Topic: Brexit

UK government delays planned crackdown on digital markets

The UK government has published its proposals for the country’s new digital markets competition regime, but warned that legislation needed to implement the rules may not be passed until next year.

06 May 2022

UK court rejects Microsoft challenge to standalone abuse claim

Microsoft has failed to convince the High Court of England and Wales to diverge from the EU definition of an “undertaking” to throw out a standalone abuse of dominance claim against it.

14 April 2022

UK consults on new vertical block exemption rules

The UK government has proposed excluding wide price parity clauses from its tailored block exemption regulation relating to vertical agreements, while adding certain new exemptions for agreements that would generally be considered anticompetitive.

22 February 2022

UK exempts fuel sector from antitrust rules to quell delivery crisis

The UK government has suspended competition law in the fuel sector to tackle supply issues that have resulted in panic-buying across the country, signalling its willingness once again to balance antitrust rules and principles with other public policy objectives.

27 September 2021

CMA plans to increase fines in updated penalty guidance

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is consulting on proposed changes to its penalty guidance, with a view to increasing fines to ensure deterrence as the agency investigates larger companies.

05 July 2021

New UK subsidy regime abandons pre-approval process

The UK government has unveiled a subsidy control system to replace EU state aid rules, including a new advisory unit that will sit within the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority.

30 June 2021

UK enforcer recommends adopting ‘tailored’ VBER

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is proposing to replace the European Union’s vertical agreements block exemption regulation with an amended UK-tailored law.

17 June 2021

New report calls for overhaul of UK competition regime

John Penrose, a member of parliament in the UK, has delivered a series of wide-ranging recommendations to the government for improving competition.

16 February 2021

UK consults on “bespoke” state aid regime

The UK government is preparing a state subsidy control regime to preserve competition in the country’s internal market, overseen by a new regulator that might potentially sit within the Competition and Markets Authority.

03 February 2021

CMA warns of parallel investigations after Brexit transition period

The UK’s competition watchdog has said a “significant proportion” of deals will face parallel merger investigations in the UK and the EU after the Brexit transition period, while also warning it could issue interim orders to deals already approved by the European Commission.

02 December 2020

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