The draft EU/UK Withdrawal Agreement under Article 50/TFEU

Fide continues to work with Cristopher Muttukumaru in analysing the progress being made by the Brexit negotiations. In this new draft, Christopher answers questions such as:
  • In negotiating the draft Withdrawal Agreement, what is the ideology that lies behind the policy rhetoric?
  • What is the broad scope of the draft Withdrawal Agreement?
  • How will the UK give effect to its obligations in the draft WA? What are the UK parliamentary steps that lie ahead?
  • To what extent are the enforcement provisions in the draft Withdrawal Agreement agreed? Why do they matter?
  • What will happen in the transition period? Is the EUWB compatible with the obligations which the UK intends to assume under the Withdrawal Agreement?
  • What will happen to ongoing cases and issues which straddle either side of exit day?
  • Cases arising outside the transitional period
The draft can be downloaded from this link, or it can be found below, at the bottom of the article.

Christopher Muttukumaru

CB, DL, barrister and a member of FIDE’s Academic Council. Muttukumaru was a member of Monckton Chambers in Gray's Inn in London from 2014 to 2018. Christopher was previously General Counsel to the UK Department for Transport where he was the Chief Legal Adviser to eight successive Secretaries of State for Transport between 2001 and 2013. As General Counsel he was also a member of the DfT Executive Board. Earlier in his career, he was Legal Director at the Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions, as well as at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. He was the principal legal adviser on EC Law issues in the Attorney-General’s office. He has been involved in advising Ministers on Public Law issues, as well as European and International Law issues, over many years. For example, in the Attorney’s Office, he was involved in the Factortame litigation; in DfT he handled the UK Government’s application for state aid approval for the funding of Network Rail; and, as Deputy Legal Adviser at the Ministry of Defence he was a senior member of the UK diplomatic delegation which negotiated the establishment of the International Criminal Court at the United Nations. Christopher was educated at Oxford University and is a Bencher at Gray's Inn (the Governing Council of the Inn). He holds a doctorate of laws (honoris causa) from City University (part of London University). He was vice chair of the Advisory Board of the Law Faculty of City University for many years. Christopher has written extensively, and spoken in the UK and EU, about matters such as international legal cooperation and Brexit legal issues. He is a deputy to the Lord Lieutenant for Greater London. Member of Fide´s Academic Council (based in London). 


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