EU has confirmed that negotiations are due to begin on 19 June 2017 following the UK Parliament’s reconvention post the General Election. Mr Barnier hopes to submit his first report to EU leaders regarding the status of the Brexit negotiations on 23 June 2017 which is exactly a year after the UK voted to leave the EU.
According to the report, negotiations are planned to take place in four-week cycles, each focusing on a different “key issue”. Crucial topics of discuss will no doubt include the following:
- the future relationship between the UK and the Unified Patent Court system.
- trade marks
- other aspects of IP law which are governed wholly or in part by EU legislation.
These Brexit negotiations have been said to be the most important negotiations in the UK’s history.