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On 4 September 2019, the House of Commons passed a Bill (327 in favor to 299 against) that requires the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to seek an extension from the EU if he cannot obtain a withdrawal agreement by 19 October. The extension would effectively preclude a “no-deal” Brexit and ensure continuity. The House of Lords passed the Bill on a voice vote on 6 September 2019, after defeating an amendment (283-28) that would have…

On 21 May 2019, the Belgian Act of 2 May 2019 (Numac : 2019012449) including various financial provisions was published in the Belgian Official Gazette. Title VII The aforementioned act contains a Title VII, implementing the EU Blocking Regulation 2271/96 in Belgium. Under the EU Blocking Regulation, the EU operators are in principle prohibited from complying with the (U.S. Iran – Cuba) sanctions, as specified in its annex. They can, however, be authorised to comply…

On May 17, 2019, President Trump signed a Proclamation Adjusting Imports of Automobiles and Automobile Parts Into the United States under Section 232 the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1862). The Proclamation states that the Secretary of Commerce’s (the Secretary) Section 232 report on his investigation into the effects of imports of passenger vehicles (sedans, sport utility vehicles, crossover utility vehicles, minivans, and cargo vans) and light trucks (collectively “automobiles”) and certain…

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/673 of 27 February 2019 amending Regulation (EU) 2018/196 on additional customs duties on imports of certain products originating in the United States of America was published on 30 April in the Official Journal.   As a result of the United States’ failure to bring the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (CDSOA) in compliance with its WTO obligations, the EU had imposed additional duties on certain US products. Over the years,…

On 25 April 2019, the Official Journal published Regulation (EU) 2019/632 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2019 amending Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 to prolong the transitional use of means other than the electronic data-processing techniques provided for in the Union Customs Code (Regulation 2019/632). Article 278 of the Union Customs Code (UCC) set a single deadline of 31 December 2020 for the deployment of all the systems referred to in that Article, and despite the efforts made by the Union and some of the Member States at budgetary and operational levels to complete the work within the time limit given, it has become evident that some systems can only be partially deployed by that date.

On 17 April 2019, the European Commission posted information on a public consultation under Article 9 of the EU Enforcement Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 654/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014) in which the Commission seeks information and views regarding the EU’s economic interests. The Commission expects to receive input from private stakeholders potentially affected by planned EU commercial policy measures further to the adjudication of a trade dispute with the United States on Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft under the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding (“DSU”).