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4th February 2020
External Relations & Trade

UK could become a party to the Lugano Convention on cross-border jurisdiction

Following the UK’s Separation Agreement with EEA EFTA, which we reported on in our post here, the UK’s official government website has published a statement about possibly joining the Lugano Convention, on cross-border jurisdiction:

‘The EEA EFTA Separation Agreement does not cover civil judicial cooperation (or ‘Private International Law’) matters. Private International Law matters between the UK and relevant EFTA states (in this instance Norway, Iceland and Switzerland only) are governed by the Lugano Convention 2007. This international agreement sits outside of the EEA legal framework. The UK welcomes the statements of support it is [sic] has received from its EFTA partners on its intention to accede in its own right to the Lug

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