Brexit – UK’s Internet legal landscape following EU exit

The following article is a high level view of the consequences of Brexit from a legal perspective as it relates to Internet related business.
Background

At the outset there is only one thing for certain and that is that the legal position after Brexit does not have to be uncertain. Indeed, it is possible to extrapolate which laws will fall away and what will be left in place as this will largely depend on what type of post-Brexit model is adopted by the UK. With this in mind the background position regarding Brexit so far is as follows.

The EU is governed by (1) The Treaty of the European Union (TEU); and (2) The Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) (the “EU Treaties”). The referendum does not mean that the UK has automatically left the EU. Article 50 of the TEU sets out the necessary mechanisms for the UK’s departure. It provides that:

i) A Member State may leave within two years of notifying the European Council (the Council) of its intention to withdraw from the EU. There is a negotiation process for the withdrawal and future working relationship with the EU Art 50(2)(b);

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