The UK Government’s withdrawal agreement with the EU Commission enters into force, including its State aid provisions

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State aid Rules in the UK after Brexit: Alignment or Divergence?*Introduction On Saturday, 1 February 2020, the United Kingdom will no longer be a Member of the European Union. Will it then have to abide by EU State aid rules? According to the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the UK from the EU, the whole of the UK will remain subject to state aid rules until 31 December 2020, which is the end of the “transition period”, while in Northern Ireland the rules will apply at least until 31 December 2024.” As for the future relationship between the two sides, the Political Declaration that accompanies the Withdrawal Agreement expresses their commitment to “prevent distortions of trade and unfair competitive advantages. To that end, the Parties should uphold the common high standards applicable

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Phedon Nicolaides, The UK Government’s withdrawal agreement with the EU Commission enters into force, including its State aid provisions, 31 January 2020, e-Competitions January 2020, Art. N° 93470

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