This blogpost was written on May 27th 2018.
This week the Brexit negotiations resumed in Brussels with the UK presenting a series of papers, or rather PowerPoints, on issues ranging from future economic relationships between the two sides, through security cooperation to data protection and data flows.
On data protection, an issue with which we are very familiar, the UK’s pitch can best be summed up as:
Can we all pretend, and act, as if the UK has not left the EU?
Can we have exactly the same arrangement on data flows as we have now?
After Brexit, we won’t really be a third country, you know, not really, so can our data protection person still turn up at meetings of the European Data Protection Board?
But, of course, we will be outside the jurisdiction of the European Court and so we will need our own procedures to resolve disputes.
The only surprise is that the presentation did not end with that much used advert punchline: “…because we’re worth it”.