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London Partner Mathew Rea was quoted Aug. 23 by The Law Society Gazette and by Law360 on the UK government’s “Enforcement and dispute resolution - a future partnership” paper. Rea, co-head of the firm’s International Arbitration Team, is quoted in The Law Society Gazette saying that the paper “recognises that where, as they must, agreements between the EU and the UK mirror language used in existing EU law, that language will need to be interpreted and applied by any independent dispute resolution body in accordance with ECJ decisions. This makes sense. Decisions by an independent body on interpretation of EU law cannot bind the EU and its member states, and divergence in interpretation of the same laws would, as the paper acknowledges, be ‘undesirable.’” In Law360, he explained that “This is a clear backtrack on the government’s previous stance that the ECJ would be a ‘red line’ in the Brexit negotiations and that there could be no future role whatsoever for the ECJ post-Brexit.” Click here to read The Law Society Gazette article. Click here to read the Law360 piece.

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