EU: Lugano is off the table

We previously blogged about reports that the European Commission had advised the EU not to allow the UK to accede to the Lugano Convention.

On 1 July 2021, Switzerland, in its capacity as depository of the Convention, notified the Parties to the Convention that the EU has formally withheld its consent to the UK’s accession:

With reference to its notification of 14 April 2020, the depositary informs that, by communication received on 28 June 2021, the European Union notified not to be in a position to give its consent to invite the United Kingdom to accede to the Lugano Convention (see enclosed note verbale of 22 June 2021).

The EU note verbale withholding consent is available here.

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