The International Relations Commission of the Barcelona Bar Association (ICAB) has held the webinar «Practical problems and frequently asked questions in the post-Brexit era. A conversation between the Spanish and British Lawyers ”organized with the aim of addressing in an analytical and practical way the main questions that both the British and Spanish Lawyers pose in the framework of the post-Brexit era.
The webinar had the participation of: Eugenia Gay, Dean of the Bar Association of Barcelona; the barrister and Spanish lawyer, León Fernando del Canto; the lawyer and Registered European Lawyer in London, Josep Galvez; The lawyer, solicitor and president of the International and EU Law Section of the ICAB, Yolanda Lobao and the barrister expert in Family Law, Sarah Lucy Cooper. Has moderated the table Christian Herrera Petrus, lawyer, European Doctor of Law and member of the ICAB International Relations Commission.
Within the framework of this act, the dean of the Barcelona Bar Association has stated that the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union is one of the political processes that pose the greatest challenges in legal and economic terms in the future; and has highlighted the need for a re-founding of the European Union and the promotion of multilateralism to reach global consensus to face the transcendental cross-border challenges that humanity faces.
The dean has also stated that “Brexit” has been an example of how today’s society requires solutions based on agreement and dialogue, because although British citizens decided to leave the United Kingdom from the European Union in the past June 26, 2016, the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated under art. 50 of the Treaty of the European Union would not be reached until January 1, 2020, after several extensions of the 2-year period provided for in the aforementioned provision.
One of the trends in the aforementioned negotiation has been that the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union had the least possible impact on citizens and companies, taking into account the intense relationship between both regions after more than 47 years sharing a Market Common based on the free movement of goods, services, capital and people.
Since January 1 of this year 2021, the Trade and Cooperation Agreement concluded between the European Union and the United Kingdom has been applied in order to establish preferential regimes in many areas but there are many aspects of daily life that have not been foreseen or agreed between the United Kingdom and the European Union so far; Issues that affect differently at the economic, contractual, labor, tax level or that affect in a more or less intense way in real estate investments, in the development of immigration policies or in matters of Family Law and Private International Law.
The importance of responding to how the legal relations between Spanish and British will be from now on or how it will affect the practice regime of Spanish lawyers in the United Kingdom is a situation that cannot be ignored given the intense economic and social relationship that exists. between the UK and Spain; and notably with the city of Barcelona, where more than 30,000 British reside and numerous visits from English tourists take place.