“Legal certainty is fundamental to the ability to conduct business. Companies rely on the rule of law to uphold contracts, and to seek redress if one side falls short of the bargain.

“Throughout the EU’s history there have been thousands of disputes pursued throughout the courts relating to cross-border trade. For businesses, both in the UK and EU, to trade confidently with their partners, they need clarity on how these issues will be resolved in the future.

“Firms on both sides benefit from a shared dispute framework across borders, so future procedures should be as stream-lined as possible to prevent unnecessary obstacles or bureaucracy.”

ENDS.

Notes to editors:

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